HP Pavilion dm1-4027ea review

Light and small 11.6-inch laptop with big ambitions

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HP pavilion dm1 4027ea review

The HP Pavilion dm1-4027ea is certainly a small laptop, with dimensions of just 29.2 x 21.5 x 3.2cm, and a weight of only 1.6kg. This makes it almost as small and portable as the much maligned netbooks but, crucially, it also has enough power to handle most tasks.

Packed onto the small chassis of the laptop are VGA, HDMI and Ethernet ports. There's a combined headphone out/microphone in jack and three USB 2.0 ports. It's a bit disappointing that there are none of the faster USB 3.0 ports included, since these are becoming increasingly common on new laptops.

To keep the computer small, there's no optical drive for reading CDs or DVDs, so you'll have to rip music and video to a USB stick to make the most out of this laptop's media-playing capabilities.

HP pavilion dm1 4027ea review

HP bills the HP Pavilion dm1-4027ea as an "Entertainment Notebook PC". This conjures up expectations of a machine that's capable of handling media with ease, and maybe even a few casual games. Where the HP Pavilion dm1-3100sa was let down with its handling of high-definition content, we expect the HP Pavilion dm1-4027ea to have no such trouble.

On paper, things don't look too bad. The HP Pavilion dm1-4027ea uses an AMD Radeon HD 6320M integrated graphics card. It comes with some automatic overclocking tools to give it a bit of a needed boost, and with DirectX11 support, it can handle low- to mid-range games.

Graphically demanding newer games are definitely a no-no, though. This is because while the AMD Radeon HD 6320M inside the HP Pavilion dm1-4027ea can theoretically use up to 1.92GB of memory for graphics, it doesn't actually have dedicated graphics memory, so it needs to share memory with the rest of the PC.

HP pavilion dm1 4027ea review

This means if you're running a few graphic-intensive programs, along with other applications that need memory, the strain is going to show. The 11.6-inch screen has a resolution of 1366 x 768, which is fine for high-definition movies.

Although there's a lack of dedicated graphics memory, HP has been very generous by including 4GB of DDR3 RAM with the HP Pavilion dm1-4027ea. This is more than enough for most applications, and it's nice to see that HP hasn't hobbled the HP Pavilion dm1-4027ea by cutting the RAM to 2GB to lower costs.

Processor-wise, the HP Pavilion dm1-4027ea comes with a 1.65 GHz AMD Dual-Core E-450. This processor has been specially designed by AMD to work in laptops, with lower power consumption that leads to greater battery life and saves the components inside the HP Pavilion dm1-4027ea's small body from overheating.

While it's no competition for the Intel Core i5 and i7 processors found in higher-end (and much more expensive) laptops, this dual core processor is meaty enough for a lot of tasks, and pleasingly powerful, considering the size of the laptop.

Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Hard Drive Capacity320 GB
Processor ManufacturerAMD
Graphics Controller ManufacturerAMD
Graphics Controller ModelRadeon HD 6320M
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
WebcamYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyPavilion dm1-4000
Operating System Architecture32-bit
Processor ModelE-450
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Brand NameHP
Processor Speed1.65 GHz
Processor TypeE-Series
Screen Size29.5 cm (11.6")
Number of Cells6-cell
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory4 GB
Weight (Approximate)1.60 kg
Cache1 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
64-bit ProcessingYes
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 1.92 GB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Display Screen TechnologyBrightView
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports3
Height32 mm
Width292 mm
Depth215 mm
Screen ModeHD
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product Seriesdm1-4000
ManufacturerHewlett-Packard
Product Modeldm1-4027ea
Product NamePavilion dm1-4027ea Entertainment Notebook PC
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Product LinePavilion
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberA2D12EA
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.hp.com/uk
Marketing InformationFinally, a PC that's as cool as you are. Get a full PC experience in a lightweight package that goes wherever you go. Just be prepared for all the attention you'll get.

Features

Featuring Windows 7 Home Premium and/or other operating systems

A more awesome Internet

HP PCs feature Windows Internet Explorer for a better browsing experience.

Beats Audio

  • In an exclusive partnership with Beats, HP has engineered an audio system that unlocks all the sounds that musicians and producers have perfected in the studio.
Maximum Memory6 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • Pavilion dm1-4027ea Entertainment Notebook PC
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter