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Consumers and students looking for a
budget laptop don’t want the notebook
to look, well, like a budget laptop. the
HP Pavilion dm4t fits the bill: Its aluminum body,
island-style keyboard, and fingerprint reader have
all the hallmarks of HP’s premium laptops, but the
dm4t starts at just $579.
similar in style to the higher-priced dv6 and
dv7, the Pavilion dm4t has a brushed-aluminum
lid and deck with a dark umber finish that’s classy
and keeps fingerprints away. Accents of shiny metal
grace the hinges and power button, adding just
enough flair to this understated notebook.
HP updated its Coolsense technology to make
the software easier for consumers to use. now
there are just three settings: on, off, and Auto.
When the feature is turned on, the notebook will
regulate the fan and processor to make sure the
notebook stays cool.
After we streamed a Hulu
video at full screen for 15
minutes, the touchpad was
a cool 80 degrees, the space
between the G and H keys
was 83, and the middle of the
underside was 82 degrees.
the hottest point, by the vent,
reached 95 degrees.
Like most other HP note-
books, the dm4t has an
island-style keyboard that’s very comfortable to
use. While the keys are spaced a bit too far apart,
they offered excellent travel and have a soft-touch
finish that’s comfortable for extended typing.
the dm4t’s 14-inch glossy screen has a
standard resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels, and we
found it to be plenty bright
and crisp, whether we were
watching Hulu videos or
playing games. the red of
the Dillon Lions uniforms
popped during an episode
of Friday Night Lights.
It may not boast beats
Audio, but the dm4t has
nothing to be ashamed about.
Its Altec Lansing speakers
provided enough oomph to
fill a small room. While bass
was limited, the harmonies
in Alicia keys’ “Doesn’t Mean
Anything” really soared.
equipped with a 2.1 -GHz
Intel Core i3-2310M processor and 4Gb of RAM,
the dm4t won’t beat any
performance records, but
it has more than enough
power for everyday tasks. In
PCMark Vantage, the system
scored 5,124, which is about
500 points below the thin-
sporting integrated Intel
HD 3000 graphics, the dm4t
notched a score of 3,466 in
3DMark06, about 400 points
below average (4,007). With World of Warcraft set
to the recommended graphics settings (Good), the
dm4tmanaged only27 frames per second atits native
resolution. that’s well below the category average
(87 fps) as well as the IdeaPad Z370 (45 fps).
there’s no beating the dm4t’s endurance. Its
battery life of 7:02 is nearly
two hours longer than the
thin-and-light laptop average
and even one hour longer than
the ultraportable average. by
comparison, the samsung
sF310 lasted 5:24, and the
IdeaPad Z370 endured for a
beyond the hard drive and
RAM, HP doesn’t offer too much
in the way of options when it
comes to modifying the dm4t.
the company’s recommended
configuration costs $794
and includes the same
Core i3 processor, but
increases the 4Gb of
High-Class, Low Price
an aluminum body, fingerprint reader, and all-day battery life make
the hP Pavilion dm4t an excellent laptop at an affordable price.
CPU: 2.1-GHz Intel Core i3-2310M Operating
System: Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
RaM/Expandable to: 4Gb/8Gb hard drive
Size/Speed: 640Gb/5,400 rpm Optical drive:
DVD±RW/R DL display Size/Resolution: 14
inches/1366 x 768 graphics/Video Memory:
Intel Integrated HD 3000/384Mb shared Wire-
less: 802.11b/g/n Ports: three Usb 2.0 , HDMI,
VGA, ethernet, headphone, mic Card Slots:
5-in-1 memory card reader Size: 13.4 x 9 x 1.3
inches Weight: 4 .4 po un d s Warranty/Support:
one-year limited/24/7 toll-free phone
stylish, durable aluminum chassis
Good audio quality
Long battery life
simplified Coolsense technology
Limited configuration options
LAPtoP battery test
LAPtoP transfer test
boot time (min:sec)*
(autodetect/max) 27/14 fps 87/31 fps
* Lower is better
RAM on our configuration to 6Gb.
We like that the dm4t includes a fingerprint
reader, a feature typically found only on busi-
ness notebooks. Using the HP simplePass utility,
we registered our finger to limit access to the
notebook in seconds.
shoppers looking for a stylish, long-lasting
laptop for everyday use will enjoy the HP Pavilion
dm4t. For $579, you get a 14-inch screen with
good audio and 7 hours of battery life. While this
system lacks in graphics power, those looking for
a portable notebook for web surfing, e -mail, social
networking, and productivity will find the dm4t an
— M ichael A. Prospero
Laptop | october 2011
thanks to HP’s simplePass, it was
easy to log into the dm4t and
websites with our finger.
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