Computex 2009: Ultra-thin and portable but powerful
We may have had a few issues with its battery life and weren’t too sure that the discrete graphics was entirely at home in an ultra-portable machine but what we couldn’t deny was how stunning a chassis HPs Pavilion dv2 notebook had and now there’s even more reason to buy one…
The company has just announced a new dual-core addition to the lineup that is based on the same beautiful chassis. It will use the also newly announced dual-core version of AMDs low power Neo notebook CPU, the single core version of which shipped in the original dv2. Unfortunately the graphics card options haven’t been updated so you’ve still got a choice between decent battery life and acceptable performance from the integrated X1250 solution or poorer battery life and better-but-still-not-actually-any-good-for-modern-gaming performance from the discrete HD 3410 solution.
What might really swing things for this new model, though, is its new 4910mAh battery. Despite the single core Neo CPU having a Thermal Design Power (TDP) of 15W, its piddling 2,900mAh battery struggled to deliver more than a couple of hours in general use and only 83mins during DVD playback. As the new dual-core Neo, which incidentally runs at 1.6GHz just like its single core brother, only has a TDP of 20W, this could lead to a significant rise in the dv2’s battery life as well as delivering improved performance.