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HP outs dv2, dv3 as MacBook rivals

updated 10:35 pm EST, Mon January 5, 2009

HP dv2 and dv3

HP's pre-CES launches today include two new Pavilion notebooks, one of which marks a first for the company's choice of processors. The 12-inch dv2 is one of the first systems to carry AMD's new Athlon Neo processor and uses a 1.6GHz version of the chip to provide ultraportable dimensions closer to a MacBook Air without cutting too deeply in terms of performance or price, unlike the aluminum chassis and Intel Core 2 Duo S of the Apple system; this and an LED-backlit display help keep the weight down to 3.8 pounds and the case down to between 0.93in and 1.29in despite the use of traditional notebook hard drives. HP likewise promises a 92 percent sized keyboard in the normally tight spaces of ultraportables.

As with many ultraportables, the dv2's optical drive is external and comes either as an ordinary DVD burner or as a Blu-ray combo drive. The system is relatively quick in graphics and hinges on a dedicated Mobility Radeon HD 3410 fast enough to drive HD video and common 3D chores in Windows Vista. A built-in webcam and a 160GB hard drive are standard, while options exist for up to 500GB of storage and networking up to 802.11n Wi-Fi and Qualcomm's Gobi 3G card.

The dv3 is a resuscitation of HP's recently phased-out dv3500 and returns the familiar 13.3-inch, bronze notebook as HP's most direct alternative to the standard MacBook. Like its Apple counterpart and the dv2, it too has an LED-backlit display but is less than 0.1 pounds heavier than its sibling product even with an internal optical drive. It uses faster, more conventional AMD notebook parts starting from a minimum 2GHz Athlon X2 but drops down to integrated Mobility Radeon HD 3200 video. Storage also ranges between just 160GB and 400GB and removes the Blu-ray option.

The dv2 starts off at $699 in its most basic configuration, while the more advanced dv3 starts at $799.



by MacNN Staff



  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    So what's the deal, did the MacNN writers just learn the word "outs"? They've been using it a lot today.

    And where does HP actually claim these are MacBook rivals?

  1. MyRightEye

    Joined: Dec 1969


    they're plastic

    ah, they're plastic.

  1. JuanGuapo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Imitation... still the most sincere form of flattery. However, all but the base white Macbook are Aluminum now.

  1. dynsight

    Joined: Dec 1969


    HP Makes good stuff

    These look like nice machines for the price.

    Re: Outs... this term usually refers the releasing of information (usually related to sexual orientation) about an individual or organization against their will.

    MacNN- The English language is a finely nuanced language when used properly... please do so.

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