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#2

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#3
Good deal
#4
lovely laptops, ever since playing with one instore i've really liked them. almost tempted to replace my macbook with one, and at this price i'd be making a profit.
#5
As Amazon are a useless retailer when it comes to laptops, here is the spec. sheet.

I'd consider this to be a high-end netbook rather than a notebook.
As such, it's bloody expensive.
#6
I'm with Jawa, it's definitely more of a high end netbook or a laptop for use with word processing and non-gaming applications. The processor and graphics card make this practically useless for intensive applications and most modern games.
#7
I don't know. Unless you want to play the latest games, in which case a laptop probably isn't the best for you anyway - you'd have to spend a fortune to get a laptop capable of doing that - I think this is a good deal. Nobody can seriously expect to play modern games at a decent speed on a £449 notebook, can they?

As for it being a high-end netbook, no netbook I've ever seen has an optical drive, a full-size keyboard, 4Gb of memory and Windows 7 Home Premium - loads still come with XP and if they have 7 it's usually the Starter edition.

As the highest-end real netbooks are getting ever more expensive, this looks like an excellent deal for a good, true laptop at a low price which is still pretty thin and compact.

I'm very tempted. Heat and rep from me.
#8
Hmm just noticed the drive is seperate. Still good to have it included, and still not something you'd get as standard with a netbook, but it's probably a deal-breaker for me.

Still excellent deal though.
#9
To be fair mate, I spent £500 on my laptop and it plays all the latest games on full detail settings.
#10
Kaje
To be fair mate, I spent £500 on my laptop and it plays all the latest games on full detail settings.


What spec, and how many FPS in Crysis? Just curious like.

The deal is to my mind a nice price for a properly small proper laptop for actually doing productive things, such as document writing, spreadsheets etc.

but then I'm old and not interested in gaming or social networking.
#11
RSteve
Hmm just noticed the drive is seperate. Still good to have it included, and still not something you'd get as standard with a netbook, but it's probably a deal-breaker for me.

Still excellent deal though.


The idea is to give you something small to carry around. How often do you use an optical drive nowadays? CDs are ripped to MP3, and certainly I transfer most files on and off all my computers over a network cable/802.11, or possibly a USB flash drive.
#12
Sadly the connectivity puts me off a bit, 100Mbit ethernet and only G wireless. I still might buy it though.
#13
I have one of these and its a really nice machine. The small form factor, wieght and screen in particular are excellent. It actually comes with an USB dvd writer for those rare occasions you need one.

The AMD cpu is certainly is actually quite nippy, being good enough to run most applications like Visual Studio quite well.

Slight niggles are that this is not silent like some machines with larger chassis but its hardly noticable when you're working and that the touchpad is quite 'sticky'.

I bought this back when HP had the sales in January and overall very pleased with it!
#14
I forgot to mention the keyboard is an absolute dream to use.
#15
Make the warranty last for 3 years for an additional £60.56!

http://www.amazon.co.uk/HP-PAVILION-NOTEBOOK-WARRANTY-EXTENSION/dp/B0002AFK0S/
#16
It is neither a netbook nor a laptop but in the middle. It will never be the user's only machine and thus does not deserve such a high price.
#17
3.1415926
It is neither a netbook nor a laptop but in the middle. It will never be the user's only machine and thus does not deserve such a high price.


It's definitely a laptop, in day to day use I do not feel limited in any way by the spec. I know It's not going to play the latest blockbuster games, but if you were really wanting to do that, you'd be looking at buying an £750+ alienware concrete slab notebook or a games console.

This is more than I paid from HP but the quality and style of the dm3 is just outstanding, very similar to a macbook air. Consider that most 13.3" laptop will set you back £350-400 mark (http://www.ebuyer.com/product/177033), for another £50 this is just so worth it in my opinion.

Heat added.
banned#18
Good specs, the speaker system on this im sure will be amazing, like on my dv7 its made by Altec Lansing, the only let down is no esata port and probably the 'housing' to the laptop.
#19
Can i install 32bit windows 7 on this machine? from googling, i see this is a machine with 64bit processor, dont have any experience with 64bits machines? any help?
#20
Gonna bare this one in mind. It'll handle the odd game of Portal, movies from my digital library and all of the less exciting stuff I need a laptop for and the price is very reasonable :)

senthil08
Can i install 32bit windows 7 on this machine? from googling, i see this is a machine with 64bit processor, dont have any experience with 64bits machines? any help?


