The Bottom Line
- Excellent Keyboard
- Bluetooth and eSATA
- Battery Life Not Nearly As Long Running As HP Claims
- Poor Trackpad With Built-In Buttons
- Too Much Trialware Installed
- Intel Pentium U5400 Dual Core Mobile Processor
- 4GB PC3-6400 DDR3 Memory
- 500GB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive
- 13.3" WXGA (1376x768) LED Backlit Display With Webcam
- Intel GMA 4500MHD Integrated Graphics
- Fast Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wireless, Bluetooth
- Three USB 2.0, eSATA (Shared), HDMI, VGA, 4-in-1 Card Reader
- 12.8" x 9.1" x 1.2" @ 4 lbs.
- Windows 7 Home Premium, Office Starter, HP MediaSmart, Norton Internet Security
Guide Review - HP Pavilion dm3-3110us 13.3-inch Ultraportable Laptop PC
Feb 28 2011 - With a price tag of just under $600, the HP Pavilion dm3-3110us is certainly not going to be a high performance system. What is surprising is that HP has decided to use an Intel Pentium U5400 dual core processor with a relatively low 1.2GHz clock speed. This provides it with performance that is certainly much higher than a netbook but it falters compared to low cost ultraportables that use the Core 2 Duo with slightly higher prices. HP does thankfully include a full 4GB of DDR3 memory but it does run at a slower speed than many competing laptops in this price range.
Storage features for the Pavilion dm3-3110us are actually quite surprising. It features 500GB hard drive that provides plenty of storage space for applications, data and media files. The drive also spins at a faster 7200rpm spin rate that gives it some solid performance. Like most ultraportables, it does not include an optical drive to help save on size as well as cost. To make up for this, HP includes a combination USB and eSATA port that allows for easy high performance external storage.
The 13.3-inch screen on the HP Pavilion dm3-3110us isn't anything special. It provides the typical 1376x768 resolution found in most laptops and offers decent color. The viewing angles are a bit limited but what do you expect for something in this low price range. The graphics are powered by the Intel GMA 4500MHD integrated solution. This means that it can handle most high definition video without a problem but it will lack any serious 3D performance for even casual PC gaming at low resolution.
HP advertises the Pavilion dm3-3110us as having a seven and a half hour running time. This is a very long running time but they do include a sizable six cell battery pack with a 62WHr capacity. In video streaming tests, the laptop was only able to yield roughly four and quarter hours before going into standby mode. While this is a good running time for a 13-inch laptop, it does fall well short of HP's inflated claim. It might yield five and a half hours in more typical usage.
The keyboard design of the Pavilion dm3 uses an isolated key layout. In terms of functionality and layout it is very good. It even features a full sized right shift key which is unusual for an ultraportable laptop. The trackpad on the other hand has multiple issues. The trackpad is centered for the laptop but not the keyboard. This combined with its size causes more than a few accidental touches which can cause the cursor to jump. In addition, the buttons are integrated into the touchpad and are difficult to use.