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HP Pavilion dm3 (Video, Specs and Photos)

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The HP Pavilion dm3 is a great looking notebook PC that starts at just $529. Its premium metallic finish makes it stand out from the crowd of notebooks with plastic finishes and I’m sure this will be a hot seller this holiday season.

The dm3 is a thin and light notebook with a 13′ display. It weighs in at just over four pounds, making it light enough to carry around all day long. It utilizes mild processors that are relatively affordable and that increase battery life.

I got to spend some time with the dm3 a couple of weeks ago at a pre-launch event and was very impressed with its industrial design.  The The Pavilion dm3 has a much more refined feel than the Pavilion dv2 and other plastic notebooks. Given a choice, I think most consumers would choose the dm3′s design rather than a notebook with a plastic lid and palm rest.

The dm3 has a plastic bottom, which helps keeps costs down. If you want an all-metal enclosure you should check out the HP Envy 13.

The HP Pavilion dm3t is now available at HP.com for $599 with Intel technology. The dm3z features AMD technology and starts at just $529.99 at HP.com.

Video of the HP Pavilion dm3

HP Pavilion dm3 Specifications

HP Pavilion dm3 Side View

If you’re in the market for a reasonably priced portable notebook, you may want to check this one out. The HP dm3 is a well-equipped mobile machine that’s designed to provide top performance while you’re on the go.

The Pavilion dm3 is very customizable and can be configured with up to 4GB of memory, a hard drive maxing out at 500GB, an Intel Core 2 Duo or an AMD Neo Dual Core processor, and an optional external optical drive. The machine ships with Windows 7 Home Premium installed starting October 22.

The AMD-based Pavilion dm3 starts at $549. The Intel-based Pavilion dm3 starts at $649.

The notebook is equipped with a glossy 13.3-inch screen with a high resolution of 1366 by 768 pixels. The computer also comes with a standard 6-cell battery which can provide up to 10 hours of power, depending on your hardware configuration.

Operating System Windows 7 Home Premium
Processor Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Neo Dual Core processor
Memory/RAM Up to 4GB
Display 13.3″  HD BrightView LED Screen (1366 x 768 resolution)
Graphics Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD
Hard Drive Up to 500 GB
Optical Drive None; External optical drives in standard and Blu-Ray variety may be purchased separately
Battery Standard 6 Cell Battery (Up to 10 hours of battery life)
Wireless Atheros Wireless LAN (802.11b/g)
Bluetooth Optional
Audio Stereo speakers, microphone jack, headphone jack
Expansion Slots Express Card Slot
Ports 4x USB 2,0, 5-in-1 Card reader, HDMI
Price Starts at $599
Software MS Office 60-day trial, Ulead DVD MovieFactory 5, MS Works 9.0
Weight 4.2 pounds
Warranty Standard 1-Yr Parts and Labor, 1-Year Battery

HP Pavilion dm3 Front

HP Pavilion dm3 Front View

The Pavilion dm3′s 13.3″ display is wrapped in a glossy black bezel. The microphone and webcam are embedded at the top.

HP Pavilion dm3 Side View 2

HP Pavilion dm3 Display Lid

HP Pavilion dm3 Side View with Back

The top of the dm3 is made of brushed aluminum and has slightly rounded corners and beveled edges.

HP Pavilion dm3 Back Closed

HP Pavilion dm3 Front View Closed

HP Pavilion dm3 Ports

HP Pavilion dm3 Left Side View

The left side of the Pavilion dm3 has a power port, Ethernet port, VGA port, HDMI port, two USB ports, multi-format memory card reaer, headphone jack and mic jack.

HP Pavilion dm3 Right Side View

The right side of the Pavilion dm3 has a power switch, wireless on/off switch, two more USB ports and a kensington lock slot.

HP Pavilion dm3 Press Release

17 Comments

  1. jose miranda

    November 6, 2009 at 2:55 am

    Acabo de comprar este computador y es genial! me encanta que la cubierta no sea de plastico. Al principio me complico que no tuviera lector o grabador de DVD pero despues me di cuenta que ni siquiera es util actualmente ya que todo lo puedes llevar en tu pendrive o disco duro externo. Funciona super rapido. Compralo! todos te envidiaran!

