HP Pavilion dm1: A Netbook You Can Actually Use

By jumping ship to AMD Fusion guts for their Pavilion dm1 laptop, HP is in the vanguard of manufacturers turning out netbook-sized PCs with full notebook performance. That means 1080p video and DirectX 11 graphics on an 11.6-inch machine.

The dm1 measures less than an inch thick and claims nearly ten hours of battery life—both traits you'd expect of a typical netbook. But unlike its Atom-powered brethren, it can actually churn through streaming 1080p content without a hitch. It supports up to 8GB RAM and ships with a 320GB HD. Also standard on the dm1 3 USB 2.0, 1VGA, and 1 HDMI port. And a certain thrill at knowing you'd actually be able to use HDMI.

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Let's not get too carried away; the dm1 still feels oddly heavy despite its listed 3.5 pound weight, and the processor speed is still just 1.6GHz. But the graphics capabilities alone are a promising sign of what's to come for ultraportable, Fusion-powered devices.

Across the rest of its laptop line, HP upgraded its HP Envy 17 and Pavilion models to second-generation Intel Core processors. The Envy also gained HP's proprietary CoolSense cooling technology, while Pavilion desktop PCs add bass-thumping Beats Audio speakers.

The Pavilion dm1 will be available in the US January 9th for $450, with the updated Pavilion notebooks available the same day starting at $900 for the dv6. And the Envy 17 update? "Soon."

