The HP Pavilion dm1 is a thin and light laptop with an 11.6 inch display and an AMD processor. HP has been offering DM1 models for a few years — and now the company has introduced a new model with one of AMD’s latest low cost, low power chips.

The HP Pavilion dm1-4210au is powered by an AMD E1-1200 processor which is a Brazos 2.0 chip.

HP Pavilion dm1

HP isn’t offering this model in the US right now, but if you happen to be in Malaysia you can pick one up for about $450.

Update: The Pavilion dm1z is now available in the US with an AMD E1-1200 or AMD E2-1800 processor for $400 and up.

The laptop has a 1.4 GHz dual core processor and AMD Radeon HD 7310 graphics. It features 3 USB 2.0 ports, HDMI and VGA ports, Ethernet and audio jacks and a flash card reader.

HP often lets you configure memory and storage options, but the standard model available in Malaysia right now has 2GB of DDR3 memory and a 500GB hard drive.

While the 18W Brazos 2.0 don’t pack nearly as much punch as AMD’s new A-Series “Trinity” processors, E-Series chips are cheaper, which makes them a decent choice of relatively inexpensive laptops. Brazos 2.0 processors do have faster graphics processors than earlier chips such as the AMD E-300, E-350, or E-450.

The HP Pavilion dm1 measures 11.5″ x 8.5″ x 1.3″ and weighs about 3.5 pounds.

via CPU World

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5 replies on “HP Pavilion dm1 gets a Brazos 2.0 CPU upgrade… in Malaysia”

  1. I have the E-450 model (using it now actually).  The fan does come on a lot, and it’s a bit noisy.  And yes, the system gets hot on the bottom, even when the fan is going.  The CPU is also very slow — and note that the Brazos 2.0 upgrade is very minor; the E1-1000 in particular is a replacement for the E-300 model, which must be painfully slow.  
    Overall I wish I had purchased the Core i3 model, which is much faster, cooler, and gets better battery life.  I don’t understand why people will buy AMD over Intel unless it’s to save a few dollars.  Maybe there’s a certain affection for the underdog; I’m not sure.

    1. Depends on what you have. I have an Asus 1215b and its cool as ever. I find the CPU quite fast for light task such as surfing and Office applications. HP is actually quite crap in terms of design and quality. Look at their ultrabooks, they don’t even look like ultrabooks!

  2. we have 120 of the the e-450 model at my work. While they are a nice small sized laptop I would not describe them as either thin or light, quite weighty and chunky actually.

  3. Let’s hope they improved the heat dissipation in their device…
    The previous model (with E-450 with the same TDP) is horrendous in the matter. The heat and the noise are barely bareable. So much so that this causes problems like a blocked trackpad after one hour of use…

    1.  AMD still has to lower the max TDP of their AMD Fusion series and that may not happen until they go 28nm next year.  The Brazos 2.0 is still essentially the same architecture with mainly just minor performance tweaks.

      To be fair though the over heating issue wasn’t entirely the fault of the hardware, as mostly it was all the bloat on the system that kept it from properly idling below 50% system load that was the issue.

      Even when seemingly doing nothing the CPU usage can still be hitting upwards of 55% or so and that of course means the system would generate more heat on average than intended.

      So people who cleaned it out and tweaked the fan settings reported much more comfortable usage and noted the fan didn’t need to go full strength all the time.  Though heavy usage like gaming would of course bring that issue back.

      While the trade offs may be more worth it with the 17W version of Trinity.

      Since, while the Bobcat cores are better than the ATOM but the performance is still far below a similar clocked Penryn (Celeron) or
      Danube (Athlon II) cores.

      On average the cpu performance of the E-450
      lies only a bit beyond a Celeron SU2300 at 1.2 GHz or a Athlon II Neo K325 at
      1.3 GHz but clearly behind the Turion II Neo K625.

      So anything more comparable to a Core i-Series range performance and still offers decent run time can easily be worth the extra cost, which isn’t that big of a difference to go with a Trinity solution that will be sold more cheaply than the Intel equivalent Core i-Series products.

      Mind these models have at times offered either a AMD Zacate or a Core i3 offering.  So we may soon see Trinity offered instead of a i3, for example.

      System may run pretty warm but it’ll be more worth the trade off.

      Though, if you prefer Matte, the Lenovo Thinkpad X130e may be a good alternative to the HP Pavilion DM1.

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