HP Pavilion dm4


HP Pavilion dm4Notebook: HP Pavilion dm4 (Pavilion dm4 Series)
Processor: Intel Core i5 430M
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) HD Graphics
Display: 14.0 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels, glossy: yes
Weight: 2kg
Price: 600 euro
Average Score: 80.17% - good
Average of 6 scores (from 9 reviews)
price: 76%, performance: 79%, features: 80%, display: - % mobility: 87%, workmanship: 80%, ergonomy: - %, emissions: - %

Reviews for the HP Pavilion dm4

83% HP Pavilion dm4 review
Source: PC Pro English
Nice design, excellent battery life, and a surprising dose of power, all for a reasonable price.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/15/2010
Rating: Total score: 83% price: 83% performance: 83%
HP Pavilion dm4 Notebook Review
Source: T Break English
The HP Pavilion dm4 is a pretty good looking, well constructed and reasonably well performing.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/19/2010
Rating: price: 70% performance: 70% features: 80%
90% HP Pavilion dm4 Review
Source: Trusted Reviews English
There are only one or two very small things we'd change about the dm4: one being the touchpad position; and the second being the somewhat hopeful notion of adding switchable graphics. Such ideas aside, it's an absolute corker of a laptop considering its accessible price.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/29/2010
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 100% performance: 90% features: 90% mobility: 90%
HP Pavilion dm4 - First Look
Source: Trusted Reviews English
One thing we're less certain about, however, is the touchpad. HP appears to have adopted the 'almost' Apple-esque integrated touchpad buttons first seen on the Envy 15, which were far from a resounding success. Hopefully it has ironed out the issues now: we'll see. Moreover, if HP is to go down this route we'd have preferred to see it add the much more impressive four point multi-touch, single click touchpad that Synaptics recently introduced.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/15/2010
Rating: workmanship: 80%
HP Pavilion dm4 review
Source: Engadget English
It continues to be a real shame that the one real issue we have with HP's laptops continues to be something we consider to be fairly standard and simple technology these days. Honestly, we don't need anything fancy when it comes to a touchpad -- just a large pad and two comfortable buttons. Other than its flaky navigation input, the $904 system – though it's a bit overpriced compared to the competition -- packs just the right balance of style, power and endurance. We much prefer the dm4's aesthetic to comparable systems like Dell's Inspiron 15 and Gateway's offerings. But of course, at the end of the day what good is all that if you can't push the cursor from one side of the screen without a problem?
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/15/2010
Rating: price: 50% performance: 80% mobility: 80%
77% HP Pavilion dm4
Source: CNet English
The middle-of-the-road multimedia laptops that come out of HP have always been excellent examples of the style. They typically bring some upscale design buzz--but not too much in the way of extra features or components--while keeping prices down. HP's latest multimedia system, the Pavilion dm4, is a powerful, slick-looking package--but some competitors in the same price range offer more features for less.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/03/2010
Rating: Total score: 77% performance: 70% features: 70% mobility: 90%
70% HP Pavilion dm4
Source: PC Mag English
Like the rest of the industry, HP has taken a huge liking to metals. So much so, that its entire line of laptops (netbooks not included) has been updated with this design material. The HP Pavilion dm4 ($905 direct) is not only covered in them, but it's one of the lightest laptops in the 14-inch category, and yet it toppled the competition in speed tests. Its major flaw is the gesture-enabled touchpad, which proved to be more bothersome than helpful.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 06/01/2010
Rating: Total score: 70%
70% HP Pavilion dm4
Source: Laptop Mag English
HP got most things right with the Pavilion dm4. It has a sophisticated design, strong performance, and good battery life. However, this notebook’s finicky touchpad makes it less of a pleasure to use than we had hoped. For now, we say try it out at a store first, if possible. You should also check out the $899 Toshiba Satellite E205, which performs almost as well and comes with Intel’s Wireless Display technology and the 14-inch Lenovo IdeaPad Y460 ($1,094), adds muscle with discrete graphics. Overall, though, the dm4 is a solid choice. If and when HP issues a driver update, we’ll likely give the dm4 a more enthusiastic recommendation.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/21/2010
Rating: Total score: 70%

Foreign Reviews

91% HP Pavilion dm4
Source: MuyComputer Spanish ES→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/21/2010
Rating: Total score: 91%


Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) HD Graphics: Onboard graphics card that is built in the new Arrandale CPUs (Core i3 / i5 / i7 Dual Cores). Depending on the model and Turbo Boost, the GMA HD is clocked between 166 and 766 MHz.

Only some 3D games with very low demands are playable with these cards.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.


The Core i5-430M is a middle class dual core CPU that features only 3 MB L3 Cache (compared to the I7-640M) and clocks between 2.26-2.53 GHz (Turbo Mode). Furthermore, VT-d, trusted Execution and AES features are missing in the 430M. Thanks to Hyperthreading, 4 threads can be processed simultaneously. An integrated graphics card (Intel HD Graphics with 500-733 MHz) and a DDR3 memory controller are also included in the package.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.

14.0": 14 inch display size is a mixture between the small formats of subnotebooks and the 15 inch standard display. The reason why so many people like displays with medium size is, that this size is not exhausting for the eyes, does not need too much energy and the laptops can be kept quite compact.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.

2 kg: These sub-notebooks weight less than the average of all notebooks, but represent a heavier class of weight among the sub-notebooks. 12 inch displays are normal for this class of weight.

HP: The Hewlett-Packard Company, founded 1935, commonly referred to as HP, is a technology corporation headquartered in California, United States. HP specializes in developing and manufacturing computing, storage, and networking hardware, software and services. Major product lines include personal computing devices, enterprise servers, related storage devices, as well as a diverse range of printers and other imaging products. Other product lines, including electronic test equipment and systems, medical electronic equipment, solid state components and instrumentation for chemical analysis. HP posted US $91.7 billion in annual revenue in 2006, making it the world's largest technology vendor in terms of sales. In 2007 the revenue was $104 billion, making HP the first IT company in history to report revenues exceeding $100 billion. Market share regarding sales of personal computers in 2007 (market research IDC): HP 18.9 %, Dell 16.4 %, Acer 9.9 %, Lenovo 7.5 %, Apple 5.7 %

HP reviews

80.17%: This rating should be considered to be average. This is because the proportion of notebooks which have a higher rating is approximately equal to the proportion which have a lower rating.

» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2010-06-14 (Update: 2012-05-26)