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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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!


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.


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


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.


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.


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

67 Replies to “ADV: HP’s Thin-And-Light Laptop”

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. it’s not blacklight… blacklight are the ones used to detect nasty stuff on bedsheets 😛
    Kenny, the screen is still an LCD screen. LED refers to the backlighting. as in the light source at the back of the screen.

  4. 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!

  5. I’ve been waiting long for you to update your blog..
    HP trustable? hehe seems go get many warranty issue in my company

  6. 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.

  7. 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 =)

  8. 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.

  9. 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!

  10. 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. !@#$%^&


  12. 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.

  13. 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!

  14. 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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    now i finally have my website, so here goes…
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  16. 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

  17. 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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