HP’s PC business may be up in the air right now, but that doesn’t mean we won’t see any more HP notebooks. The company today announced the updated DM1 ultraportable laptop with a new, fresher look. Starting at $399, the DM1 comes with either an Intel second-gen Core processor or an AMD E-series processor. AMD models will also include AMD Radeon HD discrete graphics.
The laptop sports an 11.6-inch LED display, measures in at a little less than an inch thick, and weighs about 3.5 lbs. The DM1 is finished with a special type of soft-touch rubber that is more durable thanks to a unique rubber printing method. The soft touch finish is one of the most noticeable enhancements to the product, and is a huge step up from that of its predecessor.
A couple other design improvements have to do with the shape of the notebook as a whole. The back hinge has been adjusted so that the screen lies flush with the body when the notebook is closed, rather than having that battery bulging out like it does on the original model. The bottom also curves up into the notebook’s wedge shape in a much more pronounced way than the original. The keyboard, touchpad, and palm rests have all gone to either black, or ash grey, instead of the usual HP silver.
The DM1 is meant for someone who’s light on their feet. If you travel, or are a college student, this may just be what you’re looking for. Another cool feature that will definitely come in handy for those on-the-go users is HP’s ProtectSmart. It’s a built-in accelerometer that detects when the computer is bumped or dropped and immediately stops the hard drive, likely saving many precious files.[gallery columns="4"]
The affordable HP Pavilion dm1 is the ultimate ultraportable, blending performance and mobility in a stylish package, and offering a battery life of up to 11.5 hours.(1)
Building upon HP’s MUSE design philosophy, the dm1 is the first notebook to feature HP Soft-touch Imprint technology, a unique printing process that creates a soft-to-the-touch surface by inlaying graphics into a rubber skin that covers the notebook exterior. The dm1 will be available in either a traditional charcoal gloss finish or a soft-touch ash black finish with a stylized pattern. The ash black design’s velvety finish not only provides a tactile experience, but also collects fewer fingerprints compared to gloss surfaces.
With the addition of HP Beats Audio, a unique, high-performance technology developed by HP and Beats by Dr. DreTM, the Pavilion dm1 offers high-quality entertainment for mobile users.
The dm1 features an 11.6-inch high-definition (HD)(2) LED display, and the built-in HP TrueVision HD(2) webcam captures high-quality images even in low-light conditions.
The compact machine has a range of storage options and also packs power with the latest AMD E-Series Accelerated Processing Units or Intel® 2nd Generation CoreTM processors. AMD models also include AMD Radeon HD(2) discrete-class graphics to enable crisper and more vivid video playback. Thin and light, the dm1 measures less than 1-inch thick in front and weighs 3.52 pounds.(3)
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￼HP Premier Experience delivers a streamlined Windows experience that makes HP Pavilion notebooks cleaner, faster and more intuitive.
Part of the HP Premier Experience, HP Launch Box allows applications to be better organized by grouping them for quick access on the Windows 7 taskbar. A simple mouse-over and click launches an application directly from the taskbar, freeing up screen real estate on the PC’s desktop. Including the dm1, HP Launch Box is available on 70 percent of consumer notebook models.
Additionally, a simplified, organized Windows Start Menu allows users to find applications faster.
With HP Premier Experience, consumer notebooks have quicker boot-up, shutdown, sleep and resume times, allowing users to access their content quickly. The dm1 shows an approximate 29 and 25 percent improvement on shutdown and resume times, respectively. Boot times and sleep times also are improved.
Select models of HP notebooks feature some of the following HP Premier Experience innovations:
— HP CoolSense technology uses advanced hardware and intelligent software to automatically adjust performance and internal fan settings for a noticeably cooler PC. Whether at a desk or on the move, HP CoolSense technology keeps the PC’s surface temperature at an optimum level of comfort.
— HP QuickWeb takes users directly to the web within seconds of powering on, bypassing the full operating system start-up. Users are seconds from chatting with friends on SkypeTM, updating Facebook posts or tweets and viewing their social calendar all in one place.(4)
— HP ProtectSmart features a built-in accelerometer that detects when a PC is bumped or dropped, locking the hard drive into place within milliseconds to help protect important files. The feature’s safeguard modes run without interrupting day-to-day use.
— HP SimplePass provides added online security with a built-in fingerprint reader that auto-populates passwords for online accounts and websites. Valuable account information is locked with a user’s
Elements of the HP Premier Experience are available today on 90 percent of HP’s consumer notebook models.
Pricing and availability(5)
— The HP Pavilion dm1 with AMD processors is expected to be
available in charcoal on Sept. 21 with a starting price of $399.99. The soft-touch ash black model will be available this Fall.
— The HP Pavilion dm1 with Intel processors is expected to be available in charcoal on Oct. 30 with an external optical drive included and a starting price of $599.99. The soft-touch ash black model will be available this Fall.