The Bottom Line
- Dedicated Graphics Capable of Full HD Video
- Well Prices
- Includes External DVD Burner
- Battery Life Is Much Shorter Than Netbooks and CULV Laptops
- Thicker Than Most Netbooks and Ultraportables
- AMD Athlon Neo MV-40 Mobile Processor
- 2GB PC2-6400 DDR2 Memory
- 250GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
- External USB 8x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner With LightScribe
- 12.1" WXGA (1280x800) LED Backlit Display With 1.3 Megapixel Webcam
- ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3410 Graphics With 512MB Memory
- Fast Ethernet, 802.11a/g/n Wireless
- Three USB 2.0, VGA, HDMI, 5-in-1 Card Reader
- 11.5" x 9.5" x 1.3" @ 3.8 lbs.
- Vista Home Premium, Works, HP MediaSmart, Cyberlink DVD Suite, Norton Internet Security
Guide Review - HP Pavilion dv2-1110us 12.1-inch Ultraportable Laptop PC
Sep 14 2009 - HP's Pavilion dv2-1110us is not quite a netbook and not quite a full laptop either, but that is exactly where HP wants it to be. The system uses a very low power consuming AMD Athlon Neo MV-40 processor. This provides more performance than the Intel Atom but not quite up to the Core 2 Solo. It does give the Pavilion a snappier response loading applications and is certainly capable as a laptop as long as you don't multitask much.
Since the Pavilion dv2 is not classified as a netbook, it comes equipped with a more storage features. The 250GB hard drive provides it with a good deal more storage space than the 160GB limit on netbooks and is comparable to most low cost ultraportables. The big advantage though is the included external USB DVD burner that allows it to playback and even record CD and DVD media that many netbooks and ultraportables lack.
The biggest benefit of the Pavilion dv2 though is the graphics. The larger 12.1-inch display provides a larger workspace that is easier to use than the 10-inch screens found on netbooks. It also uses a dedicated ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3410 processor. While this isn't going to be much use for those hoping to play PC games unless at the lowest detail settings, it does did the laptop the ability to properly playback full 1080p HD video streams.
While all of this might seem like a great alternative to a netbook, the Pavilion dv2 does have two big drawbacks. First, the battery life is roughly half of what can be achieved by netbook and new CULV based ultraportables. Second, the laptop is fairly thick with a 1.3-inch height at the hinge and this doesn't even include an internal DVD drive.
At a price under $600 though, the Pavilion dv2-1110us certainly provides a lot more options for those wanting a compact laptop with more features than a netbook.