It looks like HP is preparing to launch a new 11.6 inch business notebook called the HP 3105m Mini Executive. But if this little guy looks familiar, there’s a good reason for that. It’s basically a rebadged HP Pavilion dm1z.
There’s nothing wrong with that. The Pavilion dm1z is a pretty good notebook. It’s just unusual for HP to slap a business label on one of its consumer notebooks with so few other changes, although it has been known to happen from time to time.
According to the spec sheet, the HP 3105m will have an 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display, a 1.6 GHz AMD E-350 dual core processor, AMD Radeon HD 6310 graphics, and support for 2GB, 4GB, or 8GB of memory.
The laptop has a 6 cell, 55Whr battery, measures 11.5″ x 8.5″ x 0.8″ and weighs about 3.5 pounds.
One area where the business version of the laptop shines is customization options. In addition to support for up to 8GB of RAM, HP will offer the HP 3105m with Windows 7 Starter, Home Premium, or Pro, or FreeDOS. You’ll be able to get a 5400rpm or 7200rpm hard drive. And a variety of wireless options will be available including Bluetooth 3.0, 802.11a/b/g/n, and 3G.
Notebook Italia reports the notebook will be available in May for $449 and up.
FreeDOS option for teh w1n!
If you’re working for a large entity then your needs are totally different from those of a typical consumer, even when the same physical device would suffice. As “object of purchase”, there may be little difference. However, a change like this might exist to allow the dm1z to show up on an “approved for purchase” list for a business, government, etc. or allow the dm1z to be covered through HP’s corporate technical support. It is largely a bureaucratic move but one that probably opens up the market for the dm1z to thousands of new outlets. It’s also worth noting that HP did this because it COULD do this. Other OEMs don’t have the relationships with or support structure for large organizations, which is why other OEMs don’t do this.
True. It also slipped my mind when writing this article this morning, but HP did something similar with Compaq CQ10 netbook which is basically the business version of the HP Mini 210.
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