HP Pavilion dM3

HP Pavilion dM3

The HP Pavilion dM3 catches the eye immediately with its sleek metal chassis, it looks cool

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Our Rating: 85%

Our HP Pavilion dM3 Review

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The HP Pavilion dM3 catches the eye immediately with its sleek metal chassis, it looks cool. There are a few weird little quirks weíll get into later, but the overall package and performance live up to the promises made by the futuristic appearance of the rig.

Weíll start with the high points:

Battery Life

Something many other reviewers have already noted: The long battery life. Depending on your screen settings, you might get a full dayís work out of a single recharge.

The Size

HP Pavilion dm3

Ultra slim, with a thirteen point three inch screen. Small enough for portability but not small enough to have you squinting at the screen for multi-media applications. In short, it offers a kind of versatility. Where some laptops are really home computers in a foldable case, the dM3 offers power in a small, convenient package.

Options

The dM3 comes in a variety of styles. The cheaper configurations use an AMD Athlon Neo X2 1.6GHz processor, while the more high end models come with a Pentium Dual Core SU4100 1.3GHz, and the top of the line model offers a Core 2 Duo SP9300 2.26GHz.

The Design

As we stated in the introductory paragraph, the laptop has a great look to it, like a sports car for your desk. Simple, subtle and slick. Beyond appearance, the keyboard feels nice and sturdy, and since the body is made of aluminium, you donít get any of that unpleasant, worrisome snapping-and-twisting sound you get when opening laptops made out of brittle plastic.

So weíve been over all the high points, and it sounds like a nice little rig. Now... the downsides...

Design Quirks

Some choices made in the design of the body just seem inexplicable. The power slider is located in a weird spot, thereís no ExpressCard slot, no internal optical drive. In lieu of these, thereís an extra USB port. Maybe not a deal breaker, but on a laptop thatís otherwise so sensibly designed, these points just seem odd.

The Size

We mentioned that itís nicely portable, but itís also a bit thicker and a bit heavier than similar laptops in its class. You wonít strain your arm carrying it, but you might find yourself lusting after somewhat lighter rigs.

Ethernet

10/100 instead of Gigabit. In this day and age, that, again, just seems like an odd choice.

All in all..

The Pavilion dM3 really isnít a bad laptop. It might not make many top ten lists, but its better than most bargain priced computers in its class, itís capable, versatile and portable. Four gigs of memory, Windows 7 Pro, Intel GMA 4500MHD, 24 millimetres thick, and 1.91kg in weight (2.11kg with AC adapter).

Hereís where it succeeds

It's not the best laptop in the world, but itís one of the most versatile and potent in its price range. It has its downsides, but it is not, by any means, a regrettable purchase.

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General

Dimensions 32.6 x 23 x 2.48 cm

Processor

Processor AMD Athlon NEO X2 Dual Core
Processor Speed 1.66Ghz

Memory

RAM 4 GB

Storage

Hard Drive Size 320 GB
Hard Drive Type SATA
Hard Drive Speed 7200 rpm
Optical Drive LightScribe SuperMulti 8X DVD± RW with Double Layer Support

Graphics

Graphics Adaptor Card: ATI Radeon HD 3200
Screen Type HD LED Brightview Display
Screen Size 13.30 in
Screen Max. Resolution 1366 x 768 pixels pixels

Connectivity

Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g
Bluetooth Yes
Ethernet 10/100BASE-T
HDMI Ports 1
Multi Card Slot 5-In-1 integrated Digital Media Reader
No. of USB Slots 4

Power

Battery Type 6-cell Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
AC Power Adaptor 65.0 watts
Web Cam HP Webcam
Speakers Altec Lansing speakers

Input

Pointing Device Touch Pad with Vertical Scroll

Software

Operating System Windows 7 Home Premium

Cost

Typical Cost (£) 570

HP Pavilion dM3 Full Specification

General

Dimensions 32.6 x 23 x 2.48 cm

Processor

Processor AMD Athlon NEO X2 Dual Core
Processor Speed 1.66Ghz

Memory

RAM 4 GB

Storage

Hard Drive Size 320 GB
Hard Drive Type SATA
Hard Drive Speed 7200 rpm
Optical Drive LightScribe SuperMulti 8X DVD± RW with Double Layer Support

Graphics

Graphics Adaptor Card: ATI Radeon HD 3200
Screen Type HD LED Brightview Display
Screen Size 13.30 in
Screen Max. Resolution 1366 x 768 pixels pixels

Connectivity

Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g
Bluetooth Yes
Ethernet 10/100BASE-T
HDMI Ports 1
Multi Card Slot 5-In-1 integrated Digital Media Reader
No. of USB Slots 4

Power

Battery Type 6-cell Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
AC Power Adaptor 65.0 watts
Web Cam HP Webcam
Speakers Altec Lansing speakers

Input

Pointing Device Touch Pad with Vertical Scroll

Software

Operating System Windows 7 Home Premium

Cost

Typical Cost (£) 570

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