HP Ships Ultrathin Pavilion Dv2 Notebook

two new low-cost, ultrathin notebooks

The Pavilion dv2 weighs less than four pounds and its magnesium casing measures less than an inch thick. Palo Alto, Calif.-based HP lists a starting price of $749 for the dv2, as compared to a $649 after-rebate starting price for a Pavilion dv3z found on the company's e-tail Web site Wednesday. The standard Pavilion dv3 started at $769 on the HP Web site.

The 12.1-inch HP Pavilion dv2, pictured on the left, joins the Pavilion dv3 released in January.

The Pavilion dv2 release also marks the debut of Advanced Micro Devices' Athlon Neo processor for ultrathin notebooks. The single-core, 1.6GHz Athlon Neo MV-40 includes 512 KB of L2 cache in a new, small-footprint processor package that is 27 x 27mm and just 2.5mm tall for a 50 percent reduction in platform height compared to previous AMD mobile chips. The new processor also features AMD's PowerNow power management technology, which switches performance states for core voltage and operating frequency based on the part's performance requirements, and supports SSE, SSE2, SSE3 and MMX instructions via AMD Digital Media Express.

The Pavilion dv2 also includes the Sunnyvale, Calif.-based chip maker's ATI Mobility Radeon HD Premium Graphics 3410 chipset. The larger Pavilion dv3 is built around AMD's dual-core, 2.1GHz Turion X2 RM-72 chip and features ATI Radeon HD 3200 graphics.

The new notebook has a 12.1-inch diagonal 1,280 x 800 LED BrightView display and what HP describes as a "nearly full-size" keyboard. The finish is "Espresso black" with a matching HP Imprint design on the Pavilion dv2's palm rest. Other specs include a 320-GB hard disk drive, Webcam and microphone, 6-cell Lithium-Ion battery, integrated 10/100 Ethernet LAN, 802.11a/b/g/n WLAN, Altec Lansing speakers and an external LightScribe optical drive.

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The Pavilion dv2 ships with Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit, Symantec's Norton Internet Security 2009 and HP's own MediaSmart multimedia software. The unit is Energy Star-qualified and EPEAT Silver-registered.