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The HP Pavilion dm1z is a notebook with an 11.6 inch display and a 1.6 GHz AMD E-350 dual core chip. It features AMD Radeon HD 6310 graphics, and while it’s not much larger and not much more expensive than a typical netbook, it should offer much more bang for your buck.

The AMD E-350 is a low power chip with what AMD calls “discrete level” graphics on the same piece of silicon as the CPU. That means the computer can handle 1080p HD video playback, Blu-Ray video, HD Flash, and some moderate 3D gaming without killing your battery too quickly. Or at least that’s the claim. I’ll be working to put it to the test in the coming days as I review the laptop.

For now you can check out my unboxing video after the break. The laptop looks a lot like an oversized HP Mini 210, but as you can see in the video, it’s not really all that much bigger than a 10 inch netbook. You just get a slightly larger screen and keyboard.

The HP Pavilion dm1z has a starting price of $449.99.

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11 replies on “HP Pavilion dm1z unboxing and first look – video”

  1. And Intel doesn’t have anything that’s similar to this… it’s either the Atom dog or full-fledged Pentium Dual-Core (or i series).

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      Man they have quite a few $30 off coupons – it’s too bad you can’t stack them… if so I’d have $120 off! 😀

  2. I returned one to HP, I could not get HD to run smoothly on Netfilx or Hulu. Hopefully, it was a quirk in my machine or a driver issue.

    1. I cannot really tell if it is running slow or not on Hulu. It runs and it is smooth, but it could be running slower. THEREFORE, I guess I am saying, “Yeah, you’re probably not wrong that something is up.”

      My dm1z runs faster than old machine for sure, so I am not worried about it.

      1. If you get a chance, try HD on Netflix. Mine was sharp but would freeze on fast action. It was more pronounced on Netflix than Hulu. It might be something to due with Silverlight. Other than that, I liked the computer and the sound was fantastic, the best I have heard on a 11.6″ rig.

  3. I have a retail unit (bought from HP.com that is to say), comes in a plain brown cardboard box. Everything in the box is the same as what Brad showed (excpet teh fancy BluRay drive), even the interior packing; it just fits in the flatter box different…

    The instant on OS option HP provided is a bit weird; I am still playing with it. HP calls it QuickWeb boot. You can set it to load first for an instant-on functionality (ten seconds, maybe a bit more) to basic programs and web connectivity. It provides more immediate access to email, web browsing, music, photos and other things people would typically do. I hardly use Skype, photos or music… so for me I might not see it being as useful. Yet, I am leaving it on there and using it as the first stage boot. It seems easy to disable so you can boot straight into windows, but I am going to try it out for a few weeks to see if getting online quicker proves handy.

    I like the keyboard; it feels good in my hands. The mouse button area is surprisingly clicky, and I have to say I do not mind it much. Over all the whole fit & finish is good, I like the feel of it although I wish the bezel around the screen was smaller (the whole unit could be 0.5” smaller or they could have shoved a 12” screen on this model IMO). Regardless, it is a pleasant machine to look at, it is light enough, and it work well from what I could see form four or five hours of use. I am please with my purchase.

  4. Mine comes tomorrow. I can’t WAIT to see it in person.

    Looking forward to seeing what you think of it in your review.

  5. HP has been one of AMD`s more stalwart supporters during the long period that AMD was close to the edge…cudos to them for helping keep AMD alive to fight another day. That day is now…fusion is an indicator that AMD is back! Not a second too soon…not only do they have to fight chipzilla but it`s obvious they will also have to take on the ARM boys. No “rest for the wicked“ as they say!

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