HP drops price of popular Pavilion DM1 laptop to $399

HP also now offers faster AMD E-series chips in laptop

Hewlett-Packard upgraded the popular Pavilion DM1 laptop and also lowered its price as the company shows that business continues as usual amid efforts to sell or spin off the PC unit.

The DM1 comes with an 11.6-inch screen and is now priced starting at US$399. The DM1, introduced early this year, is one of HP's best-selling laptops and was most recently priced at $449.

The laptop will run on new Advanced Micro Devices E-series chips, which includes the CPU and graphics processor on a single chip. The chip offerings include the dual-core E-300 and E-450 chips, which draw up to 18 watts of power and run at 1.3GHz and 1.65GHz, respectively.

HP will also for the first time offer Intel's low-voltage Core i3 chip, with laptop prices starting at $599, said Kevin Wentzel, technical marketing manager at HP. However, users have to buy an external DVD drive with the Intel-based laptop. Buyers will not immediately have the option to buy the laptop without the drive, though the company may rethink that.

"At this point, this is just the way the product has been structured," Wentzel said.

The laptop otherwise includes minor improvements from its predecessor that make it easier to use. HP has tweaked the taskbar and start menu in Windows 7 to make commonly used programs such as Skype easier to locate. The six-cell battery fits into the laptop's chassis, which is an improvement from a cylindrical battery that jutted out. A six-cell battery gives the laptop a battery life of around 9.5 hours. The laptop weighs 3.53 pounds (1.6 kilograms), which is a bit heavier than its 3.46-pound predecessor.

HP in August said it would exit the PC market as it focuses on the higher-margin enterprise business. HP prefers to spin off the division, and has launched a publicity campaign that pitches it's PC division as a "$40 billion startup." The company has said it will continue to meet its support and warranty obligations on PCs sold.

Join the PC World newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags hardware systemslaptopsHewlett-Packard

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Agam Shah

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?