Summary: The HP Pavilion dm4-3010tx has been in the market for quite a while now, but from what we have seen, it is one of the better options. Despite being on Sandy Bridge, the performance is actually quite good. But the real cherry on the cake is the very good battery life. Remember this is not an ultrabook, but still maintains a lean form factor with the 14-inch display.
Pros: Very sophisticated design, Good performance, Very good battery life, Surprisingly light
Cons: Alternatives can handle gaming better, Touchpad is not the best
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
Summary: Stylish Beats Audio. The 14-inch Pavilion dm4 Beats Edition is the most stylish Beats Audio notebook to date.. but how does it perform in a market that is increasingly favoring similarly-priced Ultrabooks?
Pros: Stylish red and black design, Excellent CPU and HDD/SSD performance all-around, Rubber texture, Quiet fan noise and optical drive, Low temperatures when stressed, High resolution matte display, Backlit keys, The red and black theme together with the curvaceous chassis and showy backlight are going to draw eyes -- in a good way. Internally, performance from the hybrid drive, high resolution display, low temperatures and whisper noise emissions are some of the best qual...
Cons: Starting price, Plastic case, Fingerprint magnet, Shallow keys, Small touchpad, Tight port placement, Average outdoor usability, The notebook could have expanded upon its Beats Audio focus with more audio inputs and an analog volume controller. A larger touchpad would aid greatly in multi-touch functions and higher-end discrete graphics could have added a lot of value to the notebook. An all aluminum chassis would also be the icing on the cake on an already good-looki...
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.
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: The only real knock against this chic-looking 14-inch multimedia laptop is its plastic body; other than that, this is a great midrange laptop with a unique, eye-catching design.
Pros: The HP Pavilion dm4-3090se Beats Edition is a sharp-looking black 14-inch laptop with a hybrid hard drive, a high-res matte display, a very cool red-backlit keyboard, and a subwoofer.
Cons: Starting at only $150 less than the all-metal HP Envy, the dm4 has a plastic body parts of which feel cheap in comparison. With thin, lightweight laptops popping up everywhere, it's a bit hefty, and the touch pad can be finicky.
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.