HP Pavilion dm1 Review

By on March 30, 2011
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HP brings out a new mini-star.

Good: Great build quality, Decent performance, Good battery life, Looks beautiful, Crisp screen, Nice keyboard layout, External DVD rewriter
Bad: Brazos CPU is somewhat underwhelming, No backlit keyboard
Price: AED 1,999
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

I’m not usually one to look forward to reviewing a netbook, or an ultraportable as HP likes to call their new Pavilion dm1 laptop, but this was quite an exciting product to review nonetheless. As to why I consider the innards of the dm1 as a netbook, more on that later. For now let’s take a closer look at the dm1 and what it represents.

Starting off, the HP Pavilion dm1 comes with very small power adapter and a rather classy looking external DVD writer. The notebook itself is no less glamorous, with a dark brown matt finish and shiny, swirly patterns within. The bottom is a completely flat and smooth black surface with not a hint of where the hard drive or ram is located. Like most netbooks, the battery is attached at the very back, while all the ports are on the left and right side, including the Power and HDD activity LED.

The very front is dominated by the Altec Lansing Dolby speakers. Once opened, the glossy 11.6” Brightview LED screen is seen surrounded by a thin bezel, the top of which supports the webcam with the microphone on the right.

The keyboard is a very pleasant chiclet styled keyboard, so good in fact that I’m writing this review on the dm1, something I have never done before (writing the review of a laptop on itself). The mousepad is decently sized with a double-tap lock on the top left.

The overall feel of the Pavilion dm1 is a very smooth looking ultraportable. It’s not incredibly thin, nor intensely light, weighing in at 1.5kgs. However, the Pavilion dm1 does have certain appeal to it; it’s curving at just the right angles, buttons are just the right places and the overall look is just…pleasant. Nothing spectacular, but far from mediocre.

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