HP refreshes Pavilion dm1 with Sandy Bridge, Fusion chips

By on September 8, 2011, 5:00 PM

On the heels of unveiling seven freshly minted all-in-one machines yesterday, HP has refreshed yet another computer series, introducing a new Pavilion dm1. The company's latest ultraportable offering will be configurable with Sandy Bridge ULV silicon from Intel and E-Series Fusion products from AMD, including the upcoming 1.65GHz E-450. HP's press release mentions "discrete-class" graphics, though we assume alludes to the Radeon core inside each Fusion APU.

The 11.6-inch machine will still carry a 1366x768 panel, weighs 3.52lbs and measures roughly an inch thick. Aesthetically, the chassis has been slightly reworked and HP will coat the lid in a soft rubber material. The dm1's chiclet keyboard looks par for the course, but it has received an improved touchpad with two mouse buttons instead of its predecessor's single-touch solution. HP has also added its latest Beats Audio engine to drive your favorite speakers.

This update isn't entirely about shipping the dm1 with today's finest hardware, as you can supposedly expect a more streamlined Windows experience thanks to the company's "Premier Experience" software, which includes HP CoolSense, QuickWeb, ProtectSmart, SimplePass and Launch Box. Those technologies improve Windows' boot up, shutdown, sleep and resume times, but HP places the most focus on Launch Box, which augments Windows 7's taskbar.

The dm1 will launch in "charcoal" grey and "ash" black colors. The former style will arrive first with AMD chips, 4GB of Ram and a 320GB hard drive for $400 on September 21 alongside many of the aforementioned all-in-one PCs. A grey version outfitted with Intel's Sandy Bridge platform will ship over a month later on October 30 with a bundled optical drive for $600. Black models powered by either camp are expected to hit shelves sometime later in the fourth quarter.

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Guest said:

has it USB 3.0 ?

Jibberish18 said:

Earth to cheap computer manufacturing companies; please stop giving me small screens surrounded by plastic bezels that are as thick as a penis. Shezuz. The size of some of these computer is great but then they give you a small ugly screen when it could be so much larger to match the rest of the machine. Does anyone else feel this way? Why so much wasted area? It's not as if it's a smart phone that you have to worry about dropping on the floor and the screen cracking. Also, it's not as if these companies use gorilla glass to make the screens.

fpsgamerJR62 said:

What's with all the new PC models ? I thought HP was getting out of the PC business. It doesn't look they're having a fire sale either.

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