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HP Pavilion dm4-1160us 14-Inch Laptop PC - Up to 6.25 Hours of Battery Life (Argento)
HP Pavilion dm4-1160us 14-Inch Laptop PC - Up to 6.25 Hours of Battery Life (Argento)
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The HP Pavilion dm4 notebook gives you the performance of a powerful PC without weighing you down. Less than 1" slim and starting at 4.4 pounds, this lightweight notebook offers the latest technology with style that's sure to attract attention. If you need a PC that can keep up with you, grab the HP Pavilion dm4 and go.
|Product Length:||13.42 inches|
|Product Width:||8.98 inches|
|Product Height:||1.27 inches|
|Product Weight:||4.41 pounds|
|Package Length:||18.1 inches|
|Package Width:||13.6 inches|
|Package Height:||4.3 inches|
|Package Weight:||7.2 pounds|
|Average Customer Rating:|| based on 84 reviews|
Intel Core i5-450M Processor (2.40GHz); 4GB DDR3 SDRAM memory (2 x 2GB) (expandable to 8GB); 500GB (5400 RPM) Serial ATA hard drive; Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
14 Inch diagonal High-Definition HP BrightView LED Display (1366 x 768), Intel HD Graphics with up to 1696MB total graphics memory, Intel Wi-Di ready to wirelessly stream your photos, videos and other PC content to an HD TV
External Ports: 5-in-1 memory card reader; 3 USB 2.0 (3rd port shared with eSATA); 1 HDMI; 1 VGA (15-pin); 1 RJ -45 (LAN); 1 Headphone-out; 1 Microphone-in
SuperMulti 8X DVD±R/RW with Double Layer Support; Dolby Advanced Audio with Altec Lansing speakers; Integrated 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN; Wireless LAN 802.11b/g/n WLAN & Bluetooth
Brushed aluminum finish; 101-key compatible with island-style full-size keyboard; HP Clickpad with On/Off button; HP TrueVision Webcam with integrated digital microphone; HP SimplePass with integrated fingerprint reader
|Average Customer Review: ( 84 customer reviews )
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74 of 75 found the following review helpful:
Great Performance, Ultra Portable Jan 17, 2011
This laptop really lives up to its description: ultra portability without sacrificing performance. I'm posting this review after a week of ownership.
PROS: Awesome aluminum design, bright display, bluetooth, good webcam, 7200rpm HD, fast processor, runs cool, great WiFi range, good battery life, lightweight (4.41 lbs), fingerprint reader, sturdy, WiDi, HP QuickWeb
CONS: Touchpad gestures, keyboard stiffness, mediocre audio, dvd eject button
* MY PERSONAL NEEDS:
My focus while searching for a new laptop was for portable productivity including office and business applications, software development kits (I'm a programmer), and presentations. I was looking for something with decent processing power to handle multiple applications. What I was not looking for was a gaming machine. The graphics card was therefore somewhat irrelevant. This dm4-1160us by HP stood out because it offered a great processor, Bluetooth, a good webcam, and decent battery life in a light and perfectly manageable package.
* FIRST IMPRESSIONS UPON OPENING:
From the start I knew this was the laptop for me. The aluminum finish, including the design that complements it, is truly a work of art in terms of both aesthetics and practicality. Most modern laptops have a glossy finish that attract fingerprints seemingly even when you're not touching it. This is the complete opposite offering a sleek and professional look without constantly having to wipe it down. During the first few hours of personalization I noticed no hint of heat nor slow down of any kind. It has been quick from the start. Boot up times are average, but perfectly reasonable and even quicker if you take advantage of HP's QuickWeb feature that lets you use some common applications without booting into Windows. The screen is plenty bright and has a very nice and crisp picture. It is better than my Samsung r480 and older Toshiba Satellite, and on par with my older Core 2 Due HP model. If anything the screen on this one is just a bit less reflective than the one on my older HP, which is a good thing.
This is my first experience in personally dealing with Intel's new i3/5/7 series processors, and I have to say it exceeded my expectations. In the past couple years the only machines I built were made for gaming, and AMD processors are perfect for affordable gaming machines. While I still believe that AMD is better than Intel cost/value speaking for gaming, I always stick with Intel when building a machine for true intensive multitasking. Even with running multiple applications including some processor heavy development kits, Adobe CS, and other software simultaneously, the laptop runs without a glitch and without producing any noticeable heat nor noise. The Core i5 is definitely a step up from the Core 2 Duo series, and a significant one from the previous dual core T-series that can still be commonly found on the market today.
4GB of memory has become the standard in the laptop market, and there isn't much to say about that other than it works. However what isn't common is a 7200 RPM hard drive in a laptop (especially one with a good battery life). If you don't do much in terms of file transfers you probably won't really benefit nor notice, but it is definitely a plus for me where I'm constantly transferring files for projects back and forth.
