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HP Pavilion dm4 Notebook Review

By on August 19, 2010
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The dm4 is a reasonably powerful good looking laptop that is not terribly expensive either.

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the HP Pavilion dm4 is a pretty good looking, well constructed and reasonably well performing notebook

In today’s day age, the end-user demands a lot more than just basic functionality from their machines. You want something that offers a good Internet experience, plays high-definition movies smoothly with good quality audio and possibly lets you games to some extent. The HP Pavilion dm4 checks all the above boxes, i.e. it’s aptly powerful, and easy on the eyes too.

Its hard to argue that the Pavilion dm4 is not a good looking notebook- almost everyone I showed it to was quite impressed with its look. Its got a bit of a MacBook Pro like design to it with a metallic base and a glossy black bordered screen. The lid as well as the palm rest have etched patterns running across the metallic surface which gives off a very rich and sophisticated feel to the Pavilion dm4.

Configuration wise, the dm4 is no slouch either. Its powered by the Intel Core i5 M430 CPU which is a dual core CPU running at 2.27GHz and accompanied by 3GB of DDR3 RAM. The Pavilion dm4 is the first notebook that we have tested that comes with the switchable Intel HD graphics and the ATI Radeon HD 5450 GPU running at 450MHz core and 700MHz RAM. For storage, HP adds a 300GB Hard drive along with a DVD-RW. As expected, you get 802.11 b/g/n Wireless Networking along with Bluetooth v2.1 for connectivity.

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.

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