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HP Pavilion dm3-1130us NoteBook AMD Athlon Neo X2 L335 (1.60GHz) 4GB Memory 320GB HDD ATI Radeon HD 3200 13.3" Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

  • AMD Athlon Neo X2 L335 (1.60GHz)
  • 4GB Memory 320GB HDD
  • ATI Radeon HD 3200
  • 1366 x 768
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
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  • Lucretiu P.
  • 8/16/2010 5:31:44 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

2 out of 5 eggsunusable, had to return

Pros: 1/ Fast CPU, lots of RAM, win 7 Home Premium installs clean with the serial number from the bottom of the unit from an upgrade disk, so you do not have to put up with the preinstalled junk (webcam worked as well).

2/ You do not need a mirror to shave or apply makeup - just turn off the laptop (or select a dark background) and you have a very good mirror for no extra charge.

3/ HDMI output so you can use it as a HTC serving content from the web or LAN to your big screen TV.

4/ Very nice screen colors and quality as long as you are in a dark room with no lights on.

5/ Speakers work better then most other netbooks / laptops I tried out.

6/ Gets two full eggs because it works, as long as you operate it in the dark, and are big enough to press the trackpad buttons until they make contact.

Cons: 1/ Screen is unusable in normal outdoors light. Tried to use it while on the train - could not see anything, and there was no direct sunlight on the screen. Had to give up after 15 minutes without being able to do any work, then spend 30 minutes at home to undo what I did while operating it blindly.

2/ Fingerprint magnet, and it does not come with a free lifetime of windex. If you cannot stand a fingerprint on a shiny surface and feel the urge to wipe it clean, this is NOT a computer for you, as you will spend all your time cleaning it instead of using it.

3/ Trackpad buttons too stiff and do not work reliably. You can press the button, hear and feel the "click" but nothing happens - you either apply extra force anytime you press the buttons, or you have to watch the screen to see if the click was recognized or not. If you apply 1Lb of force or more each time you press the buttons, they are OK; else, you may want to look elsewhere.

Other Thoughts: more cons:
3/ Scroll area (and the rest of the trackpad) is not recessed from the rest area a the bottom of the keyboard, so when you type, watch out for the cursor to jump randomly as you touch with your hand the trackpad and scroll area in particular. I can see why you need a button to turn off the trackpad, but I would rather get a used Dell with a classic recessed trackpad then put up with this nonsense on a daily basis.

4/ No lock for the screen in the "closed" position - it relies on the hinge friction to keep it closed. It may work, but I do not trust it to hold for long.

I am really upset because of the lost potential of this little computer - with an external monitor and mouse / keyboard it works really well, but the glossy screen, "improved" trackpad and shiny finish turned it into a product I had to ship back - not usable at any price.

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  • Manhung s.
  • 6/10/2010 7:11:04 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsGood laptop for travel

Pros: I bought it for its light weight and decent price. I also like the dedicated graphic card that can support a large monitor. Switching between different display mode is also very straight forward which is an improvement over my older laptop. Is a decent solution to double as a desktop using external monitor, mouse and keyboard. Battery lasts reasonably long (4 hour-ish) so far. Most of the dedicated buttons are intuitive and I especially like the buttons for turning on/off wi-fi or the touch pad (which I occasionally touch when typing and I often use an external mouse).
The wireless connection is very fast. Much better than my older laptop.
Used it for 3 months and works as expected.

Cons: Hmm, the touch pad is really annoying.
The case is not as sturdy as I thought. The paint at the edge is somehow chipped in a number of places although I have been handling it very carefully.
The on/off button on wi-fi and touch pad will not work if you prevent some of the HP software from starting.
The biggest complaint is that one cannot further partition the hard drive because of the HP tools taking the only extra partition allowed. That makes separating data from OS a bit harder.
The glossy screen is a bit of a problem and it attracts a lot of dust.
Took me awhile to realize that it has num-lock that would mangle some of the keys. It was turned on when I used an external keyboard.

Other Thoughts: If I can get the intel low-voltage version at a similar price, I would probably go for that one for better battery life.

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  • Damien C.
  • 5/7/2010 8:36:00 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBetter than a netbook

Pros: I love the brushed aluminum coverings, they look great, don't show fingerprints and scratches, and make the machine seem more high end than it is.
Integrated web cam has a nice picture and good resolution. Integrated bluetooth. Radeon integrated graphics handle video and some light gaming better than the Intel stuff.
Like the ability to shut off the touchpad for typing or when using a wireless mouse.

Cons: No DVD drive, not a huge problem but you'll need an external or a second machine to transfer programs to flash drive.
The speakers are too quiet, I keep looking for something to turn them up a little more. They're fine for most things but max volume isn't very loud, but it sounds fine.
AMD CPU not as fast or power conscious as the Intel version.
Touch pad a little "sticky". The "chrome" touch pad isn't as smooth as you would think, but the laptop has bluetooth so a bluetooth mouse is easy to set up and use.
Button and indicator placement kind of strange. The power button is a little slider on the side, same with the wifi button, placement is kind of awkward. They have their own lights so you can't easily see them at a glance. Your wrist tends to cover the charge and HDD lights. And there's a separate light by the power port that just indicates if the unit has AC power. The wifi and touchpad indicators change color instead of just turning on and off.
BIOS very restricted.

Other Thoughts: It seems like a lot of cons but in reality it's very nit-picky stuff that's more lack of polish than problems in use.
For the price (with the rebate) it's a better option than a netbook. You get a little more real-estate (screen and keyboard), a more powerful dual core CPU, without a lot of extra weight for only a little more money.
I put in a 60 GB SSD that helps speed up the machine but the AMD CPU isn't a screamer, so don't expect lighting performance or battery life but it handles most of the normal tasks I need of it without becoming unusable.
In the end I wanted something that was a good portable machine and this fit the bill better than most, especially at the price.
It's a decent notebook for the money in either trim, at it's normal price I'd give it four eggs. The extra egg is if you can get it with the rebate for $499 like I did.

