HP Pavilion dv2
The dilution of the netbook category into a more general class of ultra-portables has been long in coming, and the HP Pavilion dv2 is case in point. The dv2 certainly looks like a netbook. The 12" screen results in a small, thin frame, and the solid-but-thrifty build quality which accompanies most netbooks applies. Picking up the dv2 reveals no further points against its netbook pedigree, as the dv2 weighs a little under four pounds. The 1280x800 resolution screen is what one would expect, as well.
However, the HP Pavilion dv2 is packing a lot more power than the average netbook. Its processor is the Athlon Neo, a modification of the classic Athlon 64 built specifically for the use of HP. It is a single core processor running at only 1.6Ghz, which hardly seems exciting. However, the Atom and the Nano are both very slow processors even when measured on a clock-for-clock basis. This means that while the Neo's clock speed of 1.6Ghz looks only slightly faster than the typical Atom netbook on paper, it is nearly twice as fast during actual use.
The HP Pavilion dv2 is loaded with features, as well. A 92% keyboard, Bluetooth, Radeon 3000 series graphics, and a 320GB Western Digital hard drive are all standard features. This is a powerful computer by any measure, and the $749.99 price tag reflects the increase in performance. Unfortunately, battery life suffers, as the dv2's battery life is generally half that of the Samsung NC20.
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