HP Pavilion dm1: Hands on with integrated 4G LTE

Summary:The HP Pavilion dm1 is now available with integrated 4G LTE from Verizon Wireless. I have taken it for a test drive and find it to be a solid notebook for travelers.

HP has straddled the netbook/laptop fence with the Pavilion dm1, a 11.6-inch laptop that is powered by AMD. The size makes it as portable as a netbook, and the AMD processor keeps things humming nicely. Verizon is now offering the dm1 with integrated 4G LTE, and sent one over for me to test. Once I got past the out of box nightmare experience, the dm1 has proven to be a solid laptop.


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Verizon lists the Pavilion dm1 as a netbook on its site, but the specs indicate a "real" laptop is inside the case.

Specs:

  • CPU: AMD Dual-core E-350, 1.6 GHz
  • Display: 11.6-inch, 1366x768
  • Memory: 2GB
  • Storage: 320GB @ 7,200 rpm
  • OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
  • Battery: 6-cell (9.5 hour quoted)
  • Network: Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n); 3G (EVDO); 4G LTE
  • Dimensions:11.42 x 8.43 x 0.8-1.2 inches; 3.52 pounds
  • Price: $599 with two year contract ($769 without contract)

The dm1 is very portable and I find it a joy to use. The unit doesn't get hot and I am seeing about 6 hours of battery life in the real world, even with the AMD processor. The trackpad is a buttonless design that works very well.

I have been using the Pavilion dm1 for two days and it has been a solid performer. The Verizon 4G LTE network has been fast as expected, and I have used it exclusively for this test. I have not connected via Wi-Fi even once, it has been all 4G through the included Verizon Access Manager. The network is so fast that is is undetectable from a "real" high-speed Wi-Fi connection.

Personally I don't find laptops with integrated 4G to be the best way to go. I prefer using a wireless hotspot like my Samsung 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot or the Novatel MiFi on Verizon, as that lets me share the connection with up to 5 devices. Having 4G embedded in the notebook is convenient, but restricts the connection to just the one device without extra effort. If you are a frequent traveler who only carries a laptop on trips, the dm1 with integrated 4G may be a good fit. Laptops use data more heavily than other mobile devices, so I would get at least a 5GB/ month plan if not bigger to avoid the risk of overage charges.

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Topics: Hardware, Hewlett-Packard, Mobility

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James Kendrick has been using mobile devices since they weighed 30 pounds, and has been sharing his insights on mobile technology for almost that long. Prior to joining ZDNet, James was the Founding Editor of jkOnTheRun, a CNET Top 100 Tech Blog that was acquired by GigaOM in 2008 and is now part of that prestigious tech network. James' w... Full Bio

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