Somewhere in the space between Atom netbooks and full-blown laptops, there’s a space for the HP Pavilion DM1. With an Intel SU2300 dual core CPU under the hood, this ultrathin is powerful enough to compete with chunkier notebooks while thin and light enough to feel like a netbook.

Netbooked has gotten their hands on one, and bottom line is that the DM1 is a decent machine and competitive with other 11.6” models available like the Acer Aspire 1410 and Lenovo U150.

Out-of-the-box, the dual-core SU2300 was able to handle 720p video on YouTube, though 1080p playback was only possible with an upgrade to Flash Player 10.1.

Battery life from the 6-cell lithium ion powerpack was decent at about 4 hours and 20 minutes under normal use and 3 hours and 13 minutes watching a looped 1080p video.

In the review, the DM1 loses points for its keyboard. While offering a solid feel and good tactile response, the overall size is more what you’d expect to find on a 10” netbook. Hey, I generally love the keyboards on HP’s netbooks, but the extra width on its deck feels like a missed opportunity for something a bit larger.

Netbooked also had a couple of issues with the DM1’s touchpad. Apart from stiff, noisy buttons, it also has no support for gestures. That could be a major disappointment for some users, since plenty of smaller, less expensive models can handle multi-touch.

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Lee Mathews

Computer tech, blogger, husband, father, and avid MSI U100 user.

7 replies on “HP Pavilion DM1 dual-core netbook reviewed”

  1. I bought one fo these a few weeks ago and it lives up to everything HP claim about it. My one frustration is that it is extremely easy to accidentally touch the keypad and have the cursor re-positioned when you least expect it. Something I will come to terms with over the next few weeks I guess, so if that’s all that’s wrong the product deserves all the praise I can throw at it. Would I recommend it? Absolutely.

  2. Just bought my new hp pavilion dm1. It is very nice but is there any other way to make recovery cd if I do not have an external DVD burner?

  3. I am madly in love with the keyboard on my HP2140. The best keyboard I have used in 25 years. So, while I understand why you are disappointed that HP did not upsize the keyboard on their 11.6″ models, I can also understand HP’s position – If it isn’t broken, don’t try to fix it. I have actually found the slightly smaller keyboard helps me type faster than a full size, as there is less reaching for corner keys. And, yes, I have large hands. Much of my job is technical writing, so I do plenty of typing. However, I realize keyboards are a personal preference…

  4. After reading the SquareTrade survey on repairs, I am no more interested in HP and Acer. That survey has really made a big impression on me and some of my friends.

    Now, its only Asus, Toshiba and Dell for me.

    1. I checked out the survey. ALL of the companies had extremely high failure rates. Asus and Toshiba were the “most reliable” with a 16% failure rate over 3 years. HP was the worst at 25% over 3 years.

      So NOBODY scored high enough in the reliability department to gain my loyalty.

      The next logical question is which manufacture provides the best customer support when something inevitably goes wrong? That’s the brand to choose.

      1. THe reported conclusions do not align with other independent surveys that I have seen. THe report is based on Square trade’s data and is not an independent report since the data is produced by a company selling electronics warranties. THe release is alos very suspiciously close to the holiday season.. Hmmmmm

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