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We just purchased this laptop for Thanksgiving. It has been nothing but pleasure to have it. It's fast with it's 4GB RAM, 64 BIT, and 320 GB Hard Drive. Performance wise, I don't have any problems with it. Another thing that caught my eye is the stunning display. When you take a first look at this laptop, you'll notice the HD bright and clear display. This is perfect for gameplay, watching videos, etc. Plus the webcam has a great quality when taking pictures/videos. Usually most laptop's built in webcams have horrible quality but HP really took this laptop to the next level.
As there are a lot of great features and advantages of this laptop, there are a few disadvantages. The AMD Athlon processor is not as great as one of Intel's processors. Sometimes it lags which causes your computer to freeze or become slow. This processor seems like it was built for light non multitasking users. If you're a heavy user, I highly recommend buying this laptop with an Intel processor. (Pentium or higher...) The battery life on this laptop is not too great but when you lower your brightness and change the settings a little, it should last you at least 2 and a half hours on full charge.
Overall, the HP Pavilion dm3- 1020ea laptop is a great laptop with a few minor bugs. Nothing can be perfect... If you're looking for a laptop, based on quality, I highly recommend this laptop.
I chose this HP gem of a notebook as a replacement for my considerably larger and older Dell Inspiron 6000. I wanted something a bit more lightweight and stylish to take to university and it has served me excellently so far!
I was firstly very impressed by its appearance - the brushed stainless steal
effect is very stylish and cleverly prevents the build up of sticky finger prints. It's slim appearance also makes it the ideal companion for me to slip into a bag and take out which means I can really get the most out of it.
HP achieves this slim design by having the disc drive as a separate USB device which is equally as appealing to the eye and very easily connected to the computer.
Setting up the notebook is very straight forward - simply unwrap it, plug it in, turn it on and follow the on screen instructions!
From a technical perspective I can safely say that it is capable of carrying out all the functions and running all the normal programs you'd expect at a good pace and the considerable battery life (about 6 hours depending on what your doing!) makes it all the more portable.
Overall, using this notebook is a real pleasure - particularly typing which I've heard can be a real struggle on other same size notebooks as the keys are perfectly spaced - and the mouse pad is responsive and very easy to use. It has all the standard features that you'd expect from a notebook/laptop these days such as webcam, bluetooth and WiFi capabilities.
My main qualm with the laptop is the quality of the speakers - if it wasn't sold as an entertainment PC it wouldn't be as much of problem - but as that is what it is sold as, I expected to be able to turn the speakers to a a louder, higher quality performance.
Overall though, this notebook offers a great blend of stylishness and performance for what is really rather good value!
"Having reviewed all the 13.3 notebooks that were being featured on all the official review websites I finally decided on this little beauty. The HP DM3 1101EA has it all....and for £500 represents extremely good value. The Optical drive is external and not internal as verified by some websites but that apart being that you don't buy a notebook for its media playback capabilities the external drive is there to use when you need to. The 3MB Ram gives the machine enough punch to perform all the tasks that it is likely to need to contend with. HP quickweb boots up in 12 secs if you need to perform WEB tasks without the need for windows. The silver metal casing gives the DM3 a smart and durable finish without the grubby prints you'd see on a plastic gloss finish on some of the Asus and Acer models that I had considered. Connectivity is spot on and the fact that prior to it being upgraded from previous Wireless Networking Standards it was rated an '8' by Trusted Reviews this would now likely rate it a '9' or even '10' with the improved b.g.n.
Battery life doesn't compare with some of the competition at upwards of 10 hours but the 7 hours average that I achieve is a small criticism.
The other crit that I would have is the worse than average sound....not unlike most notebooks of this size I'm sure...but with portable speakers hooked up you can suffer this OK. Buy it now!"