HP Pavilion dm4-1050ea review

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

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HP pavilion dm4 1050ea

The HP Pavilion dm4 is a mid-range laptop that just squeezes into the ultraportable category, weighing a shade under 2kg. HP has packed a lot of features and a Core i5 processor into the compact chassis, and finished it off with a premium metallic design.

We liked

The HP Pavilion dm4 is a solidly built laptop, which can easily withstand some punishment on the road. The slim and light chassis is great for regular commutes, while the 335 minutes of battery life mean you can leave the charger at home.

A sharp and colourful 14-inch display is in place, great for browsing your photo collection or lengthy work sessions. HP has been generous with its features too, including plenty of ports on the Pavilion dm4 and a fingerprint scanner for added security.

Performance is also strong, with plenty of power for multitasking. We witnessed little slowdown even when several memory-intensive applications were open at once.

We disliked

Although the Core i5 processor is a strong performer, the lack of a dedicated graphics card means multimedia performance is limited. The Pavilion dm4 is capable of basic tasks such as photo editing and playing simple games, but video editing and other complex tasks are beyond this laptop's capabilities.

More serious is the flawed touchpad, which features infuriating integrated buttons. Resting your thumb on the buttons makes the cursor go crazy, as does clicking them at times, leading to incorrect menu selections.


The HP Pavilion dm4 is very nearly a solid all-rounder, and a laptop that we'd heartily recommend. Unfortunately, that ropey touchpad regularly ruined our mood, and conjured forth a stream of expletives.

Still, there's plenty to like, from the slim and light form to the excellent Core i5 performance, and few other flaws. If you can try out the Pavilion dm4 in a store then we'd recommend you do so, to see if you can tolerate the touchpad.

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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