HP Pavilion dm1-4027ea review

Light and small 11.6-inch laptop with big ambitions

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HP pavilion dm1 4027ea review

TechRadar Labs

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3D Mark: 2,602
Cinebench: 1,433
Battery eater: 2 hours 59 mins 26 seconds

As with many laptops around this price range, the HP Pavilion dm1-4027ea's performance really depends on what you're using it for. Day-to-day computing on this laptop, such as writing on a word processor or browsing the web, is accomplished with little fuss, although there is a faint lag when starting up programs. We found that a bit of patience is required when selecting options or launching applications, with pauses of a few seconds sometimes.

Even with 4GB of RAM, multitasking can slow down quite a bit, especially if you're browsing the internet while running a number of graphic-heavy programs at the same time, such as watching a movie or video editing.

The 320GB hard drive offers plenty of space but has a speed of just 5,400rpm (revolutions per minute). The faster a hard drive can spin, the faster the computer can open, move and edit files stored on the disk. With faster drives out there achieving 7,200rpm and even 10,000rpm, it does feel like the drive is a bit of a weak link.

The trade-off with a slower hard drive, however, is lower overall cost and a longer battery life.

HP pavilion dm1 4027ea review

Graphics performance was OK, but nothing spectacular, with a 3D Mark score of 2,602, which is on the low end even for laptops, and lower than the HP Pavilion dm1-3100sa's score. The Cinebench score of 1,433 using multiple cores was better, but still less than the HP Pavilion dm1-3100sa's score of 1,985.

Despite the lacklustre benchmarks, our real world tests were more positive. Media playback itself was good, with no stuttering on standard-definition movie files.

The 11.6-inch screen displayed colours well and animations in particular looked great. The 1366 x 768 resolution actually benefitted full HD movies files, since the 1080p source was nicely downscaled to run on the smaller resolution, resulting in a sharp image. High-definition movies also play very well, with just a hint of screen tear, but no noticeable stuttering.

HP pavilion dm1 4027ea review

Much has been made of the HP Pavilion dm1-4027ea's sound capabilities, with the inclusion of Beats Audio technology, exclusive to HP laptops. The built-in speakers sound great - definitely the best we've heard in a laptop from this price range. Audio is clear, with plenty of depth and none of the tinny qualities that often plague laptop speakers.

Battery life was a pretty standard three hours of intensive computing. That's not awful, but we've seen laptops - such as the Acer Timeline X - with much longer battery lives.

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