HP readies Pavilion dm1 refresh

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.

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    • FuturePastNow
    • 8 years ago

    They ditched the clickpad! Awesome. HP’s attempt at a clicky touchpad was awful. It will not be missed.

      • UberGerbil
      • 8 years ago

      You and Blackstar need to talk.

        • BlackStar
        • 8 years ago

        Nice 🙂

      • BlackStar
      • 8 years ago

      The clickpad is awesome, the synaptic drivers are the problematic ones. Somehow they’ve managed to introduce some ungodly amounts of lag and jitter while scrolling and their gesture recognition sucks.

      [url=http://forum.notebookreview.com/hp-drivers-software-forum/552462-twofingerscroll-two-finger-scrolling-done-right-more.html<]Head here[/url<], follow the instructions, enable 'smart scrolling' and weep in joy as you marvel the [b<]pixel-level smoothness[/b<] in Chrome/Firefox/IE/Office. Yes, I'm being serious here. This is by far the best touchpad I've ever used on a PC. Once you get used to it, you'll never be able to go back to regular non-clicky touchpads.

    • khands
    • 8 years ago

    Kinda sad there aren’t any Llano variants 🙁

      • NeelyCam
      • 8 years ago

      I don’t think the batteries you can fit into this form factor can support Llano with a decent battery life.

    • Chrispy_
    • 8 years ago

    I like this. I have an HP mini 100 and I think it’s a robust, clean design that rivals the fuss-free (and matte) design quality of Macbooks.

    I suspect I’ll be looking at a fusion variant of the DM1 to refresh my mini (which is probably a little too mini for the HD 1080p world of today)

    • MadManOriginal
    • 8 years ago

    I hope the screen is better. Or dare I dream and say an IPS option?

      • BlackStar
      • 8 years ago

      Better screen, possible. IPS, little chance. If only, though, if only…

    • BlackStar
    • 8 years ago

    I have the original model and it’s awesome! Nice changes, for the most part, but for two:

    1. The screen bezel is ridiculously reflective. Bad move, HP!
    2. The awesome clickpad from the previous model is gone. Sad, this was the best touchpad I’ve ever used on a non-Mac system (at least once you booted the terrible Synaptics multitouch recognition in favor of the “TwoFingerScroll Mod” – or Linux).

    The rest is good: 4GB memory by default, the same awesome keyboard, better LAN port placement, better exterior, nicer color, faster processors, separate mic jack. Awesome!

    • hansmuff
    • 8 years ago

    I bought the dm1z for my daughter and it’s been a stellar performer, she absolutely loves that machine and I wish I had gotten two of them. I’m glad to see HP realizing what they have and building on it. I’m a little perplexed at the $399 machine shipping with an E-300 though; I paid $399 for the ‘old’ dm1z and it has an E-350.

      • Hattig
      • 8 years ago

      To be fair the E-450 version is only $26 more.

      Maybe AMD decided that with the E-300 and E-450 that they would try and make something called a ‘profit’. And why not indeed, with Intel still selling overpriced Atom rubbish to the same market.

      This is a major step forward from the old HP-2133 that I have – although that has a 160dpi display. Still, I’ve just stuck Zenwalk Linux on it and it doesn’t feel so bad now. Can’t wait for a quad-core 28nm variant next year.

      • NeelyCam
      • 8 years ago

      Supply/demand. HP probably saw they can charge more for it.

      That said, I have a $50 coupon from Microsoft Store (a result of the botched Arrandale+Xbox for $500 sale) that can only be applied to a PC, and is valid until the end of this month. I won’t be using it, so if anyone wants it, IM me – first come first served.

      Microsoft store has “dm1-3214nr” for $449 (free shipping), so the coupon will make it $399:

      [url<]http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msstore/en_US/pd/productID.234205000/parentCategoryID.44066900/categoryID.50787200/list.true[/url<]

    • esterhasz
    • 8 years ago

    I watched the hands-on video and, boy, this is a nice machine, the coating looks classy and with the flush battery – neat! – until the guy opened it and I saw that the bezel around the screen was reflective enough to let me see my face IN THE VIDEO!!!

      • etana
      • 8 years ago

      maybe it’s not a bezel. They should call it a front-facing camera auxiliary monitoring display.

    • PeterD
    • 8 years ago

    And who will be buying that stuff if they know hp wants to get rid of its pc division?

      • tejas84
      • 8 years ago

      This… Anandtech has been flogging HP stuff and has had a recent HP review and not even a mention of Apotheker’s insane move to sell off the profitable PSG operation.

      Seriously who is buying HP stuff knowing that they are going down fast?

        • Peldor
        • 8 years ago

        Any buyer/spinoff of the PSG will be supporting existing customers.

        hp is shedding the group, not tossing it in the dumpster.

          • PeterD
          • 8 years ago

          Nevertheless, it reeks too much of “end of the line”.
          They’ve dished the Touchpad very early.
          It’s not a trustworthy company.
          It might look nice on demo movies, but, hey, that are DEMO movies. That’s made by marketing people. It doesnt prove a bit.

          • heinsj24
          • 8 years ago

          Did support improve when the reconstituted e-Machines was bought by Gateway? How about Voodoo when it was purchased HP? Compaq support after the merger? Was Lenovo’s support better or worse than IBMs a year after it was sold off? Is Alienware better or worse under the Dell umbrella? How about Gateway under Acer?

          There’s a lot of uncertainty when a division or company is acquired or sold off.

          If I buy a computer, I expect it to last three years. I know HPs support will be end in under 12 months, what comes after that? Unknown.

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