HP Pavilion dv3-2055ea review

Has HP provided a 13 inch multimedia marvel?

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Our Verdict

A great laptop with impressive features and performance

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1366 x 768
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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  • Lots of features
  • Amazing battery life


  • Screen isn't too inspiring

HP's Pavilion range represents the company's consumer laptops. Featuring glossy plastics and bold patterning they are highly stylised, but they also boast impressive performance and features which give them a broad appeal. Here we take a look at the Pavilion dv3-2055ea.

Constructed from shiny black plastic, both the lid and the palmrest quickly attract dust, dirt and fingerprints. Both also feature HP's Imprint pattern design. While it will appeal to some buyers it will put others off. Build quality is good, however, and should prove sufficiently rugged for the regular traveller.

The 13.3-inch Super-TFT screen is bright, detailed and features a widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio, which is ideal for viewing films. Colour reproduction is satisfactory, although not particularly vibrant, and the glossy screen coating produces irritating reflections in bright light.

The Nvidia graphics card means light multimedia tasks are possible, so you'll be able to edit your holiday snaps with ease.

Despite flexing a little, the keyboard is excellent and provides a firm, competent action, with the smooth, concave keys proving very easy to strike. The shiny touchpad looks great and is also easy to use. It is quite easy to brush while typing, however, so HP has implemented a hotkey alongside it, to lock it when not in use.

The HP features the common 2GHz Core 2 Duo but, despite featuring 4096MB of memory, performance didn't prove quite so good. Nevertheless, everyday use was more than acceptable. As a result, you'll have no problem running various office applications at the same time.


The 500GB hard drive is more than capable of holding an entire family's files. Comprehensive extra features include the optical drive's LightScribe technology and also a fingerprint scanner, which is great for those who consider the security of their data a priority. The battery life is mightily impressive, providing a fantastic 308 minutes of portable power.

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Connectivity is equally impressive, with 802.11a/g/n Wi-Fi providing the fastest wireless connections currently possible, and Gigabit Ethernet does the same for fixed connections.

Three USB ports are included and an eSATA interface allows the rapid transfer of data to an external HDD. Finally, VGA and HDMI-out ports let you connect analogue and digital monitors.

The Pavilion dv3-2055ea impresses in nearly every way and if you like the design then this laptop makes a very tempting proposition.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Hard Drive Capacity500 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerNVIDIA
Graphics Controller ModelGeForce G 105M
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
Finger Print ReaderYes
Solid State Drive CapacityNo
Backlight TechnologyLED
eSATA/USB ComboYes
Product FamilyPavilion dv3-2000
Processor ModelT6400
Operating SystemWindows Vista Home Premium, Windows Vista Home Premium with SP1
Brand NameHP
Processor Speed2 GHz
Processor TypeCore 2 Duo
Screen Size33.8 cm (13.3")
Number of Cells6-cell
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory4 GB
Weight (Approximate)2.24 kg
Cache2 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
64-bit ProcessingYes
Number of Total Memory Slots2
Optical Media SupportedDVD-RAM/±R/±RW
Dual-Layer Media SupportedYes
Labeling TechnologyLightScribe
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 1.75 GB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Display Screen TechnologyBrightView
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11n
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports3
Memory StandardDDR2-800/PC2-6400
Height35.3 mm
Width327 mm
Depth221 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR2 SDRAM
Product Seriesdv3-2000
Product Modeldv3-2055ea
Product NamePavilion dv3-2055ea Entertainment Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Product LinePavilion
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberNQ540EA#ABU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.hp.com/uk
Marketing Information

With striking HP Imprint finishes on the outside and Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium on the inside, this 13.3-inch notebook is the perfect partner for fun, communication and mobility

Maximum Memory8 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • Pavilion dv3-2055ea Entertainment Notebook
  • Lithium Ion battery
  • AC Adapter
  • HP Mini Remote Control
  • Bus Speed800 MHz