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HP DM1 E-450 Review

Earlier this October (2011), HP silently upgraded its DM1 / DM1z notebook from AMD E-350 to AMD E-450. The processor jump is pretty significant even though TDP (think power consumption) has remained the same (18 watts). Here is the review of the updated model.

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The HP DM1 with AMD E-450 APU processor gives you performance of a decent notebook that lets you do your everyday computing easily and effectively in a netbook form factor. HP went for the 11.6 inch size as that allowed them to squeeze in full size laptop keyboard for comfortable typing (unlike Emachines EM355 that has a pretty small keyboard). Materials being used are also of significantly higher quality than an average 200-300 dollar netbook like Asus X101. Screen is glossy and quality is at par with netbooks which is not a bad thing. It looks pretty good and is fine for showing off your latest holiday pictures.

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Here is the windows experience index:

Processor: 3.9
Memory: 5.9
Graphics: 4.6
Gaming graphics: 5.9
Primary hard disk: 5.9

In crystal mark, the scores were – ALU 12598, FPU 9964, MEM 8723, HDD 10628 (29795), GDI 4725, D2D 2385 and OGL 10916

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It was able to play full 1080p YouTube video without any frame drop, thanks to the powerful ATi Radeon HD 6320 GPU that will even let you play some games at low settings. Keyboard, as said earlier is not bad and is perfect for typing novels (or long documents), if that is what you are planning to do. Key pitch is about 19mm which is at par with any medium size notebook.

Check out the updated version of it – HP DM1z AMD E1 1200, E2 1800

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Upgrading the hard disk should be easy. Just take the back panel off. After that, you will be able to gain access to the RAM and hard disk. There are two RAM slots in DM1.

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HP DM1 comes with a 6 cell battery and according to HP, it should give you 9.5 hours of continuous runtime. However, in real life, you will be lucky to even touch the 5 hour mark. [via pcwatch] (Japanese)

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