HP Pavilion dm4-1050ea review

A powerful and well-built ultraportable laptop with an unfortunate usability flaw

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In 2009 Intel released its new Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7 processors, with the Core i3 providing impressive levels of power at a budget price, and the Core i7 proving to be the most powerful home-use processor you could buy.

An Intel Core i5 processor is the brains of the Pavilion dm4, and performance sits right between the Core i3 and the Core i7. We found the Pavilion dm4 provided the same level of power as the Asus K52JC, which costs £730 inc. VAT, and the Medion Akoya, costing £589 inc. VAT.

Office tasks are despatched with ease, and you can comfortably multi-task with a variety of intensive applications. We witnessed very little slowdown even with several programs such as Microsoft Office and Photoshop Elements open at once.

HP pavilion dm4 1050ea

Unfortunately, the Pavilion dm4 only features the integrated graphics provided by the processor. The lack of a dedicated graphics card means that multimedia performance is limited, so you won't be able to play any of the latest games or run video editing suites.

That said, the new Core processors compare favourably with other processors when it comes to integrated graphics. Older games and simple web-based games run fine on the Pavilion dm4, and you can even watch HD video.

Battery life exceeded our expectations, with the Pavilion dm4 lasting 335 minutes between charges. This is well above average for a Core i5 laptop, most of which manage just under four hours.

The only notable exception we've seen lately is the Acer Aspire TimelineX 4820TG, which survived for 661 minutes.


Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Green CompliantYes
Hard Drive Capacity320 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ModelHD Graphics
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
Finger Print ReaderYes
Solid State Drive CapacityNo
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyPavilion dm4-1000
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Processor Modeli5-430M
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Brand NameHP
Processor Speed2.26 GHz
Processor TypeCore i5
Screen Size35.6 cm (14")
Number of Cells6-cell
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory3 GB
Cache3 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE, EPEAT, ENERGY STAR, REACH
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelHM55 Express
Number of Total Memory Slots2
Optical Media SupportedDVD-RAM/±R/±RW
Dual-Layer Media SupportedYes
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 1.24 GB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Display Screen TechnologyBrightView
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11n
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Height32.2 mm
Width340.8 mm
Depth228 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product Seriesdm4-1000
Product Modeldm4-1050ea
Product NamePavilion dm4-1050ea Entertainment Notebook
Pointing Device TypeClickPad
Product LinePavilion
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberWQ063EA#ABU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.hp.com/uk
Marketing Information

With its lightweight but durable metal chassis plus thin and light design, the HP Pavilion dm4 is perfect for road warriors who travel in style. Enjoy powerful performance, energy-saving features, wireless connectivity and a 35.56 cm (14") HD screen.

Maximum Memory8 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • Pavilion dm4-1050ea Entertainment Notebook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
  • Limited Warranty1 Year