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CES 2011 countdown: The brand new HP Pavilion dm1 oozes AMS Fusion spark

The redesigned laptop can give similar Nvidia Ion laptops a run for their money

The dm series from HP has always been emphasizing on power at a reasonable price. The brand new dm1 powered by the new AMD Fusion platform is no different. At $449 starting price, the HP Pavilion dm1 promises to give you great looks to make heads turn, and enough muscle power to sail you smoothly through those boss-fights.

Laptopmag got their hands on a sample, and they seem quite impressed by the features. Powered by an AMD dual-core E-350 APU, you get the goodness of an AMD CPU and DirectX 11 graphics card on the same chip. It was not long before AMD followed the new technology of squeezing in both the CPU and GPU within the same chip – which gives much power with a relatively low energy requirement.

The ultraportable comes with an 11.6-inch display screen surrounded by metallic gold borders that extends till the part surrounding the keypad and the palm-rest area. Both the keypad and trackpad including the mouse buttons wear black plastic. The mouse-button, unlike some of HP’s earlier netbooks, is more streamlined with the touchpad, but a bump of the touchpad makes sure you can get the buttons even by touch.

You get up to 750GB of HDD or an SSD, built-in GPS and 4G module. The system supports Blu-ray playback as well, so you can grab an optional external Blu-ray drive as well.

The dm1 comes with a 6-cell battery that promises 9 hours of juice on a single charge.


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Pallab Jyotee Hazarika, 2011-01- 4 (Update: 2012-05-26)