HP Infuses New Consumer PCs with Latest Technologies, Including Advanced Cooling and Beats Audio
LAS VEGAS, Jan. 4, 2011 – HP today announced new notebook and desktop PCs that provide exceptional experiences to consumers by offering ground-breaking technologies such as HP CoolSense Technology and Beats AudioTM.
- For mobile computing, HP combines the performance of a notebook with the mobility of a netbook in the sleek HP Pavilion dm1.
- The powerful HP ENVY 17 line features advanced cooling technology and the latest graphics as well as free gaming software on the HP ENVY 17 3D model.
- The HP Pavilion desktop and notebook PC lines provide superb performance with future second-generation Intel® CoreTM processors and AMD Radeon graphics technology. Select HP Pavilion desktops also feature Beats Audio, a unique, high-performance technology developed by HP and Beats by Dr. DreTM.
- The latest version of HP TouchSmart software will be available via a free download to previous-generation HP TouchSmart PCs owners.
- The HP Mini 210 line includes two new fashionable plaid designs available with matching accessories, including sleeves and mice.
HP Pavilion dm1
Ideal for the mobile user, the thin and light HP Pavilion dm1 delivers notebook performance in a compact, stylish design.
Measuring less than 1-inch thin with an 11.6-inch diagonal high-definition (HD)(1) BrightView display, the HP Pavilion dm1 features HP CoolSense Technology, which combines advanced hardware and intelligent cooling software for a notebook that feels noticeably cooler. The technology automatically adjusts cooling levels according to a customer's personal preferences.
For a smooth 1080p, full HD viewing experience, the HP Pavilion dm1 includes the latest VISION Technology from AMD – powered by an AMD Fusion Accelerated Processing Unit, which integrates a Microsoft® DirectX 11 capable graphics processing unit into the main processor.(1)
With up to 10.75 hours of battery life,(2) the HP Pavilion dm1 includes a full-size,
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island-style keyboard for typing comfort and Dolby Advanced Audio for optimal playback of movies, music and games.
The HP Pavilion dm1 offers up to 750 gigabytes (GB)(3) of storage for photos, music and video, optional GPS for mapping and navigation,(4) and an optional external Blu-ray disc player.(5)
HP ENVY 17
The powerful HP ENVY 17, first introduced in May, now features HP CoolSense Technology, making it the first high-performance HP PC with advanced cooling technology.
AMD switchable graphics technology dynamically alternates between integrated graphics and AMD Radeon HD 6850M discrete graphics for enhanced performance and battery life.(2) Coupled with future second-generation Intel Core processors, the HP ENVY 17 is the ultimate multimedia machine, sharing content wirelessly from the notebook PC to TVs and other screens using Intel Wireless Display technology.
The HP ENVY 17 features Beats Audio and an HP Triple Bass Reflex Subwoofer for superb sound, a stunning, 17.3-inch diagonal, HD BrightView display,(1) and up to 2 terabytes of storage capacity.
Future models of the HP ENVY 17 3D(6) are expected to include DDD's TriDef 3D Experience Ignition Game Player, allowing users to experience immersive 3-D stereoscopic gaming at no additional cost.
HP brings increased power and Beats Audio to Pavilion lines
Future second-generation Intel Core processors and AMD Radeon graphics technology will be included on the HP Pavilion dv6 and dv7 notebook PCs and the HP Pavilion p6700, Slimline s5700 and Elite HPE-500 series desktop PCs. Select models of the HP Pavilion, Slimline and Elite HPE-series desktop PCs also will include HP's Multi-Display Capable technology. This new feature allows users to expand programs, run several applications or enjoy a more intense gaming experience on side-by-side monitors.
The new HP Pavilion desktop PCs also will feature Beats Audio, which was created by Beats by Dr. Dre co-founders Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine to restore the emotion that is missing from digital music. Working in collaboration with HP, Iovine and Dr. Dre tuned and applied the signature Beats sound profile across HP's premium notebook and desktop lines to provide the optimal sound experience – the way the artist intended it – when playing music or audio through headphones or external speakers.
This year, most HP consumer desktops, laptops and minis are expected to ship with free 60-day Norton Internet Security(7) protection. New features include integrated parental controls and performance alerts that indicate when an application is slowing down the PC, so changes can be made to improve performance.
Latest TouchSmart software available for previous-generation TouchSmart PCs
Introduced in September 2010, the latest version of HP TouchSmart software transforms the desktop into a personal canvas featuring multilayered wallpapers
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and a new ―Carousel‖ design that allows users to easily locate applications and content – all with the touch of a finger. In addition to applications from Twitter, Hulu, Netflix, RecipeBox and the HP Music Store powered by Rhapsody, the software features a built-for-touch Facebook application and direct access to the HP TouchSmart Apps Center. The TouchSmart Apps Center enriches the user experience by providing access to additional applications and games including Cartoon Network's Paint Blast and Numbers Play that everyone in the family can enjoy.
Consumers who own a TouchSmart 300 or TouchSmart 600 can upgrade to the latest version of the TouchSmart software via a free download in the ―Support and Drivers‖ section on www.hp.com.
HP Mini 210
The expanded HP Mini 210 line includes two stylish plaid designs – iceberry and raspberry.
Powered by an Intel Atom processor, the affordable companion PC is less than 1- inch thin, comes standard with an inline six-cell battery and provides up to 10.75 hours of battery life.(2) It features a fashionable design and sleek HP Imprint finish also available in charcoal, lavender frost, luminous rose and ocean drive.
HP offers matching accessories for the plaid minis, such as durable nylon HP Mini Clutch sleeves with a luxurious faux fur lining and external pocket. Matching mice include advanced 2.4-GHz wireless technology for less interference and a longer range of operation. Prices for the accessories start at $24.99 and $29.99, respectively.(8)
Pricing and availability(8)
- The HP Pavilion dm1 is expected to be available on Jan. 9 in the United States with a starting price of $449.99.
- The updated HP ENVY 17 is expected to be available soon with pricing to be determined. Additional information about the HP ENVY 17 is available at www.hp.com/go/ENVY.
- The HP Pavilion dv6 and dv7 are expected to be available on Jan. 9 in the United States with starting prices of $899.99 and $999.99, respectively.
- The HP Pavilion p6700, Pavilion Slimline s5700 and HPE-500 series desktop PCs are expected to be available on Jan. 9 in the United States, starting at $299.99, $329.99 and $599.99, respectively.
- The latest version of HP TouchSmart software is expected to be available for download starting Jan. 9.
- The HP Mini 210 in iceberry is expected to be available on Jan. 9 in the United States with a starting price of $349.99. The HP Mini 210 in raspberry will be offered exclusively at Best Buy and is expected to be available on Jan. 23 with a starting price of $329.99.
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Additional information is available at www.hp.com/personal.