The net­book is dead, long live the net­book! Yeah, just when you thought that you had heard the last about the small, cheap and op­ti­cal drive-less lap­tops, you hear about the HP’S new dm1.

Well, HP doesn’t call this 11.6 incher a net­book. In fact, it’s an ul­tra por­ta­ble note­book in their books. Still we couldn’t help notic­ing that it is small, has no op­ti­cal drive and is cheap too. But the dm1 is any­thing but cheap look­ing and ac­tu­ally borders on the classy, if not for the plas­tic body. The curves make it look like this one was de­signed by some­one who was till now work­ing on Fer­raris or Lam­borgh­i­nis.

The 11.6-inch HD LED Brightview dis­play is crys­tal clear, though it tends to be a bit dark if you don’t get the an­gles spot on. The full-size, is­land-style key­board is soft to touch and the space be­tween the keys will make it easy to main­tain. Though the touch­pad is in­te­grated into the wrist stand, the left/right me­chan­i­cal keys be­low it are slightly clunky, even noisy. Above the key­board is a Quick­web key which can take you on­line in sec­onds.

The dm1 runs the Win­dows 7 Ba­sic 64-bit on an AMD Dual-core Pro­ces­sor E-450(1.65GHZ, 1MB L2 Cache). There is a 2GB DDR3 RAM too, but at times we found the note­book lag­ging a bit be­hind what we wanted it to do. But then ob­vi­ously this one isn’t made for weightlift­ing. What it lacks in power, the dm1 more than makes up with su­perb sound, thanks to HP’S Beat­saudio, and HD qual­ity video play­back.

The dm1 also fea­tures the HP’S pro­pri­etary Coolsense tech­nol­ogy which pre­vents over heat­ing in case you de­cide to over­work the lit­tle one. There is no op­ti­cal drive, but the dm1 makes up with three USB, a VGA, a RJ-45 and HDMI port, along with SD/MMC slots. All this also means the dm1 isn’t a juice-guz­zler and can give about 10 hours on the trot with a full charge.

If you are one of those who would like to take home a por­ta­ble lap­top in this tablet age, dm1 is one of the best op­tions out there. And the price tag only makes it more wel­com­ing. The tablet can wait.

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