HP Pavilion dm4 review: HP Pavilion dm4

With only integrated Intel graphics capabilities, you're not going to be doing any gaming beyond FarmVille on this system, unless you add one of the optional discrete ATI graphics cards (which our system lacked).

Juice box
HP Pavilion dm4 Average watts per hour
Off (60%) 0.6
Sleep (10%) 1.01
Idle (25%) 8.28
Load (05%) 45.02
Raw kWh Number 41.89
Annual Energy Cost $4.75

Annual power consumption cost
HP Pavilion dm4-1003
$4.75 

The HP Pavilion dm4 ran for 4 hours and 21 minutes on our video playback battery drain test, using the included 6-cell battery. That's excellent for a 14-inch laptop, especially as we've seen some disappointing battery performances from midsize laptops lately. As it's slim and light enough to be an occasional (but not everyday) road machine, the long battery life is especially appreciated.

HP includes an industry-standard one-year mail-in parts-and-labor warranty with the system. Upgrading to a three-year plan will cost an extra $259, which includes on-site service, with additional upgrade levels available for "accidental damage." Support is accessible through a 24-7 toll-free phone line, an online knowledge base, and driver downloads.

Multimedia multitasking test
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
HP Pavilion dm4-1003
680 

Adobe Photoshop CS3 image-processing test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
HP Pavilion dm4-1003
126 

Apple iTunes encoding test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
HP Pavilion dm4-1003
140 

Video playback battery drain test (in minutes)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
HP Pavilion dm4-1003
261 

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System configurations:

HP Pavilion dm4-1003
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.4GHz Intel Core i5 M520; 4096MB DDR3 SDRAM 1333MHz; 64MB (Dedicated)/1695MB (Total); 320GB Toshiba 7,200rpm

Sony Vaio VPC-Z116GX/S
Windows 7 Professional (64-bit); 2.4GHz Intel Core i5 M520; 4096MB DDR3 SDRAM 1066MHz; 1GB Nvidia GeForce GT 330M; 256GB Intel SSD

Samsung NP-R580-JSB1US
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.26GHz Intel Core i5 M430; 4096MB DDR3 SDRAM 1066MHz; 512MB Nvidia GeForce 310M; 500GB Seagate 5,400rpm

Lenovo Ideapad Y460
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.4GHz Intel Core i5 M520; 4096MB DDR3 SDRAM 1066MHz; 1GB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650; 500GB Seagate 5,400rpm

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Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date Jun 1, 2010
  • Resolution 1366 x 768 ( HD )
  • Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Edition
  • Installed Size 6 GB
  • Weight 4.4 lbs
  • Optical Drive DVD±RW / DVD-RAM
  • Graphics Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000
  • CPU Intel Core i5 (2nd Gen) 2430M / 2.4 GHz
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