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HP Pavilion dm1-3020us 11.6-inch Ultraportable Laptop PC

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HP Pavilion dm1-3020us 11.6-inch Ultraportable Laptop PC

HP Pavilion dm1

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The Bottom Line

Feb 25 2011 - With a price of around $500, the HP Pavilion dm1-3020us could be considered a premium netbook or a budget ultraportable. It much more closesly resembles an ultraportable because the new AMD Fusion processor and graphics ive it capabilities unheard of in a netbook. It falls a bit short of what many ultraportables can achieve but it does a good job at a lower price. Battery life is also surprisingly good for an AMD based laptop. There are a few downsides including some compromises on memory and storage due to pricing as well as a bit bigger and heavier than most netbooks.
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Pros

  • Solid Performance From AMD Fusion Processor
  • Excellent Keyboard
  • Good Battery Life

Cons

  • Heavier Than Most Netbooks
  • Uses 3GB of Memory To Many Budget Laptops With 4GB

Description

  • AMD E-350 Dual Core Mobile Processor
  • 3GB PC3-8500 DDR3 Memory
  • 320GB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive
  • 11.6" WXGA (1376x768) LED Backlit Display With Webcam
  • AMD Radeon HD 6310M Fusion Integrated Graphics
  • Fast Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wireless
  • Three USB 2.0, HDMI, VGA, 4-in-1 Card Reader
  • 11.5" x 8.4" x 1.2" @ 3.5 lbs.
  • Windows 7 Home Premium, Office Starter, HP MediaSmart, Norton Internet Security

Guide Review - HP Pavilion dm1-3020us 11.6-inch Ultraportable Laptop PC

Feb 25 2011 - The HP Pavilion dm1-3020us doesn't quite fit the ultraportable market but also doesn't fit the netbook market either. This is more of a bridge product that has been much needed. It has the rough size of a netbook but certainly offers more performance thanks to the new AMD Fusion based E-350 dual core processor. In fact, the performance is higher than Intel's Atom N550 and is very similar to the previous Athlon II Neo K325. The 3GB of memory will certainly allow it to perform better than a netbook but it would have been nice to see 4GB like most budget class systems now feature.

The real big feature of the AMD Fusion processor is the new integrated graphics engine that is on the same chip as the processor. The Radeon HD 6310M is much higher performing than Intel's netbook and even laptop integrated graphics and comes close to NVIDIA Ion 2 integrated platform. It will have no problems playing 1080p high definition video and can even play some casual 3D PC games at lower resolution and detail levels. Of course, you will need to outpout to a HDTV for 1080p video as the 11.6-inch display tops out at 1376x768 and offers a fairly typical image quality.

Storage for the HP Pavilion dm1-3020us is a bit mixed. It offers a 320GB hard drive that is larger than a netbook drive but is smaller than the 500GB that most ultraportables are now starting to offer. It does spin at a faster 7200rpm rate but performance isn't that much different from a 5400rpm 500GB drive. Like most netbooks and ultraportables it does not feature an optical drive.

AMD has typically suffered in the power efficiency and running time compared to Intel's offering. Now, some of this has been because the AMD processors offered improved performance over the Atom models. In video streaming testing, the Pavilion dm1-3020us was able to run for a little under five hours before going into standby mode. This puts it very close to most six cell netbooks and many ultraportables. The downside is that the laptop does weight a bit more at three and a half pounds but it is still very portable.

The keyboard for the Pavilion dm1 uses the same isolated keyboard layout that can be found on many other HP laptops. It offers a very nice layout including a full sized right shift key which is missing from many laptops of this size. It is very comfortable and accurate for its size. The trackpad continues to use the integrated left and right mouse buttons directly into the trackpad. While this is better than the single rocker bar buttons it still isn't as nice as having discrete buttons.

Overall, the Pavilion dm1-3020us is nice bridge for those looking at a compact and affordable laptop. It offers a lot more performance than the netbook at a price that is less than most ultraportables.

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