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.
Video of the HP Pavilion dm3
HP Pavilion dm3 Specifications
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)|
|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|
|Warranty||Standard 1-Yr Parts and Labor, 1-Year Battery|
HP Pavilion dm3 Front
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 Display Lid
The top of the dm3 is made of brushed aluminum and has slightly rounded corners and beveled edges.
HP Pavilion dm3 Ports
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.
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