Summary: The HP Pavilion dm1 might be one of the best laptops available for under $400, but it’s not exactly a perfect machine. It’s not as fast, small, or quiet as an ultrabook. And it can’t handle Netflix HD video playback.
On the other hand, it’s a great little computer for anyone looking for a larger screen and better performance than you get with most netbooks.
Technically the model I reviewed costs $455, since it has an AMD E2-1800 processor and 500GB hard drive.
Excerpt: Only six months ago, we were gushing about HP’s Pavilion dm1z , declaring it a savior to the beleaguered netbook space, an affordable and handsome way to take a pint-sized computer with you just about anywhere. Over the summer, HP went back to the drawing board, redesigning the netbook again and dropping the “z.” The newly christened Pavillion dm1 is nearly as compelling as its forebear. What’s new are almost all cosmetic changes you’ll notice immediately.
Pros: Still one of the best netbooks on the market. An all-around solid unit that looks better than ever. Upgraded webcam and audio. Improved battery life.
Cons: Screen is significantly dimmer than the dm1z and viewing angles aren’t great. Slight performance drop.
Summary: The $479 HP Pavilion dm1-4010us has a lot of things going for it, including sleek looks, portability, Beats Audio, and enough performance muscle for everyday computing and even light gaming. HP is also really onto something with HP Launch Box and the revised Start menu--they're subtle additions, but make for a better computing experience.
Pros: Attractive design, Comfy keyboard and improved touchpad buttons, Solid performance, Affordable price, HP Launch Box and revamped Start Menu makes for easier navigation
Cons: Below-average battery life, Gets warm in spots
Excerpt: Double standards. There are very few new netbooks, but all the more minis with Zacate APU. HP uses AMD's smallest processing core in the low-cost mobile Pavilion. Those who do not want to spend more than 400 Euros for a mobile PC should not consider the more expensive ultrabooks, but rather the netbooks and subnotebooks with Intel or AMD processors.
Pros: Keyboard feedback, Good battery life, Short charging time of two hours, Easy maintenance access, USB 3.0 + Bluetooth 4.0, Fast typing, even without the perfect office equipment. The weak performance is compensated by the long battery life.
Cons: Bendable chassis, Relatively high weight, Relatively low application performance, High heat emission under load, TFT is not anti-glare
Conclusion: The Pavilion dm1-3180eg scores highly compared to many of its netbook rivals thanks to its more advanced graphics performance . However, you should remember that this does not make an ultra-mobile multimedia or gaming machine out of a netbook, not by a long way. Modern graphics-intensive games will run on their lowest settings, if at all. But netbooks simply weren’t developed with this purpose in mind.
Pros: Long battery life, Low energy consumption, Good keyboard, AMD well and truly putting Intel under pressure in the netbook arena.
Conclusion: The overall feel of the Pavilion dm1 is a very smooth looking ultraportable. It’s not incredibly thin, nor intensely light, weighing in at 1.5kgs. However, the Pavilion dm1 does have certain appeal to it; it’s curving at just the right angles, buttons are just the right places and the overall look is just…pleasant. Nothing spectacular, but far from mediocre.
Conclusion: 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.
Pros: Speedy for its price, size class, Superb multimedia playback, Very good battery life, Roomy touch pad, Sharp, bright screen
Cons: Noticeable fan noise under load, 3D performance can’t keep up with latest games
HP Pavilion dm1 reviewed – AMD Fusion brings excellent value for money
7 January 2011
Excerpt: With netbooks built on Atom boosting limited performances, a bunch of manufacturers embraced AMD’s new Fusion/Brazos platform for mobile computers , promising solid performances, energy efficiency and an affordable price tag. S till, there was no confirmation if the platform could actually deliver on these promises, until now at least, as the guys at Laptopmag.com managed to get their hands on the new HP Pavilion dm1 and give it a spin great value for money !
Summary: The dm1 is attempting to occupy a price point, and hold on to it to the best of its ability. If you don't want the bulk of a 15.6-inch budget machine yet can't afford an ultrabook, don't stoop down to the netbook level: get this instead.
Pros: Good build quality, Excellent keyboard and trackpad, Price will suit those looking for something modest and small
Cons: Ultrabooks trounce it in performance (although are double the price), Screen isn't great