A powerfully small package.
I recently reviewed the HP dm1, which comes packed with the AMD Fusion APU. While that 11.6” ultraportable is a decent performer for its size and price, those looking for a lot more power without sacrificing much in terms of price and size will want to look at the Pavilion dv3.
The Pavilion dv3 is designed to be a sort of in-between go to for those who want the power of a bigger laptop, but would also like it in a small, and relatively light, form factor. Weighing around 2.1kgs, this 13” laptop packs an Intel Core-i5 480M processor (at 2.66GHz) and 4GB DDR3. The 500GB SATA drive spins at a respectable 7200rpm while the switchable graphics provide a choice between the Intel GMA and AMD HD 6370M with 512MB DDR3 dedicated memory.
Looks wise the Pavilion dm3 is a pretty attractive machine with a dark matt finish with shiny swirls similar to the dm1. The bottom houses different plates for the HDD and Wi-Fi, whereby the memory modules can be accessed. The right side houses the power plug, LightScribe DVD RW and two USB 2.0 ports. The VGA, HDMI, LAN, eSATA and audio ports populate the left side. The front has the memory card reader towards the left, leaving the Altec Lansing Dolby Digital speakers to be housed just under the front curve.
Inside there’s a large mouse pad with a generously size Chiclet keyboard. No backlight on this one, sadly. The 13” screen may be glossy, but the 1366×768 resolution LED screen seems good enough during daytime.