We like HP's Pavilion dm1z quite a bit. It won our Editor's Choice award and was recommended it in our latest system guide. HP apparently has a soft spot for the system, too, because it's seen fit to update the machine with a new-and-improved design, more processor options, and other goodies.
According to the official announcement, the new Pavilion dm1 will debut on September 21 at just $399.99. A version sporting an Intel Sandy Bridge processor will arrive on October 30 at $599.99. Both of those initial variants will feature a "traditional charcoal gloss finish," but HP is also prepping a "soft-touch ash black finish with a stylized pattern" that will become available (presumably as an option) some time this fall.
You can check out pictures of the ash and charcoal designs in the gallery below. I've gotta say, both look quite dashing—definitely more stylish than the system we reviewed. The touchpad now has a textured finish and detached buttons, and the battery no longer pokes out the back. Rather, the rear of the system is neatly contoured. My only complaint is that HP has given the display bezel a glossy finish, which is guaranteed to attract smudges and fingerprints.
The folks at Liliputing got a first-hand look at the new Pavilion dm1, and they gathered some more details. Most notably, the system will be available with AMD's new E-450 APU (though the base $399.99 model will ship with the slower E-300), 4GB of memory will come installed as standard, and an optional solid-state drive will be offered.