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Monday, 25 January 2010

ADV: HP’s Thin-And-Light Laptop

As part of our contribution to the HP Future Is... panel discussion, the 5 of us were given a HP Pavilion DM3 Notebook PC each as thanks.

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That’s pretty awesome gift just for half an hour of sharing what we think future computing trends are gonna be like. :)

This marks the second HP computer I own. The first one I had was a netbook - the tiny HP Mini which still serves me faithfully till today.

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I got the HP Mini when netbooks were all the rage a while back. The problem with netbooks is that they cannot do what big bulky laptops can.

Yea basic surfing works just fine, but open up more than 3 windows and immediately the performance starts to suffer. Then it becomes as slow as #yorais.

There’s an obvious size-performance gap between lightweight netbooks and heavyweight laptops. That’s where the HP Pavilion DM3 comes in.

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I always like the slim sleek designs HP come up with for their laptops. Although slightly more expensive than others in its class, their laptops usually more than make up for it in fashion and looks.

Case in point: their eye-catching brushed aluminium exterior.

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It’s sturdy, less than an inch thick and slips easily into a backpack.

The widescreen high-definition LED (not LCD) screen is a joy to look at, and the comfy keyboards reminded me of the ones they have MacBook Pros that cost 3 times as much.

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The HP Pavilion DM3 belongs to a category of laptops called the “Thin and Light”: thin like a netbook, powerful like a heavyweight laptop.

At 1.9kg, it ain’t exactly feather light. But if you’re used to carrying one of those big arse behemoths from 3 years ago, the weight loss is definitely noticeable.

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Underneath the hood, the HP Pavilion DM3 is powered by DDR3 RAM and Intel Core 2 Duo – none of the discounted stuff like Atom or Celeron.

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The unit I got came pre-installed with Windows 7. It’s my first experience using Bill Gates’ latest money-making tool. Although I’m still getting the hang of the new OS, I quite enjoy its zippy performance. It’s possible to browse the web, burn CDs and watch Youtube all at the same time without having your computer slow to a crawl.

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One feature the DM3 has that stood up from the rest is its ridiculously long battery life. Most other laptop’s battery only last 2 hours without charging. The battery in the DM3 is rated to last up to TEN HOURS.

For most other laptops to last that long, you’d need to friggin feed it with viagra!

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Of course, the laptop is not without flaws. There is no built-in DVD drive, although it did come with an external one beautifully crafted to match the design of the laptop.

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However, my biggest complaint about the HP Pavilion DM3 is the trackpad.

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For something so frequently used, HP mysteriously decided to plonk a glossy mirror surface as its trackpad. I don’t know why. It’s difficult to slide the finger around and I always manage to leave my smudges and finger prints.

The only good thing is if you’re a girl, and you wanna put on your lipstick, you can actually use the trackpad as a makeshift mirror.

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Other than that, with a thin-and-light design and an extra-long battery life, it’s a great laptop for people like me who’s always hopping on-and-off airplanes.

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If only HP could make me thin-and-light and bless me with extra-long life too. :(

67 Comments

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LOL, your last sentence FTW

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Cool laptop!

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yo, it uses my name, dm3

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What's the full model?...dm3-xxxx.
Are you sure it's powered by DDR3?

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It's still a LCD. Just that it's LED backlit. Get your fact correct.

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Sounds pretty cool huh?

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Good. I'm very interested in this laptop. Shall check on it and get one as my CNY present to myself :)

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You're thin and light enough LOL

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Yeap Kenny, HP can't make you thin and light. But Level-Up would make you thin and tough!

All the best to be a gym boss =) Looking forward to hear your experience.

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was wondering why u didn't join in the #yorais fun. Mana tau u dedicate a laptop in memories of him HAHAHA

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LED blacklight, as someone else said.

LED blacklighting is really nice though. It uses less electricity and does not run as hot, so it tends to make the whole unit last longer.

My Samsung laptop has this feature as well.

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it's not blacklight... blacklight are the ones used to detect nasty stuff on bedsheets :P

Kenny, the screen is still an LCD screen. LED refers to the backlighting. as in the light source at the back of the screen.

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LOL I didn't mean to type blacklighting, I was tired when I typed that.
Wait, I'm always tired!

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nice laptop here.Would love to get one myself, wonder if they have pink color?

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No matter what I still love MAC more.

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a free laptop ?? thats friggin cool !

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towards better future with HP...but is truth la ur complaint..my laptop oso like tat...alot of finger print for detective to check on..

from Nikel Khor

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Wow cool laptop ^^

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kenny i miss u!! hahahaha

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u need a haircut kenny. lol! have been waiting for ur post for so long. thirst for it. haha!

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i love hp! but Kenny, how much that laptop???

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Haha, I like that last sentence!

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Comparing this junk to macbook pro is like comparing a Citreon to a Ferrari. Of course it will always be cheaper than a macbook pro. You get what you pay for!

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LOL You are as cute as ever!!

Most dainty girls would have sprained their wrists if they were to hold the laptop the way you did!!!

