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The HP Pavilion dm3 is a slim and stylish 13.3" notebook offered by HP designed to give a balance of mobility and performance.

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Pros

aluminum body

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available with switchable discrete graphics from the two major brands

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lightweight and compact - 4.2 pounds, 1" thick

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affordable price

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runs Windows 7

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large keyboard and multi-touch touchpad

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10-hour battery life for all day computing

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duo core chip, 4 gig of ram, and a big hardrive

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Design is outstanding. Looks far more expensive than it is.

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Highly configurable. This is a good thing, not a con as it provides user choice and control over price and performance.

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Ultra portable notebooks are not supposed to be desktop replacements but units that are easy to take everywhere and yet handle most common office and web functions. The dm3 does that very well.

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Cons

ultraportable design - lightweight and small at the expense of power, not good as a desktop / work laptop replacement

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With 13.3 size and 4.0 lbs., this is too big and heavy for it to be portable. The previous model, Dv2 at 12.0 size was more ideal portable in size and weight which HP sadly discontinued.

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too much variation in system specifications - will lead to a large system performance variation, consumer confusion / support issues

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WAY overpriced for the performance it offers

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Claims an all aluminium body; however the bottom surface is made of an ugly plastic which ruins the style of the device

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Price is too high for a laptop of this calibur.

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Look closely at the keyboard tray and you will see it flexes. This is a design flaw or the Dm3 is just smokes and mirrors?

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Lacks more conectivity, I would like to see a USB port removed for a Firewire or ESATA port.

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no optical drive

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For it price, it should comes with an external drive like it's previous model DV2.

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The HP Pavilion dm3 is a slim and stylish 13.3" notebook offered by HP designed to give a balance of mobility and performance. It is housed in an all aluminum metal body that is less than 1" thick and weighs only 4.2 lbs with a 10 hour battery life making it an ideal transportable computer. The 13.3" LED-backlit Brightview HD display improves brightness and clarity while using less energy than a typical LCD display. It is powered by either an Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Neo Dual Core processor and has a choice of Intel shared, ATI or NVIDIA discrete graphics to meet the multimedia demands of the typical consumer. When configured with the AMD Neo and ATI combination, PowerXpress used discrete graphics for enhanced visual performance and automatically swiched to shared graphics when unplugged to conserve battery life. The HP MediaSmart software makes it easy to enjoy digital music, Internet TV, videos, photos and other content with options for up to 500GB of hard drive space for ample media storage.

General Specifications
  • Processor:
    • Intel Core 2 Duo
    • AMD Neo Dual Core
  • Graphics:
    • Intel shared
    • ATI discrete
  • NVIDIA discrete
  • Display:  13.3-inch diagonal LED-backlit HD BrightView
  • HP MediaSmart software
  • Storage: Up to 500 GB
Pavilion dm3-1047cl Specifications
  • OPERATING SYSTEM: Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
  • PROCESSOR: Intel Pentium Processor SU4100
  • PROCESSOR SPEED: 1.30 GHz
  • PROCESSOR CACHE: 2MB L2 Cache
  • BUS SPEED: 800MHz FSB
  • MEMORY:
    • 4096MB DDR3 System Memory (2 Dimm)
    • Max supported =8192MB
  • ACCESSIBLE MEMORY SLOTS: 2
  • VIDEO GRAPHICS: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD (shared) with up to 1695MB total available graphics memory
  • HARD DRIVE: 500GB (7200RPM) Hard Drive (SATA)
  • FINISH AND FEATURES: Brushed Aluminum finish in Modern Argento & HP Webcam with integrated digital microphone
  • DISPLAY: 13.3” Diagonal High-Definition HP LED BrightView Widescreen Display (1366 x 768)
  • NETWORK CARD: Integrated 10/100BASE-T Ethernet LAN (RJ-45 connector)
  • WIRELESS OPTION: Intel WiFi Link 5100AGN
  • DIGITAL MEDIA: 5-in-1 integrated Digital Media Reader for Secure Digital cards,MultiMedia cards, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, or xD Picturecards
  • AUDIO: Altec Lansing with SRS Premium Sound
  • KEYBOARD: Full size chicklet keyboard
  • POINTING DEVICE: Touch Pad supporting Multi-Touch gestures. With On/Off button and dedicated vertical Scroll Up/Down pad
  • EXTERNAL NOTEBOOK PORTS:
    • 4 Universal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0: 1 Headphone out
    • 1 microphone-in
    • HDMI
    • 1 VGA (15-pin)
    • 1 RJ -45 (LAN)
  • DIMENSIONS:
    • Unpackaged: 12.83"(L)x 9.06"(D)x 0.96"(min H)/ 1.23"(max H)
    • Packaged: 17.9"(W) x 4.3"(D) x13.6"(H)
  • WEIGHT:
    • Unpackaged: 4.21 lbs(12)
    • Packaged: 9.2 lbs
  • SECURITY:
    • Kensington MicroSaver lock slot
    • Power-on password
    • Accepts 3rd party security lock devices
  • POWER:
    • 65W AC Adapter
    • 6-Cell Lithium-Ion battery
  • OPTIONAL ACCESSORIES:
    • HP 90W AC Adapter
    • HP FD06 Notebook Battery
    • HP USB Essentials Port Replicator
  • WARRANTY AND SUPPORT:
    • 1-Year Limited Hardware Warranty with Toll Free Support (NA)
    • 1-Year Free Hardware Technical Support
    • 30-Days Free Limited Software Support with 1-Year (from date of purchase) Free Limited Software Support with Product Registration.
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Meatbyproducts
11/15/2009 01:51

I have this laptop and it is great for me as I am always on the go.  I have had a bunch of desktop replacements and I am tired of lugging them about, I have a net book but it is jsut not quite enough to take care of my needs. this is like the third bed that goldielocks slept in... it is just right.  The battery is good but the unit is still new but you can replace the battery if it ever goes bad unlike some other units.  I also like the build quality of the unit, the metal case jsut adds to the solid feel of this and I do not feel like I will break it is I look at it wrong.

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