HP Pavilion dm4-1300 dm4-1300ea Review posted on
14 inch Mainstream Notebook
There are only one or two very small things we'd change about the dm4: one being the touchpad position, and the second being the somewhat hopeful notion of adding switchable graphics. Such ideas aside, it's an absolute corker of a laptop considering its accessible price.
Rating: 3.5

Specifications

System

Category: Mainstream
Released: April 2011
RRP: £649
Display: 14 inch Glossy LCD (LED-lit) (1366x768 px)
Processor: 2.40 GHz Intel Core i5 460M (2 cores)
Memory: 4 GB DDR3
OS: 64-bit Windows 7 Home Premium
Warranty: 1 Year Collect-and-Return

Storage

Type: HDD 7200 rpm
Capacity: 500 GB
Optical Drive: DVD RW

Graphics

GPU: Intel GMA HD
Memory: Shared
Type: Integrated
3DMark06: 1657

Connectivity

Express Card Slot: None
Memory Card Reader:
USB 3.0: 0
USB 2.0: 3
IEEE 1394 (FireWire):
eSATA: 1
VGA:
DVI:
HDMI:
DisplayPort:
Thunderbolt:

Dimensions & Weight

Thickness (Average): 29 mm
Width: 341 mm
Depth: 228 mm
Weight: 1.9 kg

Input Devices

Numeric Keypad:
Fingerprint Reader:

Multimedia

Webcam:
Microphone:

Communications

Ethernet (LAN): 10/100/1000
Wi-Fi (WLAN): B/G/N
Mobile Broadband (WWAN):
Bluetooth: 2.1

Power

A.C. Power Adapter: 65 W
Battery Capacity: 62 WHr
Battery Size: 6-Cell
Battery Life: 5.5 hours

Reviews

TrustedReviews  
There are only one or two very small things we'd change about the dm4: one being the touchpad position, and the second being the somewhat hopeful notion of adding switchable graphics. Such ideas aside, it's an absolute corker of a laptop considering its accessible price.
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Laptop Mag  
HP got most things right with the Pavilion dm4. It has a sophisticated design, strong performance, and good battery life. However, this notebook's finicky touchpad makes it less of a pleasure to use than we had hoped. For now, we say try it out at a store first, if possible. You should also check out the $899 Toshiba Satellite E205, which performs almost as well and comes with Intel's Wireless Display technology and the 14-inch Lenovo IdeaPad Y460 ($1,094), adds muscle with discrete graphics. Overall, though, the dm4 is a solid choice. If and when HP issues a driver update, we'll likely give the dm4 a more enthusiastic recommendation.
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Engadget  
It continues to be a real real shame that the one real issue we have with HP's laptops continues to be something we consider to be fairly standard and simple technology these days. Honestly, we don't need anything fancy when it comes to a touchpad - just a large pad and two comfortable buttons. Other than its flaky navigation input, the $904 system though it's a bit overpriced compared to the competition - packs just the right balance of style, power and endurance. We much prefer the dm4's aesthetic to comparable systems like Dell's Inspiron 15 and Gateway's offerings. But of course, at the end of the day what good is all that if you can't push the cursor from one side of the screen without a problem?
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