HP Pavilion DM1z


A 11 inch netbook

People are always searching for the perfect laptop that will fulfill their every need technology-wise and is cheap. But in recent years, however, this trend has changed. Customers prefer to pay a little more money to be sure that the product they buy is going to work as it should. There is a huge different of price between Netbooks and ultra portable laptops. While the former cost somewhere between 137-274 EUR and their performances are not that good, the latter may cost up to 617 EUR. The new HP Pavilion dm1z comes and fills this gap: it costs no more than 274-411 EUR and it fares much better than a netbook. Is it worth ? Let’s see the tests performed for this review.

Good features

HP-Pavilion-DM1zFirst of all, the HP Pavilion dm1z features a dual-core 1.6GHz E-350 AMD Fusion processor with an AMD Radeon HD 6310 GPU. This new processor is the first Fusion system to invade the world of laptops and it delivers flawlessly. An important advantage of this product is the fact that it works for up to 9.5 hours on a charge. The laptop also features 3GB of RAM, Windows 7 Home Premium, an 11.6″ 720 p LED display, 320 GB 7200 rpm HDD, AMD ID 1510 + SB800. The audio uses the Dolby option and very good Altec Lansing speakers. The battery is a 6-cell Li-ion one (51 Wh). The dimensions of this new HP Pavilion dm1z are as follows: 11.45 (L) x 8.45 (W) x 1.25 (H) inches. The product weighs 3.4 pounds or 4.2 pounds with an AC adapter.

Without optical drive

Another advantage is that the buyer will discover an integrated webcam, a microphone, 802.11n in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, 3 USB 2.0 ports and an SD card reader after buying this laptop. Unfortunately, the product does not come with an optical driver.
The body of the HP Pavilion dm1z is made of durable plastic, as is the screen lid. This represents an important advantage, because it prevents the product from getting damaged easily. The keyboard gets dirty fast while typing and the large touchpad with integrated mouse buttons can be very hard to use.

Medium resolution for display

The lid, painted in matte black, has the advantage of not getting blotched that easily with fingerprints.
The resolution of the 11-inch screen is decent, but not impressive. The 1.366×768 pixels create a glossy screen coating with distorted colors. The bottom of the HP Pavilion dm1z can be a drawback for some users: the bottom plate is hidden beneath the foot pads and it takes quite an effort to open it when you want to replace the hard drive, for example.

Good connectivity

When talking about ports and features, this laptop offers 3 USB 2.0 ports, HDMI-out VGA-out, Gigabit LAN and only one audio jacket, which can be used for the headset, a microphone or headphones. The SDHC-card slot is excellent for loading pictures from a camera.

Review conclusion

Overall, after the test performed for this review, the new HP Pavilion DM1z is an impressive laptop when comparing it to other, more affordable, products. There are no lags when running several programs and the Internet at the same time, the battery life is superb, there are no problems with the heat in the outside case and the noise is not annoying when used in public. Game lovers will be very pleased with this laptop: the video and gaming performances are top notch.

Technical specifications

Display11.6”WXGA LED Backlight BrightView (1366 x 768)
ProcessorAMD Athlon II Neo K125 (1.7 GHz)
RAM Installed (Max)DDR3 2 GB (5 GB), 1 slot
Storage250 GB at 7200 rpm or 128 GB SSD
Graphics CardATI Mobility Radeon HD4225 128 MB
Optical Drive
Audio System2 Speakers Altec Lansing
WebcamMicro VGA
NetworkWi-Fi b / g / n + Gigabit Ethernet
BluetoothBluetooth 2.1 + EDR
Card Reader5 in 1
Output (s) videoHDMI, VGA
Fingerprint Reader
Input (s) / Output (s)Headset / Microphone
USB3 USB 2.0
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
BatteryLi-Ion 6-cell 55Whr
Autonomy announced6:30
Dimensions (mm)
Weight1.53 Kg
OtherMulti-touch touchpad