Excerpt: Netbooks , having enjoyed so much excitement during their early days, have now retreated for the most part from the public eye. Part of the reason is likely the rise in tablets, and now Ultrabooks, but netbooks themselves are also partially responsible.
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.
Pros: Great-looking design, Long battery life, Beats Audio supplies big sound, Comfortable full-size keyboard
Excerpt: Traditionally, there has been a large gap between ‘netbook’ and ‘ultraportable’ laptops. Netbooks cost anywhere from $200 to $400 and are quite underpowered. Ultraportables generally start at $900 ...
Pros: Affordable, Portable, Plays and Outputs full 1080p Flawlessly over HDMI with HD Audio, Capable of Gaming, Good Multi-tasking, Efficient–Great Battery
Cons: Processing Power is so-so, dm1z is a bit heavier than it looks, trackpad scrolling could be smoother
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.
Excerpt: We’re not living so close to the cutting edge here at Maximum PC that we can’t see the utility of a no-frills, budget portable that’s capable of performing all the common day-to-day computing tasks.
Pros: Performance that puts most netbooks to shame; good value.
Cons: Battery life isn’t stellar; limited in multithreaded apps.
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...
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...
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.
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...