Excerpt: The HP Pavilion DM3—1005AX belongs to the ULV laptop category, which means that it is powered by an ultra-low voltage processor, has a slim design, is light in weight and hence very convenient to carry. While these traits are typical of ULV laptops, the DM3 is one of best you’ll find in this segment, mainly because it looks sexy, performs well and its build quality is simply superb.
Conclusion: The test model at hand performs quite well, conforming to the demands of a small, mobile entertainer , on the whole. The switcheable graphics on demand is good for momentarily adjusting graphics performance and battery life. All the while, no new peak values are reached when it comes to battery life with a maximum of 6.5 hours. The strongly reflective display proves to be a stumbling block to the device's mobile aspirations.
Pros: Comfortable single-keys keyboard, Range of ports, External USB-DVD-LW included in delivery, Good application performance, The entire concept and the conformation to the designed realm of use as a mobile entertainer.
Cons: Glossy display, Surface of the touchpad, It's a shame that the reflective display unnecessarily limits the mobility of the device. An internal DVD drive or an external eSATA (which is lacking) drive would offer better transfer rates.
Summary: The DM3 definitely fills a gap between netbook and notebook and is a much needed product for consumers. While I did have some issues with the HP load of software, lack of battery life, and the heat generation under heavy use the DM3 remains one of the best ultra portable laptops I have personally used.
Excerpt: The dm3 has a stunning design and impressive price, but the competition is fierce (and getting fiercer) in the thin-and-light category. If style and portability trump performance, this is the perfect notebook for you.
Pros: Fingerprint-resistant brushed-aluminum case, Multi-touch touch pad, Quiet fans, Good Webcam performance, Inexpensive, Wide port selection
Cons: Subpar performance, Glossy reflective screen, Included media software is underwhelming
New HP Notebook Is Hearty Helping of Fast and Cheap
28 October 2009
Excerpt: There’s so much to like in HP’s new Pavilion dm3 that it’s hard to know where to start. Perhaps with the looks: The aluminum and magnesium case looks cool, totally modern, and though it’s got some plastic components (most notably the underside), it feels quite durable. The Mac-style keyboard is spacious and comfortable, even though the unit’s got a 13.3-inch screen to keep things portable and svelte. But looks aren’t everything.
Pros: Slim, stylish and sturdy. Outstanding keyboard. Four USB ports (plus HDMI and an SD card slot) is a rarity in a machine this portable. Battery is graced with amazing life.
Cons: Awful, awful touchpad (it’s an ongoing problem with HP Pavilion notebooks.) At 4.2 pounds, heavy for this category. Careful you don’t step in the shovelware.
Summary: There’s a lot to like about the HP Pavilion dm3t. It’s sleek, lasts all day on a charge, and performs well. Plus, you have the choice of adding discrete graphics. Unfortunately, the imprecise touchpad on this machine slowed us down, and literally made us less productive while using it. Overall, we recommend the ASUS UL30A because of its better ergonomics. But if you can live with its few flaws, there are enough things going for the dm3t to make it a worthwhile purchase.
Summary: Think about it for a second. The DM3 isn't going to cost that much more than some high-priced netbooks, such as the Samsung Go and the Lenovo S12, and they don't offer the hard-drive space (or speed), RAM, or 3D performance that this machine offers. If anything, I'm anticipating an interesting horse race between HP's DM3 (with the Athlon Neo) and HP's Mini 311 (with the nVidia Ion platform).