HP offers dual-core Athlon Neo in new Pavilion dv2z

After the Pavilion dv2, say hello to the Pavilion dv2z. HP has released a new version of its low-cost ultraportable, which starts at a lower price and can be customized with new dual-core Athlon Neo X2 and Turion Neo X2 processors from AMD.

In its base configuration, the Pavilion dv2z costs $599.99 and features a 1.6GHz Athlon Neo MV-40, Radeon X1250 integrated graphics, a gig of RAM, a 250GB mechanical hard drive, 802.11g Wi-Fi, a six-cell battery, and Windows Vista Home Basic x86. It also has the same 12.1" 1280x800 display and chassis design as the dv2.

You can step up to the Athlon Neo X2 L335 for an extra $25 and to the Turion Neo X2 L625 for $75 more. Both of these processors have dual 1.6GHz cores, but the Turion apparently has twice as much L2 cache (1MB instead of 512KB). HP also lets you pay $80 extra for an upgrade to Radeon HD 3410 discrete graphics and Windows Vista Home Premium.

Incidentally, HP offers both "Espresso Black" and "Moonlight White" versions of the dv2z. For some inexplicable reason, however, the white paint job induces a $25 price premium. Perhaps HP is trying to emulate the Mac tax?

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