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HP Pavilion dm1-4027ea review

Light and small 11.6-inch laptop with big ambitions

HP pavilion dm1 4027ea review

The HP Pavilion dm1-4027ea is a strange beast of a laptop indeed. On the one hand it can feel rather lacklustre and underpowered when doing unexceptional tasks. Windows 7 Home Premium can feel sluggish at times, and with a number of windows left open on the desktop, things can get pretty slow.

In this regard, the HP Pavilion dm1-4027ea can't compete with a higher-end, more powerful laptop, or even a tablet that's less powerful but has an operating system and apps that use the limited resources well enough to ensure a smooth user experience.

However, there's no denying that when it comes to media playback - an important consideration due to HP's labelling of the Pavilion dm1-4027ea as an entertainment-focused machine - this laptop actually performs very well. Movie content - both standard and high-definition - plays very well, and the built-in speakers provide audio that is well above average for a laptop.

The lack of an optical drive does limit its media playback options quite a bit, however, but if your media collection has gone fully digital, then this won't be such a problem.

The small size and light weight is also a big factor, and this is certainly a more portable laptop than most.

If you're after a light media-playing laptop then this is a good choice. For anything more demanding, look elsewhere.

We liked

Media playback is a big winner with the HP Pavilion dm1-4027ea. A lovely screen coupled with enough graphical power to run movies smoothly (bar the odd screen tear) makes this laptop a pleasure to watch movies on.

The battery life will just about make it through an entire film.

Better still is the audio quality of the built-in speakers, which really does sound great, and saves you the extra expense of buying separate laptop speakers such as the Logitech Laptop Speaker Z305.

The small size of the laptop is also a boon, making it easy to carry around wherever you go, with a slim and attractive design.

Even with the smaller keyboard, typing is comfortable.

We disliked

Outside of media playback, performance is pretty mediocre, with relatively impressive stats on paper not making a great impact in use.

The biggest culprit here is the 4GB of DDR3 RAM, which should give the HP Pavilion dm1-4027ea some punch, but actually still leaves the laptop struggling when there is too much going on at once.

Final verdict

If you want a light laptop for watching movies on, the HP Pavilion dm1-4027ea does what you want it to do. However, if you want to use it to work on, editing digital photos or anything more strenuous, then you're going to be disappointed.

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