What can $480 buy you in an ultraportable? Quiet a nice little machine, according to HP — whose Pavilion DM1 has been given the hands-on treatment over at Laptop Mag. The DM1 features AMD’s Fusion APU with a dual-core CPU at 1.6GHz and Radeon HD 6310 GPU, 3GB of RAM (8GB max), 320GB 7200RPM hard drive, 802.11b/g/n wireless, Bluetooth 2.1, HDMI out, and an 11.6″ 1366×768 display with integrated webcam. The speedy hard drive and AMD APU combine to make the DM1 quite the compact performer — though its 3D performance lagged behind the ION2-powered Asus 1215N, the DM1 handled media transcoding tasks like a champ.
Perhaps more interesting than the DM1’s performance is the amount of time Laptop Mag squeezed out of its battery — 6 hours and 37 minutes. Pretty impressive, especially when you consider that the 1215N posted nearly an hour less in the same testing. The Dm1 also ran fairly cool, not breaking 80 degrees on the keyboard or touchpad during normal use. Laptop Mag was also impressed with the DM1’s overall design, keyboard, and its superb-quality audio. At under $500 with this kind of performance and weighing about three and a half pounds, the HP Pavilion DM1 sounds like a terrific deal.
Head on over to laptopmag.com for the full review.