The integrated graphics certainly isn't a selling point, but it gets the job done unless you're planning to use it for modern full screen gaming. It will play most games, but you'll have to scale back the settings. If I want to play a graphics intensive game I'm going to do it on a desktop with a larger monitor anyway, so this wasn't a selling point one way or the other. Something I found odd was that the Windows Rating System gave the graphics a higher rating for gaming than it did for Aero (desktop and productivity), but in my experience so far it has managed everything just fine including Adobe, movies, and a couple simple games that I tried out to test the display. I will say that most of the laptops I've owned/used have had integrated graphics, and even so this laptop still feels quite a bit quicker in all aspects. If it were compared to another version of itself with a dedicated card then you would notice a difference, but it is not underpowered by any means.
Many people are commenting about how the touchpad is finicky and hard to use, especially when keeping a finger on the mouse button. I don't personally have the same issues and am able to use the touchpad easily. In fact I purposefully attempted to duplicate the problem myself and was unable to see why there's so much trouble over it. And I rather like the textured feel of it and prevents fingerprinting and makes it easy to keep track of. However I really don't like the gestures. Macs do a way better job of handling the two finger slide scrolling and pinch to zoom features. I didn't even think of this option when buying, but since they are there they are tempting and they don't work quite right. The mouse buttons themselves are a bit harder than average to press down but I prefer the tap method anyway.
To comment on some of the other reviews, I don't think it is fair to expect a touchpad to be great while playing games. I've never seen someone successfully play a first person shooter with a touch pad nor would I use it for longer periods of time in CAD or other design software. For simple adjustments in Adobe I find it to work fine, not really better or worse than other laptops.
Here is where I am having some trouble. The keyboard layout for me is perfect and I like the gap in between the keys. But just as the touchpad buttons are a bit harder than average to press down, I found that the keyboard keys are a bit stronger than average and take a slightly more aggressive press. If you're a heavy typer you probably won't notice. When I get going pretty good my typing speeds are in the 80-90+ WPM range. I am more of a light typer though and have gotten very used to only pressing down as far/hard as necessary and nothing more. Since I am so accustomed to using laptops with keys that are easy to press, this will take me some more time to get used to. I almost wonder if it is just the one I have and it isn't supposed to be that way.
The sound is not bad. There were more than a few reviewers throughout my search that complained about the sound quality in this laptop. I have used many different laptops and I don't think the sound from this laptop is any worse than the average laptop. Laptops don't produce good sound. That is just how it is, especially when they only weight 4.41 pounds. It does state that there are Altec Lansing speakers on the laptop, but that doesn't mean anything. The only laptops I have used that had decent sound are the bigger ones that have more room for bigger speakers. The speakers on this 14" are still good enough to enjoy a show or have some background music going while you work. For those of you who are still looking around, I would note that HP's higher models with "Beats Audio" aren't anything spectacular either.
* BATTERY LIFE:
Depending on where you look, the battery life on this laptop is rated between 6 and 6.5 hours. With wifi and bluetooth off and just using normal productivity software I think that is a fair assessment, which I think is how they rate it anyways. I haven't had enough time to truly test the battery life in real scenarios, but it seems like I can get a solid 4-6 hours of use while running my presentation software and at least Bluetooth (I use my phone as a remote controller).
If you are looking for a productivity laptop that is ultra portable and a great value, get this one. There aren't many features missing unless you're after a built in Wi-Max card or want a Blu-Ray player, and it is definitely feature rich for the price range. The finish both inside and out is brilliant and it is pleasing both through its looks and performance.
I would not recommend this laptop if you want a gaming laptop. There are plenty of options from HP and other brands that have dedicated graphics cards with moderate to good battery life. It does not have a dedicated graphics card, wimax, blu-ray, nor numpad, in case you're looking for those features.
34 of 35 found the following review helpful:
Great little machine. Touchpad is great! Oct 17, 2010
By J. Jeffrey
I won't bother telling you how powerful, quiet, and lightweight this machine is. People seem to just want to focus on the touchpad. Maybe early runs of it had problems, but mine works perfectly. The only quirk is that if you have two fingers on the touchpad at the same time, and try to move the mouse, you get this fricking 4-headed arrow that has crazy effects (in chrome, it increases and decreases the font size). Just make sure that one finger stays on the mouse button, and another finger can move the mouse. The problem arises because there is no tactile border between the mouse buttons and the touchpad, so if you are careless, you can end up with two fingers on the touchpad, and.....chaos. It took me about 7 minutes to figure out that if you keep your index finger on the lower half of the mouse button (which you *can* feel) then it's easy to move the mouse with another finger and have no problems. I actually find the touchpad quite responsive.