  2. jose miranda

    November 6, 2009 at 2:55 am

    Acabo de comprar este computador y es genial! me encanta que la cubierta no sea de plastico. Al principio me complico que no tuviera lector o grabador de DVD pero despues me di cuenta que ni siquiera es util actualmente ya que todo lo puedes llevar en tu pendrive o disco duro externo. Funciona super rapido. Compralo! todos te envidiaran!

  3. jose miranda

    November 5, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    Acabo de comprar este computador y es genial! me encanta que la cubierta no sea de plastico. Al principio me complico que no tuviera lector o grabador de DVD pero despues me di cuenta que ni siquiera es util actualmente ya que todo lo puedes llevar en tu pendrive o disco duro externo. Funciona super rapido. Compralo! todos te envidiaran!

  4. Posh

    January 5, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    HOLA JOSE, TENGO UNA DUDA YO ACABO DE COMPRAR UNA HP PAVILION DM3-1048LA Y HE TENIDO PROBLEMAS, SE PODRIA DECIR, CON LA RESOLUCIÓN DE LA PANTALLA.
    A VECES SE ATENUA Y LUEGO ME PASA QUE EN TODA LA PANTALLA PARECIERA COMO SI SE DISTORSIONARAN LOS COLORES, LAS LETRAS Y ASI.. EN DONDE MAS SE NOTA ES EN LAS FOTOS QUE SE MIRA COMO SI ESTUVIERAN ANARANJADAS LAS PERSONAS O SIN CEJAS.. YA LLAME AL CALL CENTER DE HP Y SUPUESTAMENTE YA ESTABA PERO SIGUE EL PROBLEMA NO SE SI ES MI COMPU O SI ES FALLA DEL MODELO.. SI PODRIAS CONTESTARME SERIA MUY UTIL. GRACIAS!!

  5. marcosibilia

    February 3, 2010 at 8:36 am

    Hola Jose.
    puedo preguntarte cuando lo compraste y cuanto fue el precio (desculpa espanol terrible..)

  6. Juan

    February 11, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    Hola Posh, a mi me pasaba lo mismo pero lo que tienes que moverle es que no maneje automaticamente el desempenio de graficos sino que siempre se mantenga optimo y listo! ese error me sucedia cuando trabajaba sin corriente alterna, se supone que te cambia los graficos para ahorro de bateria pero con el demonial de tiempo que dura esta pila ni se nota el cambio

  7. maximas45

    March 12, 2010 at 7:02 am

    I can only get 3 hours 10 minutes battery life on my DM3. I think HP need to get real with these claims. Even when no background programs are running the battery just drains!
    Up to 10 hours is an absolute spoof! It wouldn't even last this long on stand by with the LED lights falshing!
    In saying this, the laptop is really neat and compact. The keyboard is great and the metallic casing looks very smart. I just wish HP and other computer companies would be honest and realistic with these claims about their battery life!

  8. maximas45

    March 12, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    I can only get 3 hours 10 minutes battery life on my DM3. I think HP need to get real with these claims. Even when no background programs are running the battery just drains!
    Up to 10 hours is an absolute spoof! It wouldn't even last this long on stand by with the LED lights falshing!
    In saying this, the laptop is really neat and compact. The keyboard is great and the metallic casing looks very smart. I just wish HP and other computer companies would be honest and realistic with these claims about their battery life!

  9. madelinebennet

    April 9, 2010 at 4:06 am

    Metallic finish gives it more style, i liked the video it reviewed it from all the angles, and even shoes the necessary features of this laptop. It is really compact and i will look forward that this will be my next laptop.
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  10. Daniel

    April 23, 2010 at 7:57 am

    Actually, for the dm3-1132TX we test, we could get around 6-7 hours of battery life.

    You can check out the review here :
    http://www.netroworkz.com/?p=93

    You might want to send it in to HP for checking.

  11. Mihawk09

    June 10, 2010 at 9:37 am

  12. sienasimmons

    June 29, 2010 at 11:06 am

    This is very nice and incredible article you have created over here. I like to use HP gadgets very much as it is more reliable company.
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  13. Jamie

    July 31, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    I've now been running it on battery for 6 hours and have 37% battery life left?

  14. sony vaio battery

    September 30, 2010 at 9:50 am

    i got the dm3 for about 8 months so far, everything works great except the battery. Now the battery can last for under 2 hours only and i think need to get a replacement soon….comparing with my ex-lapto: Sony VAIO 180, which is much more durable and the battery still lasts for about 2hours after 3 years usage.

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