The article will provide a reader with information on HP Pavilion DM1-4125EA. With a total width of 292mm and a length of 215mm, it’s certainly small. A user will have no trouble fitting it into user bag and chucking it over user shoulder. With a thickness of 32mm though, the DM1 is definitely more netbook than it is ultrabook. It’s slightly slimmer than Toshiba’s NB550D netbook, but considerably fatter than the Asus Zenbook UX21, which narrows to a carrier bag-splitting 8mm.
It weighs only 1.52kg though, which is a whole load lighter than a lot of laptops — especially the gargantuan Asus NX90JQ — so user won’t feel too weighed down if user’re carrying it around with user. It adds a few grams onto other netbooks, but user’re unlikely to notice the difference.
The build quality of some netbooks is not always convincing because the chassis is an area that manufacturers cut back on in order to reduce the overall price. Thankfully though, the DM1 feels extremely sturdy. There was very little flex in the lid when we pressed on it and it didn’t bend at all when opened up
The wrist rest and keyboard tray are also free from any flex, which together with the metal banding around the edge makes this machine feel very well put together and suited to a rough life on the road.
Keyboard and trackpad
The keyboard uses isolated keys that are spread across the whole base, meaning that userr hands aren’t squashed up uncomfortably while typing. The keys are easy to press and the lack of flex from the tray means user can keep on typing for a long time without feeling the tell-tale cramps that come from using a horrible keyboard.
The DM1 comes with the Beats Audio branding so we were expecting a decent serving of sound. For such a small device, it’s quite loud, and the Beats software does help in boosting the bass. It’s an adequate noise for watching a few episodes of a TV show, or for video chatting using the webcam. But if user want to really enjoy the deep, meaningful and poetic artistry that Justin Bieber weaves into his music, get a decent sound system. And medical attention.
The DM1 is running on a dual-core AMD E-450 chip at 1.65GHz, paired up with 4GB of RAM. AMD chips aren’t as common in laptops as Intel’s chips but they do the same job, so don’t let the name put user off. When we ran the PCMark05 benchmark test, it gave a score of 2,801. That’s an okay score, considering the low price tag. By comparison, it easily beat the Toshiba NB550D, which achieved only 1,885 with its 1GB of RAM, but failed to beat the MSI U270, which managed 2,940 with 2GB of RAM.
As the 11-inch Asus Zenbook UX21 racked up a score of 9,802, the DM1 is clearly residing in netbook rather than ultrabook territory. But at £500 less, we don’t have a problem with that.
We found performance to be generally swift. The 4GB of RAM helped it to keep going when we opened up various web browser windows alongside Windows Media Player. The Radeon HD 6320 graphics gave a helping hand in playing back high-definition video — something which other netbooks often struggle to do.
• Excellent battery life
• Sturdy construction
• Comfortable keyboard
• Powerful by netbook standard
• Dim screen
• Awkward trackpad
• Fairly chunky