HP 13-inch laptops bring on aluminum and affordability

Just in time for Windows 7 comes HP's new Windows 7-preinstalled 13-inch thin-and-light laptops.

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As we gear up for Windows 7, manufacturers are lining up their latest updated models to catch your consumer eye. HP's newest 13-inch laptops, the HP ProBook 5310m and HP Pavilion dm3, both toss in fancy aluminum frames, but with different internal stories. The ProBook 5310m has a 2.2 GHz Core 2 Duo processor or 1.2 GHz Celeron ULV under its hood, while the Pavilion dm3 has a new dual-core AMD Neo X2 (or if you choose, an Intel Pentium SU4100 ULV) running the show.

The ProBook's looks feature an anodized aluminum chassis, a raised keyboard, and .93 inch of thinness. The Pavilion dm3 is a slightly thicker machine, but then again, it's also more affordable. And it has a fancy metal case, too. The ProBook 5310m starts at $699, while the Pavilion dm3 starts at $549. HP claims 7 and 10 hours battery life, respectively, for the duo of 13-inchers. Both come preinstalled with Windows 7.

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    HP Pavilion DM3
  • 13.3-inch LED 1,366x768 display
  • 1.6 GHz AMD Neo X2 or 1.3 GHz Intel Pentium SU4100
  • 4GB DDR2 RAM (for the Neo) or 4GB DDR3 (Pentium)
  • ATI Radeon HD 3200 graphics (Neo) or Intel GMA 4500MHD (Pentium)
  • 320GB, 7200rpm HDD (Neo) or 500GB, 7200rpm HDD (Pentium)
  • 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • Altec Lansing speakers
  • 4 USB 2.0, HDMI
  • CD/DVD drive
  • 4.21 pounds
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    HP ProBook 5310m
  • 13.3-inch LED 1366x768 display
  • 2.26 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo SP9300 or 1.2 GHz Intel Celeron SU2300
  • Intel GMA 4500MHD
  • Up to 4GB DDR2 RAM
  • Up to 320GB 7200rpm HDD
  • 3 USB 2.0, DisplayPort
  • 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • QuickWeb and QuickLook instant-launch web and email browser
  • 3.79 pounds
About the author

Scott Stein is a senior editor covering iOS and laptop reviews, mobile computing, video games, and tech culture. He has previously written for both mainstream and technology enthusiast publications including Wired, Esquire.com, Men's Journal, and Maxim, and regularly appears on TV and radio talking tech trends.

 

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