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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.

Numbers aside, my experience with the HP Pavilion dm1 was similar to using a netbook. Outside of the obviously disappointing gaming performance, launching programs felt a bit sluggish. Certainly the 3GB DDR3 ram and 320GB 7,200rpm HDD is up to par, but it is the E-350 that’s dragging the whole system down. Had the processor been fast enough, everything in the HP Pavilion dm1 would have felt snappy, as surely the rest of the components are more than capable for a smooth experience.

This is my opinion, but the E-350 processor seems to be destined as a star netbook CPU, but anything beyond this category seems too much for the Brazos to handle. Obviously this certainly lends the dm1 a respectable battery life of just over seven hours, as I ran half an hour’s worth of benchmarks with the rest being spent on browsing the net, typing this review and listening to some music in the back.

Coming back to the HP Pavilion dm1, it does represent an extremely value-packed proposition considering the price and all the components packed in. If office work, browsing the net and watching movies is all that you’re going to do, there is no potential alternative in the market representing as full an experience as the dm1.

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