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.