Editor's note: On January 30, 2007, HP began offering only Windows Vista on its consumer notebooks. This review covers the Windows XP version of the laptop. Though its features and configuration remain the same, this model's performance and battery life with Windows Vista may be slightly varied.
With the release of the Pavilion dv2000, HP inaugurates a new look and feel for its Pavilion line of laptops. Departing from the familiar matte silver-and-black case, the dv2000 has sleek rounded edges, a high-gloss finish (which HP says is particularly scratch resistant), and a subtle Zen wave design on the lid. Looks aside, however, the Pavilion dv2000 sticks to the same basic script as previous Pavilion models: you get a strong set of components and most of the features that a home user will want for a competitive price, starting at $830. HP has also upped the ante with the dv2000's processor options: you can configure it with either an Intel Core Solo or Core Duo, or AMD Sempron or Turion 64 X2 processors. The Turion-powered Pavilion dv2000z was unimpressive in the performance and battery-life categories, but the Pavilion dv2000t--thanks to its superspeedy 2.16GHz Core Duo processor and larger battery--scored well in both arenas.
When it comes to design, features, and software, the Pavilion dv2000 is virtually identical to the Compaq Presario V3000, with the exception of a Webcam built into the Pavilion's lid. For complete details about the dv2000's overall design, feature set, and warranty, head on over to CNET's HP Compaq Presario V3000 review.
Where the two models differ is configuration: the Pavilion adds the option of discrete graphics into the component mix, though our Pavilion dv2000t review unit used an integrated Intel GMA 950 video card to power its glossy, 14.1-inch, 1,280x800 native resolution. The $1,850 configuration also had a 2.16GHz Intel Core Duo processor, 2GB of fast 667MHz RAM, a 120GB hard drive spinning at 5,400rpm, and the 12-cell extended battery. In CNET Labs' mobile benchmarks, the Pavilion dv2000t ran almost 30 percent faster than its Turion-powered sibling, though it managed only an insignificant 2 percent performance advantage over the 1.86GHz Dell Inspiron E1405. With the extended battery, which weighs 1.4 pounds and sticks out from the bottom of the notebook, the Pavilion dv2000t lasted 6 hours, 1 minute away from an outlet. Though 6 hours might get most people through the day, the Dell Inspiron E1405 trounced the Pavilion dv2000t, with a battery life of 7 hours, 21 minutes.