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HP Pavilion dv2000t review: HP Pavilion dv2000t

The HP Pavilion dv2000t delivers an eye-catching case, a strong set of features, solid performance with the Intel Core Duo processor, and excellent battery life with the 12-cell extended battery.

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Michelle Thatcher

Former Senior Associate Editor, Laptops

Tech expert Michelle Thatcher grew up surrounded by gadgets and sustained by Tex-Mex cuisine. Life in two major cities--first Chicago, then San Francisco--broadened her culinary horizons beyond meat and cheese, and she's since enjoyed nearly a decade of wining, dining, and cooking up and down the California coast. Though her gadget lust remains, the practicalities of her small kitchen dictate that single-function geegaws never stay around for long.

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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.

6.9

HP Pavilion dv2000t

The Good

Strong set of specs for the price; can be configured with AMD or Intel processor; bright 14.1-inch display; includes most of the ports and connections home users need.

The Bad

Keys are noisy.

The Bottom Line

The HP Pavilion dv2000t delivers an eye-catching case, a strong set of features, solid performance with the Intel Core Duo processor, and excellent battery life with the 12-cell extended battery.

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.

For more information on the HP Pavilion dv2000t, see our review of the virtually identical HP Compaq Presario V3000 or the HP Pavilion dv2000z.

Mobile application performance
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System configurations:
Dell Inspiron E1405
Windows XP Media Center; 1.83GHz Intel Core Duo T2400; 1,024MB PC4300 DDR2 SDRAM 533MHz; Intel 945GM Express Family 224MB; Toshiba MK8032GSX 80GB 5,400rpm
HP Compaq nx6325
Windows XP Professional; 1.8GHz AMD Turion 64 X2 TL-56; 512MB PC5300 DDR2 SDRAM 666MHz; ATI Radeon Xpress 1150 256MB; Hitachi Travelstar 5K100 80GB 5,400rpm
HP Compaq Presario V3000
Windows XP Pro; 1.83GHz Intel Core Duo T2400; 512MB PC4300 DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; Intel Mobile i945GM Express 128MB; Hitachi Travelstar 5K100 60GB 5,400rpm
HP Pavilion dv2000t
Windows XP Home; 2.16GHz Intel Centrino Duo; 2GB PC4300 DDR2 SDRAM 533MHz; Intel 945GM Express 128MB; Seagate Momentus 5400.2 120GB 5,400rpm
HP Pavilion dv2000z
Windows XP Home; 1.67GHz AMD Turion 64 X2; 2GB PC4300 DDR2 SDRAM 533MHz; Nvidia GeForce 6150 256MB; Fujitsu MHV2100BH 100GB 5,400rpm

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6.9

HP Pavilion dv2000t

Score Breakdown

Design 6Features 7Performance 7Battery 8Support 6