Conclusion: HP’s dm1z is not the prefect netbook. It’s also not the perfect budget ultraportable. But it’s closer to perfection, when approached from either perspective, than any laptop on the market today.
Pros: Attractive design, Large keyboard and touchpad, Sharp display with decent black levels, Good audio quality, Long battery life, Admirable graphics performance
Cons: Annoying Norton antivirus, Poor processor performance, Still too small for some users
Conclusion: While it doesn’t have the muscle required to act as a primary laptop for most folks, the HP Pavilion dm1z offers enough oomph to run basic productivity apps and surf the Web, while also providing a high-resolution display and big audio for entertainment pursuits. Plus, its design is first-rate, belying its budget status, and its battery life is stellar.
Pros: Great-looking design, Long battery life, Beats Audio supplies big sound, Comfortable full-size keyboard
Excerpt: It's crazy to think we've been writing about and waiting for AMD's Fusion platform for close to five years now. Believe it or not, it was back in 2006 that the chipmaker first started talking about its "new class of x86 processors" and the idea of an Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) -- a chip that would combine a CPU and a fairly powerful ATI GPU onto the same die.
Pros: Great blend of performance and graphics, Over five hours of battery life, Impressive speakers for the size
Cons: ClickPad can still be frustrating, Lots of preloaded software, Fan noise can get loud
Summary: Build quality feels fairly solid and the screen reclines a full 180 degrees on a seemingly sturdy hinge. All and all, it’s a well-rounded value package, although we’re surprised it’s not actually a bit cheaper considering that there’s no overhead for a discrete graphics chip. Nevertheless, if you want a small, inexpensive, versatile notebook, this is it.
Pros: Performance that puts most netbooks to shame; good value.
Cons: Battery life isn’t stellar; limited in multithreaded apps.
Conclusion: The HP Pavilion dm1z is next step in netbook evolution, as its new AMD Fusion APU proved you can have great battery life without sacrificing speed.
Pros: Reasonably priced. AMD E-350 processor is fast and battery efficient. Fast 7,200rpm hard drive. Well-designed. HD resolution. Full size keyboard. Expandable to 8GB of memory. Over 7 hours of battery life.
Summary: The HP Pavilion dm1z is probably one of the best thin and light laptops you can find for under $450. The AMD E-350 processor and Radeon HD 6310 give the laptop more kick than you’d get from any Intel Atom powered laptop, but the chipset isn’t as expensive as the lastest higher-powered chips from Intel, which helps keep the price down.
But the Pavilion dm1z isn’t for everyone.
HP Pavilion dm1z Fusion Ultralight Notebook Review
26 March 2011
Excerpt: At this point, there's no shame in saying it: the floodgates have opened up for AMD's Fusion . What began as a trickle -- as AMD finally introduced a shipping version of the long-awaited Fusion platform -- has turned into a steady stream, and we're definitely excited to see APUs, as AMD calls the product, finally making an impact. AMD had played up the idea of an Accelerated Processing Unit for years, and now, it's clearly a reality.
Excerpt: The HP dm1 2011 version 11.6-inch screen laptop from HP is classified on the HP site as a student laptop, which makes a lot of sense given the excellent battery life, good performance and budget friendly price. All of the features of the dm1z 2011 edition add up to make for a sensible on campus [...
Conclusion: The HP dm1 2011 version is a fantastic option for students or anyone else on a budget looking for a light weight, good performance and battery efficient laptop. You might desire a more powerful computer for use at home, but for on campus uses the dm1z provides more than enough power and battery life thanks to the new AMD Fusion processor. The price is what really makes the dm1z attractive, for around $400 after the HP student discount you get a very capable little...
Summary: Last month, we said the strengths of AMD's Brazos platform were partly responsible for making Acer's Aspire One AO522 the best netbook we'd ever tested. The AMD APU's performance was excellent, and the system that accommodated it had some nice bells and whistles, like a high display resolution and a great keyboard and touchpad. We were looking at a netbook on steroids—but without an overblown price tag to match.
HP's Pavilion dm1z is in a similar position.