HP Pavilion dm3t Review
HP laptops are known for their durability, performance meeting all user requirements and at the same time sport some seriously elegant and classy looks. The Pavilion dm3 is a CULV lightweight that packs in a lot of exciting features like:
1> Intel Core 2 Duo CULV SU7300 (1.3GHz, 800MHz, 3MB)
• Windows 7 Premium (64-bit)
• 3GB Shared Dual Channel DDR3 at 1066MHz
• 320GB 5400rpm Seagate 5400.6 HDD
• Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X4500HD
• 13.3-inch LED-backlit WXGA Display
• External 8x CD/DVD burner (DVD/-RW/R) with Dual-Layer
• Atheros AR5009 802.11a/g/n Wi-Fi , Bluetooth
• 6-cell Lithium-ion battery
• Dimensions: 12.83 x 9.06 x 0.96 inches weighing 4.17 pounds
Build and Design
The laptop sports a durable metal finish on screen cover which is both elegant and resistant to scratches and stains of any sort with the perimeter-trim chromed in plastic to accentuate the gunmetal-gray brushed look extending in the interior. The glossy black screen trim perfectly complements the LCD when the display is off. The notebook is colored in matte-black at the bottom.
The build has an overall superior quality; the brushed metal finish gives some strength to the top. The screen has minimal flex when moderately pressed, the cover protects the LCD from dents. The materials quality of almost all the parts is good with the only drawback being the risk that the chromed plastic might wear out over time if not transported properly. The touchpad has a polished-matte finish which may be affected by mild abrasion. The bottom cover surprisingly is made with a durable alloy body that makes for a really sleek look and feel.
Users can also upgrade this notebook with its easily accessible user-serviceable components.
The screen is a fashionable 13.3-inch one with LED-backlit panel with excellent color and contrast. The colors are vivid and bright in a cooler or blue hue. Screen brightness is sufficient for well-lit rooms. A 70% screen brightness is tested to be perfect for indoor viewing. The glossy screen supports outdoor viewing preferably in a well-shaded location away from the sun exposure. Viewing angles were average and horizontal viewing angles were better with the screen remaining visible to about 60-degrees off center where it started to become fade.
The speakers produce some really good sounds with the quality above average for a notebook of this size with distinct high notes and upper-midrange.. Low frequency audio is found to be wanting though.
Keyboard and Touchpad
The keyboard is an island-style one with the keys colored in a semi-glossy black paint with a very solid feel. The key letters look very bright even in dark surrounding. The keys wobble a little with side to side movement. The individual key presses are quite smooth requiring little pressure for detection.
The touchpad is a glossy ALPS model supporting multitouch gestures and is responsive. The buttons are easy to press producing a soft click. The feedback is shallow needing moderate pressure for activation.
Ports and Features
The notebook has four USB 2.0 ports, LAN, audio jacks, HDMI and VGA-out and a Kensington Lock slot. Other features offered are a SDHC-card slot and wireless-on/off switch.