The budget-minded HP Pavilion dv3 laptop gets a lot of things right in its design and delivers just the right amount of style. It also incorporates all the right ports to get your multimedia mobilized. But this notebook also has enough drawbacks to keep it from receiving a wholehearted recommendation.

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At a Glance
  • HP's head-on competitor to the Gateway UC7807u scores style points but stumbles with both performance and some functionality.


    • Specially-treated keyboard
    • Great variety of ports


    • Incredibly twitchy touchpad
    • Microscopic function keys
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