I love this machine, and think it is a steal for not much more than $700. Maybe it's not for everybody, but don't let rumors of touchpad issues dissuade you.
27 of 28 found the following review helpful:
Great laptop for school and photoediting Sep 29, 2010
By J B
(paid $700) Bought this guy about a week ago. It has excellent styling and feels very solid. The keyboard is awesome, but the touchpad can be a bit finnicky. Although it's nothing a few days of getting used to wouldn't fix. I use my laptop for school and Photoshop CS5. It has an awesome battery life which has already given me four and a half hours of youtube/browsing use. The battery life keeps getting better, so I wouldn't be surprised if it gets close to the promised six. It stays very cool, and mostly quiet. Even when the processor kicks into high gear it is barely discernible. It feels very snappy and handles photoshop quite nicely for a laptop. For most of your editing, including assembling HDR and using photomerge it does just fine. To give you an idea, I merged 22 raw files the other day with a fairly complex background, it did it in about a minute. The sore spot is the lack of dedicated graphics. Many game's are still playable, but you'll have to scale back the settings. Civ V runs super smooth on low and is completely playable on medium. SC2 runs great on low. However the snappy performance in other tasks and the great battery life more then make up for the poor graphical performance.
18 of 18 found the following review helpful:
Exactly what I wanted in a laptop! Dec 12, 2010
This sleek, thin, powerful laptop is everything I wanted but never had the time to buy before. I'm a software engineer that works on computers practically every day. Prior to now, I've just assembled my own desktops for home use and used my work laptop for mobile personal computing. IN my hopes to finally transfer all of my personal computing to my own personal machines, I decided to get myself the least bulky, but most powerful laptop I could for as far under $1000 as I could get it.
This laptop is awesome. It's thin, light, and does everything I want it to do. For those who wish to compare their typical personal computing activities to mine, mine consist of:
1) General internet browsing (paying bills, checking email, shopping, Facebook, etc.)
2) Streaming video/music over the internet (Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, iTunes, etc.)
3) Watching DVD movies
4) Playing not-too-complex computer games (nothing needing major graphics power just yet)
5) Creating/editing MS Word or Excel document (journals, budgets, etc.)
6) Downloading digital pictures from cameras & uploading them to the internet (with mild editing in between)
7) Backing up my files to an external USB hard drive (I don't like holding all of my eggs in one basket)
This computer does all of this with ease and is actually attractive to look at. The system also has built-in microphone and camera, which I'd love to use but haven't gotten around to it yet.
HP's site has these exact same systems for their "quick ship" options (systems that are already assembled as supposed to the ones they have to 'build' and then ship to you), but Amazon had this one for less PLUS I was able to take advantage of my Amazon Prime free 2-day shipping! All in all, getting this machine was a great choice and I'm loving every minute of it.
NOTE: The fingerprint swiper can be a bit sensitive, so you may have to 'swipe' your finger numerous times for it to get it. I recommend programming more than just one fingerprint into the system so that you have multiple ones to choose from.
16 of 16 found the following review helpful:
Great performance, light weight, 14in laptop Nov 22, 2010
I was looking for a 14 inch laptop to replace my 5yr old HP DV1000 laptop. I wanted something that is light and with an i5 processor. I came across the dm4-1160us and found that it has all that I was looking for. The listed price on amazon.com was $829.99 at the time. My previous laptop was still working fine and I was not in a hurry to get the new one. So I thought I would wait till thanksgiving to see if I could get a better a better deal on it. A couple of weeks later the laptop was listed on sale @ staples for $700.00 with rebates. I went and got the laptop the same day.
I read a lot of reviews on this laptop and the greatest concern for me was that some people were complaining that it looked pink. So when I went to the store the first thing I checked out was the color and I was disappointed in that it looked pink. But the sales associate told me that it is due to the lighting in the store and the true color of the laptop is a tint of bronze. So I bought the laptop thinking that i would try it out and return it if I didnot like it. I am so glad that I bought the laptop. When I opened the box at home, the laptop did not look anywhere near pink in color. All my friends liked the color and design of the laptop.
I had the laptop for almost a month now and I am very pleased with it. It was the best deal I could have gotten for such a good performing laptop. I would recommend this laptop who wants a good performing light weight laptop.
The only cons that I have with this laptop is with the fingerprint reader and the multitouch functions of the trackpad. You could setup the fingerprint reader to log you into any website. I do not wish to use this setting and have not set it up. So each time I go to a webpage that needs login a pop-up appears asking me if I want to enroll in the automatic log-in. I just find that annoying, I'm pretty sure I can disable it, but haven't got around to it yet. Also, the multi-functioning on the trackpad is not as good as on a macbook. But these are not major concerns to me.........and I think this is the best laptop for the price in the market now.
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