HP Pavilion dm1-3100 dm1-3100sa Review posted on
11.6 inch Portable Notebook
Now that the HP Pavilion dm1z has arrived, the budget notebook space has become a lot more competitive. With AMD's new Fusion processor, HP has created a laptop that, for $479, provides a better balance of performance and endurance than the Nvidia Ion-powered Asus Eee PC 1215N. It also gives you more graphics oomph than Intel ULV notebooks and earlier AMD budget ultraportables. While you'll squeeze out a few more frames in some games on Ion, the more powerful dual-core AMD processor in the dm1z lets you accomplish more than an Atom chip ever could. Not only that, but you get 6.5 hours of battery life in a very stylish package.
Rating: 4

Specifications

System

Category: Portable
Released: April 2011
RRP: £350
Display: 11.6 inch Glossy LCD (LED-lit) (1366x768 px)
Processor: 1.60 GHz AMD E Series E-350 (2 cores)
Memory: 3 GB DDR3
OS: 32-bit Windows 7 Home Premium
Warranty: 1 Year Collect-and-Return

Storage

Type: HDD 7200 rpm
Capacity: 320 GB
Optical Drive: None

Graphics

GPU: AMD Radeon HD 6310M
Memory: Shared
Type: Integrated
3DMark06: 1982

Connectivity

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

Dimensions & Weight

Thickness (Average): 21 mm
Width: 290 mm
Depth: 214 mm
Weight: 1.6 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: 3.0

Power

A.C. Power Adapter: 65 W
Battery Capacity: 55 WHr
Battery Size: 6-Cell
Battery Life: 7.5 hours

Reviews

Laptop Mag  
Now that the HP Pavilion dm1z has arrived, the budget notebook space has become a lot more competitive. With AMD's new Fusion processor, HP has created a laptop that, for $479, provides a better balance of performance and endurance than the Nvidia Ion-powered Asus Eee PC 1215N. It also gives you more graphics oomph than Intel ULV notebooks and earlier AMD budget ultraportables. While you'll squeeze out a few more frames in some games on Ion, the more powerful dual-core AMD processor in the dm1z lets you accomplish more than an Atom chip ever could. Not only that, but you get 6.5 hours of battery life in a very stylish package.
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ComputerShopper  
HP doesn't call the Pavilion dm1 a netbook-it's the Pavilion dm1 Entertainment PC- but it squarely competes against netbooks on size and battery life. Our take? Its performance is so much better, and its media-playback capabilities are so much more capable, that it wouldn't be fair to saddle it with the moniker of netbook. For about $100 more than an entry-level netbook, you can have a multi-talented portable with virtually none of the common netbook frustrations.
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T-Break  
Coming back to the HP Pavilion dm1, it does represent an extremely value-packed proposition considering the price and all the components packed in. If office work, browsing the net and watching movies is all that you're going to do, there is no potential alternative in the market representing as full an experience as the dm1.
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