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HP Pavilion dm1-4027ea review

Light and small 11.6-inch laptop with big ambitions

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1366 x 768
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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For

  • Light and small
  • Attractive
  • Great speakers
  • Good media playback
  • Nice screen

Against

  • Sluggish performance
  • Short battery life
  • No optical drive
  • Poor benchmark results

The HP Pavilion dm1-4027ea comes at an interesting time for portable PC laptops. Traditional laptops have had a turbulent ride of late, with a number of threats appearing to erode their market.

The first threat - netbooks - has been seen off pretty comprehensively. The diminutive machines offered a smaller, lighter and cheaper alternative, but at the cost of power and features.

In the end netbooks failed to capture the public's imagination, despite the efforts of some great products, such as the Toshiba NB520-10U.

Tablets, however - especially the Apple iPad 2 and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 - haven't had this problem, and have surpassed netbooks to become the laptop's biggest threat. Sales have rocketed so that tablets have succeeded where netbooks failed. Offering slick interfaces, a huge selection of apps and usually attractive and portable designs, tablets are a force to be reckoned with.

Their Achilles' heel at the moment is price. Top range tablets go for around £300-£400. You can get cheaper models, such as the Binatone HomeSurf 705 and ViewSonic ViewPad 7e, but they're not very good.

HP pavilion dm1 4027ea review

A new front has now opened up from the high end of the laptop market, with Intel's ultrabook format. These new laptops are incredibly thin, light and beautifully designed, as well as being powerful. The standout models of ultrabook is the Asus Zenbook UX31 and the Acer Aspire S3.

So where does this competition leave standard laptops in general, and the HP Pavilion dm1-4027ea in particular? Does it do enough to stand out in an already crowded market, and does the audience for that market even exist any more? The HP Pavilion dm1-4027ea starts with a strong foundation, with Hewlett Packard remaining a trusted and respected manufacturer of laptops.

The HP Pavilion dm1-4027ea's stablemate, the HP Pavilion dm1-3100sa, has impressed as an ultra-portable laptop that doesn't make too many sacrifices when it comes to performance. But now the spotlight is firmly on the HP Pavilion dm1-4027ea.

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