Excerpt: When it comes to premium multimedia notebooks, there are only a few companies that really deliver the goods. Among them is HP and their Pavilion DM series of notebooks are designed to do just that. Today, we have with us their latest entry in the market, the dm4-3010tx; a more portable alternative to the dv6, but with newer and updated hardware.
Excerpt: The HP Pavilion dm4 Beats edition adds Beats Audio to the portable dm4 14-inch notebook frame, but that’s not all that sets this special edition apart from the average dm4. HP packs in a flash hard drive for faster resume from sleep, a high-resolution matte display that is easy to use outdoors and a beautiful black finish. The HP Pavilion dm4 Beats edition is a good fit for students and consumers looking for a portable stylish notebook.
Pros: High resolution matte display, Beats Audio, Hybrid hard drive
Conclusion: The dm4t Beats edition is a well thought-out consumer entertainment notebook. It has solid build quality, a great backlit keyboard, above average 1600×900 display, and plenty of power for everyday use. The Beats edition dm4t commands about a $100 premium over the standard dm4t and comes with a cool-looking design and red keyboard backlighting.
Pros: Good build quality, Nice high-resolution display (1600×900), Excellent keyboard, Cool red and black design theme
Cons: So-so speakers, Always-on fan, Love it or hate it Beats branding
HP dm4 Beats Edition Notebook Review: Down With The Beat
13 March 2012
Excerpt: When you think about a company like HP, you probably don’t think about innovation. They’re an old company, one that now has a massive market and lots of customers to worry about losing. Common sense says they are more likely to be slow and cautious.
Conclusion: Other than our display quibbles, there's not much else to complain about. This laptop looks great, performs well, and has a slew of ports and features, including the impressive SimplePass fingerprint-recognition system. All told, the dm4 is a well-rounded, feature-rich notebook that should please most any consumer—hipster or square.
Pros: Superior sound system, Strong performance for price, bolstered by SSD cache, Striking, unique appearance, High-resolution display
Cons: Screen could be slightly brighter, Fingerprint-prone
Conclusion: Would I spend my hard earned money on a dm4t? The HP without a doubt offers a lot of value. For your $750 you get a machine that’s respectably built, has an above average high resolution LCD, is light and portable, can do a mSATA + HDD combo, has good sound, gets good battery life and just about every port you’ll need. Probably it’s two biggest drawbacks are the bloatware, which is easily remedied with a Windows disc, but the fan noise is the more troublesome of the...
Pros: Cost, Tasteful Design, Respectable Durability, Above Average LCD, Dual Drives with mSATA, Backlit Keyboard, Light for a 14” Notebook, Lots of Ports
Cons: Always On Fan, Touchpad Gestures Don’t Work Well, Bloatware, Little Useful Software
Summary: As with the Envy 14, HP took a great consumer notebook in the Pavilion dm4 and gave it a slick finish. Additionally, HP made some noticeable improvements under the hood, including a faster processor and hybrid hard drive. Those who want more powerful graphics should look to the $999 Dell XPS 14z, which also has pretty good audio to boot. More budget-conscious shoppers should consider the regular $649 dm4, which also boasts Beats Audio minus the snazzy design.
Conclusion: Students should take a close look at the HP dm4x laptop as an option for use as an important academic tool. It’s got everything you need for your academic computing needs and then some nice extras. First of all the design is very appealing so fashion conscious students will approve. It’s not just a pretty face though, the dm4x is built with sturdy metal materials and beneath the hood the second generation Intel Core i5 processor will provide more than enough power to...
Excerpt: The middle-of-the-road multimedia laptops that come out of HP have always been excellent examples of the style. They typically bring some upscale design buzz–but not too much in the way of extra features or components–while keeping prices down.