HP Pavilion dm4-3090se Beats Edition review: HP Pavilion dm4-3090se Beats Edition

You are, however, stuck with the integrated Intel HD 3000 graphics, which is fine for streaming HD video and playing Facebook games, but not much more than that.

Juice box
HP Pavilion dm4-3090se Average watts per hour
Off (60 percent) 0.45
Sleep (10 percent) 0.86
Idle (25 percent) 6.86
Load (5 percent) 48.62
Raw kWh 39.44
Annual power consumption cost $4.48

Annual power consumption cost
HP Pavilion dm4-3090se
$4.48 

Battery life on the HP dm4 Beats Edition was average. In our video playback battery drain test, the system ran for 4 hours and 17 minutes. That's certainly acceptable for a midsize laptop, but many other laptops in the category ran 30 to 60 minutes longer.

HP includes a one-year parts-and-labor warranty with the Pavilion dm4 (Envy laptops start with a two-year plan). There are, of course, many upgrade options available, from $229 for two years of in-home service and accidental damage protection to $329 for three years of the same. HP's service and support tools are perfectly navigable, and product manuals and software and driver downloads were easy to find. The 24-7 toll-free number can be tricky to spot, however. It's 800-474-6836.

The HP Pavilion dm4-3090se Beats Edition is an impressive-looking laptop with features you can't find in other midprice, midsize systems. But the additional investment to trade up the higher-end Envy line is between $150 and $200, which includes all-metal construction, discrete graphics, and even double the warranty coverage, making it a tough call unless you're very intent on making a smaller initial investment.

Multimedia multitasking test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
HP Pavilion dm4-3090se
553 

Adobe Photoshop CS5 image-processing test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
HP Pavilion dm4-3090se
173 

Apple iTunes encoding test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
HP Pavilion dm4-3090se
113 

Video playback battery drain test (in minutes)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
HP Pavilion dm4-3090se
257 

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System configurations

HP Pavilion dm4-3090se
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.5GHz Intel Core i5-2450M; 6GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,333MHz; 64MB (Dedicated) Intel HD 3000; 520GB Intel 7,200rpm

Dell Inspiron N411z
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) w/ SP1; 2.3GHz Intel Core i5-2410M; 8GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,333MHz; 64MB (Dedicated) Intel HD 3000; 750GB Western Digital 7,200rpm

Samsung QX411-W01
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) w/ SP1; 2.4GHz Intel Core i5-2430M; 6GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,333MHz; 64MB (Dedicated) Intel GMA HD; 640GB Seagate 5,400rpm

Gateway ID47H02u
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.3GHz Intel Core i5-2410M; 4GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,333MHz; 64MB (Dedicated) Intel GMA HD; 500GB Western Digital 5,400rpm

Lenovo Essential B470
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) w/ SP1; 2.3GHz Intel Core i5-2410M; 4GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,333MHz; 1GB Nvidia GeForce 410M; 500GB Seagate 5,400rpm

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Where to Buy

HP Pavilion dm4-3090se Beats Edition

Part Number: A6X69UA#ABA

MSRP: $899.99

See manufacturer website for availability.

Quick Specifications See All

  • Installed Size 6 GB
  • CPU Intel Core i5 (2nd Gen) 2450M / 2.5 GHz
  • Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Edition
  • Color brushed aluminum black
  • Weight 4.4 lbs
  • Optical Drive DVD±RW / DVD-RAM
  • Graphics Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000
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