You could. Not a lot of point though really, there'd barely be any performance difference.
#21
ok, its good to know i can re-install with a 32bit windows 7. the main reason i want to do this, is due to the compatibility issues btwn 64bit windows n third party softwares. I have heard that alot of softwares are designed for 32bit OS and not for 64bit, hence the compatibility issue. is this true?
#22
Games I have running on it atm
Red Alert 2
Warcraft 3
Diablo 1
GTA SA
Various indie games.
Emulators such as PS1,SNES etc etc
Yes only play games that I own.
Quite a machine this, not that really interested in latest games on it already got a desktop for that.
Older RTS/RPG games it is fine
#23
I purchased this a couple of weeks ago at £449; it's a really good compromise between a netbook and a (much more expensive) mobile lappy; screen size is just right and weightwise (just under 2kg) it's not restrictive. The keyboard is the best I've ever used and the overall feel is of a quality product, having said that I did find the battery to have a tiny bit of movement but that was easily corrected by applying a couple of strips of gaffer tape to one edge of the battery thus creating a tighter fit. The aluminium case is very smart but be warned that the 'piano black' around the screen is very easy to mark. Performance wise it's fine; copes with all of the day to day things quickly but I've not tried any games upto now. Battery life is OK; between 3 and 4 hours and the screen is viewable even on the lowest 'brightness' setting - the sleep button works perfectly on this baby and I often find I now use this rather than return it to the 'charger' if I want a gap from using it (ie in front of the tele!). The fan can be a little noisy at times but really not enough to trouble me greatly. Heatwise, as other reviews have stated, the left palm rest can sometimes get a little warm but, again, not enough for it to be an issue. In summary this is a pretty thin and light notebook (not netbook) with good capabilities and a good price; I now use it almost exclusively as my main machine (it seems to follow me around the house like an old friend) and I can thoroughly recommend it. Hope this review helps someone.
#24
senthil08
ok, its good to know i can re-install with a 32bit windows 7. the main reason i want to do this, is due to the compatibility issues btwn 64bit windows n third party softwares. I have heard that alot of softwares are designed for 32bit OS and not for 64bit, hence the compatibility issue. is this true?


Not on Vista or 7. It was true with XP 64-bit, but all versions since then have included support for 32-bit and 64-bit applications in the 64-bit release.
#25
downshifter98
I purchased this a couple of weeks ago at £449; it's a really good compromise between a netbook and a (much more expensive) mobile lappy; screen size is just right and weightwise (just under 2kg) it's not restrictive. The keyboard is the best I've ever used and the overall feel is of a quality product, having said that I did find the battery to have a tiny bit of movement but that was easily corrected by applying a couple of strips of gaffer tape to one edge of the battery thus creating a tighter fit. The aluminium case is very smart but be warned that the 'piano black' around the screen is very easy to mark. Performance wise it's fine; copes with all of the day to day things quickly but I've not tried any games upto now. Battery life is OK; between 3 and 4 hours and the screen is viewable even on the lowest 'brightness' setting - the sleep button works perfectly on this baby and I often find I now use this rather than return it to the 'charger' if I want a gap from using it (ie in front of the tele!). The fan can be a little noisy at times but really not enough to trouble me greatly. Heatwise, as other reviews have stated, the left palm rest can sometimes get a little warm but, again, not enough for it to be an issue. In summary this is a pretty thin and light notebook (not netbook) with good capabilities and a good price; I now use it almost exclusively as my main machine (it seems to follow me around the house like an old friend) and I can thoroughly recommend it. Hope this review helps someone.


It helps a lot, thanks.
#26
satchef1
Not on Vista or 7. It was true with XP 64-bit, but all versions since then have included support for 32-bit and 64-bit applications in the 64-bit release.


thanx, thats good to know.
#27
Does anyone know how to get the extended warranty, how much it costs and if it come through HP? The one linked above (http://www.amazon.co.uk/HP-PAVILION-...dp/B0002AFK0S/) is £150 now so not such a good deal :(.
#28
Thanks

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