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a free laptop for just 30 minutes on the discussion panel? that's so fortunate of you! and the other 4 too.. =P

p/s: i prefer macbooks over this.. =)

kenwooi.com

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I've been waiting long for you to update your blog..

HP trustable? hehe seems go get many warranty issue in my company

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This laptop last for 10 hours??? Unbelievable~ If it is true, then this HP dm3 will be real cool! ;)

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Kenny, have not heard from you for such a LONNNNGGGGGGG time. Miss your funny blog. Please spare your time to resume your "Reputation" as one of the most famous bloggers in Msia.

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Kenny!!!!
Miss you blog sooooooo much...
so Cool.. just a 30mins sharing and you get a Free Lappy ^^ and a nice one too!!!

Lol... love your last sentence =) with you being owning the gym.. shouldn't be a big problem.. if you do.. can contact me anytime. I am a weight consultant.. ready to serve you anytime =)

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10 hours ?! cool MAN !!

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Macbook forever mate!

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I love HP notebook. No chance to get a free one like you. May be one day I will get a HP notebook by myself. Now still using older ACER Travelmate 660.

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when are u going to start blogging again?

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I kinda like that mirror trackpad. :D

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Wow.. 10 hoursssssss??

I should ask my boss to read this :D

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welcome back Kenny!
aiya you can get thin&light at LevelUp ma!

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It's your frank and alternative-style observations that keep bringing readers and advertisers here together.

Great stuff Kenny.

Personally I'd still prefer to overspend on a Mac, because I take extreme pleasure in remaining broke.

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What is good about "Thin and light" as a guy? I don't see any good AT ALL. I would rather be a bit chubby than to be classified as "Thin & light". In fact, I looked down on those skinny guys, and I think almost all girls will NOT like this type of guy too (Lack of "Security" feel). So, Kenny, maintain your weight and outlook. Cheers, as a chubby and muscular guy!

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YO KENNY! It is CNY + Valentine's Day soon! Are u gonna change us all to pink nicknames again? Muahahahahahahahahah!

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And also maybe make us all roars like tiger coz it is tiger year?! muahahaha!! cheers!

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Visit my blog here for free valentine's special gift.Perfect for you Kenny....

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mirror trackpad.. not nice..

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you are very lucky to get a free laptop. I need a new laptop desperately but unfortunately no one offered me one.

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We can do our business in ease. Technology always moves on and have great innovation. I love this product

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keeny ... ur farkin fat.

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You look funny using the lipstick.

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Mr. Farker, Kenny is not FAT, ok, he is MUSCULAR (same as my size). How dare you said that he is "Farkin fat". I think you are the one that is really FAT. !@#$%^&

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Hahaha...I like the last comment about the reflective touch pad. That's what I want to suggest to my friends too.

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GYMER, STOP SAYING THAT UR MUSCULAR, UR JUST A BIG FAT ASS. ACCEPT THE FACT, FAT ASS FUCKER, HAHA BORN FAT LIKE KENNY

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Fatty_Kenny, If you are so anti-KennySia, why do you even bother to spend your "precious" time logging to his blog? If you have spent those amount of time, why do you want to waste your time critize him? I think there is something wrong with your "brain" (well, if you have one). You are acting way too childish.

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Gymer, I support you. I totally don't understand the motive of anti-kennysia people.

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10hours long!? Really? Wow. My current bend-able head/screen HP laptop (AMD = very HOT) is pain in the arse as it dies within less than 2hours! Wat turf!

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saya pun guna HP, not bad so far.... hmmmm ranking kat dunia ni

1) Dell
2) HP
3) Lenovo
4) Acer

Buffered or Metered Earnings????

Avatar VS Titanic

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As much as the good-look and pretty good performance of the HP laptop, i still give it a low mark cause i dun wanna carry an external DVD-drive around wherever i go.

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any comment on the ipad?

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Apple ipad is good, but no webcam + looks fragile.

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carrying around an external dvd drive is troublesome. but it looks good. =)

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does it run with atom processor?

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Nice lar nice la, can use a mirror too, great laptop... still can get for free not? Ok, maybe not, so how much does it cost?

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Finally, the man is getting some personal blog time.

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Long time ago i thought of spamming kennysia.com when I get a website up and running..

now i finally have my website, so here goes...

Visit my website for the simplest and most useful computer guides, tips and tricks! useful for those that just got a new laptop like kenny :)
www.TheSimplest.net

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Got a review of the HP dm3-1132TX at http://www.netroworkz.com/?p=93 too.

It's not bad - I've the same opinion about the chrome touchpad too.

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Hi Kenny, you are so thin and light like your laptop hahahaha. But this Hp Pavlion dm3 has tremendous battery life and the bad is no optical drive,some config can be expensive

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HP Pavilion DM3 seems good “Thin and Light” quite interesting . . but if u need to carry an external DVD-drive then have to think about ..

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Frick and frack...that almost sounded believable!

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Since I use my laptop as a desktop, I always keep it plugged in and my battery is at a 35% to 40% “Time Remaining” level according to the battery indicator icon in my sys tray.

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