This fall HP will offer a new version of the Pavilion dm1 laptop designed to connect to T-Mobile’s 4G HSPA+ mobile network. And customers will be able to use up to 200MB of data per month for two years for no additional cost.
While 200MB isn’t a lot of data, it’s enough to occasionally check your email, send documents, or get a little work done while you’re on the go… if you’re not on the go all that often. Just don’t expect to stream full-length movies from YouTube or Netflix on the free plan.
I suspect T-Mobile would be happy to let you pay to upgrade to a plan with more bandwidth once your appetite is whetted, though.
The HP Pavilion dm1 with 4G does have a higher starting price than the WiFi-only model. HP charges $499 and up for the T-Mobile model, compared with $399 and up for the model without cellular data.
Aside from the new mobile broadband option, the Pavilion dm1 with T-Mobile is a lot like the last Pavilion dm1 notebook I reviewed.
It has an 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display, an AMD E2-1800 Brazos 2.0 processor (which is a budget processor that’s a few steps above an Intel Atom, but not exactly bleeding edge), up to 8GB of RAM, and up to a 640GB hard drive or 128GB solid state disk.
The new model will come with Windows 8 rather than Windows 7.
The HP Pavilion dm1 with T-Mobile 4G should ship on October 6th.