Summary: The ratings awarded to a product are derived from a number of tests and calculations, keeping certain important factors in mind. These factors consist of features, performance, quality and value for money. In case of software and some other categories, build quality might be replaced with ease of use or ease of installation. Products are compared with other products in a similar price range or product category.
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
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,
A 14in laptop with Beats branding on its lid and a roses-are-red backlight under its keyboard
Good Gear Guide.au
5 August 2013
Summary: Nice styling, above-average audio reproduction, a decent configuration and good user comfort make the Pavilion dm4-3000 beats Edition is a worthy choice for everyday use. It's a well-rounded 2kg machine that's not overly expensive and we enjoyed using it. However, it could use a less glossy screen and some improvements to some of its components (such as the DVD burner).
Pros: Comfortable to use, Good audio, Decent performance and battery life
Cons: Glossy screen, 5400rpm drive, Troublesome DVD burner