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

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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