The HP Pavilion dm1 is a portable laptop with an 11.6 inch display. It’s a bit chubby by ultrabook standards, measuring 1.3 inches thick at its fattest point, and weighing about 3.5 pounds. But while ultrabooks are expected to cost as much as $1000, the HP Pavilion dm1 starts at just $399.
The new models come with a slightly different case design. The battery now sits flush with the laptop case instead of sticking out of the back. The touchpad has also been redesigned so that there are now separate left and right buttons below the touch area. Earlier models had a single-surface click-pad, meaning you had to press down on the corners of the touch area in order to click.
The biggest changes though, are in the processor options. While the original dm1 came with a 1.6 GHz AMD E-350 processor, the new models are available with 1.3 GHz AMD E-300 or 1.65 GHz AMD E-450 chips. Next month HP will also offer a model with an Intel Core i3 ULV processor, but that model will be much more expensive, with prices starting at $599.99.
The E-350 model starts at $399 if you select a 250GB, 7200 RPM hard drive, and you can place an order today, but the laptop won’t ship until October 5th. A model with an E-450 processor and 320GB HDD is available today for $480, and 24-hour shipping is already available.
Both models come with 4GB of DDR3 memory, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth, and a 6 cell battery as well as Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit.