HP Pavilion dm1z Fusion Ultralight Notebook Review - HotHardware

HP Pavilion dm1z Fusion Ultralight Notebook Review

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When it comes to design and build quality, our expectations are obviously taken down a notch considering the netbook space. Whenever you pay under $300 or $400 for a full-scale machine, it's understandable if things aren't exactly iron-clad. But HP has managed to seriously step things up with the dm1z. Granted, the MSRP here is $450, so a it's bit more than most netbooks, but still; we're really impressed with just how sturdy and well-made this notebook feels.


At just over three pounds, the dm1z isn't too burdensome, and while it's an all-plastic affair, the materials used in the construction are remarkably solid. Everything feels stiff, with the only notable exception being the LCD hinges. These are a touch loose, but honestly, most consumers who aren't looking for these kinds of things won't notice.


Along the front edge, there aren't any ports. It swells in depth going toward the back, and there's a 3.5mm headphone jack, two USB 2.0 ports, a VGA output and an Ethernet port along the right edge. The left edge is home to a single USB 2.0 port, an HDMI (full-size) output, a few status LEDs, an exhaust vent, a Kensington lock slot and an AC input socket.


The LCD hinge is a unique one; it can fold completely (yes, completely!) flat, which may be a highlight feature for some that need to compute in highly cramped places, or if you're standing over a kitchen countertop looking down at the machine, for example. The bezel around the LCD is around average size, with the bottom being thicker than average, likely due to the fold-flat nature of it.


Unlike many netbooks these days, HP decided against using a chiclet keyboard; instead, it's a pretty traditional layout. One very unique feature is the trackpad. For one, it's really wide. Secondly, it's right in the center of the casing, rather than being aligned directly beneath the space bar. This is more akin to a MacBook or MacBook Pro; most PC netbooks/notebooks always align their trackpad with the space bar, but we think the dm1z layout makes a lot more sense.

Furthermore, the left/right click buttons aren't raised; they're just a part of the pad. It's hard to really describe, but the trackpad has a subtle texture to it that's extremely nice to the touch. One the rear of the LCD lid, our review unit had a slick, subtly designed black cover. Classy, yet stylish -- fits this kind of machine really well.

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One thing missing from this review is how impressive the speakers are - something most people use quite a bit with today's music and Youtube showings.

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I like the styling of this notebook/netbook/whatever you want to call it. The performance numbers look good too!

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niice specs for a sub 500 netbook and slightly bigger screen is way cool good little book for on the go type knockabout netbook with enough juice to get er done !

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So........do you have to give it back, or maybe we could have a little mini contest?Wink

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Got one a few weeks ago, came a month late. I guess they are popular. I was able to get it for 429.00 with two promo codes I scraped up. I really like it so far. Have only used it for light web browsing. I dislike the touchpad but I feel like it just doesn't jibe with my fingers for some reason. Have tried turning on and off gestures and tap to click, I tend to pinch when I try and click. I also miss no page up and page down buttons but really like the keyboard.

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