HP has introduced its first portable laptop based on AMD’s new Fusion technology. The HP Pavilion dm1z is a notebook with an 11.6 inch display which weighs about 3.5 pounds. It sports an 18W AMD E-350 (Zacate) processor with AMD Radeon HD6310 graphics, providing support for HD video, 3D graphics acceleration, and DirectX 11. The dm1z will be available starting January 9th for $449 and up.

In many ways the HP Pavilion dm1z is an updated version of the dm1 which HP introduced last year. But the new model has been tweaked in a number of ways. In addition to the new chipset, the laptop now has a 100% full sized keyboard (instead of 93%), a clickpad with a ridge near the clicking areas to make them easier to detect, and a base plate which is the same color as the lid — and which can be removed without any screws.

All you have to do is pop out the battery and then push a tab to remove the base and you can upgrade the RAM, hard drive, and other components. This works the same way on the HP Pavilion dm1z as it does on the HP Mini 210 netbook I reviewed recently, and in fact the Pavilion dm1z looks a lot like a larger version of the Mini 210.

But thanks to the larger screen size, this notebook has a full sized keyboard and a 1366 x 768 pixel HD display. It also has much more graphics and processing power, although HP says it still gets up to 9.5 hours of run time (with the WiFi turned off), and up to 10.5 hours if you customize the laptop with a solid state disk instead of hard drive. That’s with a 55WHr, 6 cell battery which comes standard with the laptop.

The $449 base model will come with a 250GB hard drive, 2GB of RAM, and 802.11b/g/n WiFi. You’ll be able to configure the laptop with up to 8GB of RAM, up to 750GB of disk space, or a 128GB SSD, although clearly all of those options will drive up the price.

I should mention that HP told me the final model would have a silver colored battery instead of the black battery shown in the pictures below.

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10 replies on “HP introduces dm1z 11.6 inch notebook with AMD Zacate chipset”

  1. Looks like a shiny screen, not matte. This is a deal killer for me (and many many others IMO). Too bad…

  2. No mention of the speakers…HPs usually have great sounded Altec-Lansings….I don’t see them here….I want it for editing audio so what about the speakers?

    1. The speakers are incredible. By far the loudest/clearest I have ever heard on this type of computer. I keep the volume around 35% for most videos. At 100% there is very little sound distortion, and you can hear it in the next room easy – probably 2 rooms away. Definitely one of the most impressive features on this computer.

  3. Looks very cool, the only thing stopping me from buying this before is that the current dmz1 doesn’t have a full size kb. That fixed plus upgraded processor, lid goes all the way back, battery power etc. now a winner for me as a travel PC. Who needs and IPAD (only advantage for me would be startup)?

  4. 10.5 hours with a 55whr is a huge claim even if its an absolute idle result. 5 watts of idle power consumption approaches the Atom, something AMD has never been close to.

    1. Zacate as a platform idles at a lower wattage than Atom, and that was an engineering sample. Zacate, when the GPU and CPU being stressed, as a platform uses roughly the same power draw as Atom as a platform. That was also an engineering sample. No doubt AMD wouldn’t have had troubles getting a couple of % out of Zacate before they shipped chips.

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