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.
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.
Summary: Shoppers looking for a stylish, long-lasting laptop for everyday use will enjoy the HP Pavilion dm4. For $579, you get a 14-inch screen with good audio and 7 hours of battery life. While this system lacks in graphics power, those looking for a portable notebook for web surfing, e-mail, social networking, and productivity will find the dm4t an excellent companion.
Pros: Stylish durable aluminum chassis, Good audio quality, Fingerprint reader, Long battery life, Improved CoolSense technology
Conclusion: The 14” screen on the Pavilion dm4 has a resolution of 1366×768 and is a bit glossy for my liking but that seems to be the trend with most notebooks as colors do indeed look richer on a glossy screen. Viewing angles are about average- good horizontally but not so good vertically. Above the screen sits the HP TureVision Webcam which can capture video at 640×480 resolution.
Summary: HP got most things right with the Pavilion dm4. It has a sophisticated design, strong performance, and good battery life. However, this notebook’s finicky touchpad makes it less of a pleasure to use than we had hoped. For now, we say try it out at a store first, if possible. You should also check out the $899 Toshiba Satellite E205, which performs almost as well and comes with Intel’s Wireless Display technology and the 14-inch Lenovo IdeaPad Y460 ($1,094), adds muscle...
Pros: p pElegant aluminum and magenesium design, Fast hard drive, Great webcam with sharp sound, Cool operation, Instant-on web browsing,
Cons: p pFinicky touchpad, Mediocre gaming scores, Slow boot time,
Summary: HP's Pavilion dm4 Beats Edition manages to bring good performance and battery life into the sub-AU$1000 range. The main sacrifice is the vibrancy of the screen, but at this price, it's a small nitpick and nothing more.
Pros: Good performance and battery life, Decent sound for the size and price range, Backlit keyboard
Cons: Discrete graphics almost aren't worth it, Screen could be more vibrant