The Good Good build quality. Excellent keyboard and trackpad. Price will suit those looking for something modest and small.
The Bad Ultrabooks trounce it in performance (although are double the price). Screen isn't great.
The Bottom Line The dm1 is attempting to occupy a price point, and hold on to it to the best of its ability. If you don't want the bulk of a 15.6-inch budget machine yet can't afford an ultrabook, don't stoop down to the netbook level: get this instead.
HP Pavilion dm1 (4108AU)
HP's 11.6-inch Pavilion dm1 isn't a netbook, which is great; but it isn't an ultrabook either.
The AMD-powered laptop is an exercise in "just enough", offering a quite decent experience. It's not really a production machine — you don't want to be doing any heavy graphics, audio or video work on it — but by and large it's perfectly fine for web browsing and consumption tasks. Even 1080p Flash video works fine in YouTube, so long as you play it full screen.
The keyboard and touch pad show that HP mastered the small form factor a long time ago, thanks to its professional netbook experience. The 1366x768 screen isn't great though; a washed out affair with limited vertical viewing angles. HP has also managed to cram in Beats Audio into yet another of its devices, but don't expect miracles — rather just passable sound for the size of the laptop.
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