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  • Anonymous
  • 5/6/2010 10:15:31 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSolid Laptop

Pros: Even though it has the same Neo X2 as some of the netbook class of laptops, it performs well. Also has high ram and hard drive capacity for its size. The keyboard is similar to the Mini keyboards, except the keys have space between them, so it is easier to type on. Screen is very bright, and easy to read. Light weight, which is good for college, or business types. Metal shell looks good too, so it would stand out as a business laptop as well.

Cons: Since it uses the same Keyboard layout as a mini, it does not have dedicated Home, pg up/down, and end keys. this is likely not something that the average user would care about, but it is a balance between keyboard space, and functionality. Getting used to pressing the fn key didn't take long, it just makes it so two hands are needed since the above keys are on the arrow keys, and the fn key is by the left ctrl and alt.

Other Thoughts: It has no cd/dvd drive, so I bought an external one. I actually prefer it with out one. It makes it so that I can save at least a half pound of carry weight. But, it does make it so you would have to convert your games to ISOs to install, use steam, or buy an external drive.

The lack of a cd drive also makes it more difficult to dual boot, but it is still possible to get something like Ubuntu on it.

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  • Kyle B.
  • 5/3/2010 4:36:25 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsGreat little notebook

Pros: Solid construction, Small and lightweight to carry anywhere, HDMI out for displaying HD video to your tv, good processor for mobile computing, 4gigs of ram, 320gig 7200rpm hard drive, keyboard is pretty nice as well, decent battery life (6hrs or so) and windows 7.
Windows 7 scores after driver updates and bios update.
Processor 4.2
Ram 5.8
Graphics 3.5
Gaming Graphics 4.9
Harddrive 5.9

Overall great small design that’s just larger and more powerful than a netbook but is still fairly portable. Great for multi tasking, running almost any application you want with in reason. Plays HD files great to my tv as well. Best portable media device I think, go on trips watch movies in the car, get there and hook it up to the hotels lcd.

Cons: The fan does run all the time and is a bit loud, nothing that ambient noise doesn’t take care of but in a quiet room you can hear it. Mouse pad attracts fingerprints a lot. Tons of HP bloatware installed, takes a few hours to remove it all. No cd-rom drive is a plus for me but I can see it as a negative is people do not have an external or know how to make ISO of CD’s and install them that way. The screen is nice and bright if you are directly in front of it, but can get washed out at angles.

Other Thoughts: I purchased this from another retailer as a refurbished unit (a lot cheaper) but I can say this. The first unit I had ran very warm like many of the complaints about this laptop. I checked the temps and one processor core ran 10-15c hotter than the other, up in the 40c range at idle all the time. I took it back to the store and we took my hard drive out and put it in their show floor model, and it did the same thing. I thought well maybe this is normal. However then the touchpad failed (again refurbished unit so nothing against a new one). I took it back, this time got a different notebook and it ran cool, both cores the same temp down in the upper 20c at idle. This has allowed the palm rest to stay cool even as I type this with a video running as well. So I would suggest that if yours runs very hot, check the temps and see if both cores are running at the same temp. Perhaps this is a common problem that HP should take care of.

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  • Mid-America G.
  • 4/29/2010 8:12:07 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsRemove the stickers

Pros: Slim, light, fast. Has an attractive keyboard that is pleasant to use. Unlike other reviews, I've had no overheating issues with the left palm rest once I removed the HP stickers (see notes).

Cons: None so far.

Other Thoughts: About the much-maligned overheating issue: the magnesium case partially acts as the heat sink. Rather stupidly, HP has placed a few of those advertising stickers on the palm rests, which covers several inches of metal. With the stickers left on, the palm rest was getting rather warm (though nothing I would call "hot," as some other reviewers have). Since removing all of the stickers, it hasn't gotten above lukewarm.

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/3/2010 4:23:53 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggsGood

Pros: Good computer. No major issues. Boots pretty quick. Happy with battery and quick sleep/wake. Works great after junking all the bloatware.

Cons: Takes 3-4 hours to uninstall bloatware
Left side palm rest does get hot, more strange than bad
Screen's viewing angle is pretty small - if you are slightly off, the colors are washed out
The first time I restarted it, it wouldn't turn back on. I unplugged my USB mouse and then it decided to. Problem hasn't repeated... fluke?

Other Thoughts: I'm really critical. Pros category is light because everything else is working as it should; I don't really consider that a Pro. =)

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  • Eric T.
  • 3/31/2010 12:00:44 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggspavilion dm3-1130us - continued

Pros: Continue from earlier review:
HP tech was really helpful with trying to resolve the very hot palm rest. Kudos to HP customer support in the US!! Recommended upgrading the bios and it dropped the temperature down but it was still too hot for a 20 min continuous use. Finally, after 90 minutes troubleshooting, TS suggested that I do an exchange with the retailer.

New one is so much cooler. It still runs ultra warm, warmer than my favorite 12-inch Fujitsu T-series Lifebook tablet.

With Verizon wireless card running battery runs about 3.75 hours. AC power and on/off is dim so that is a giant plus. The boot-up is so much faster than XP Pro.

The video card drives a 32-inch LCD and the resolution is very clear and sharp at 1080. Watched NCIS via cable and it played smoothly. Sound is acceptable, not strong but with headset...sounds great then.

Cons: Still runs ultra warm. Wrists feels sensitive after an hour of continuous use. Bought a Targus cooling pad with two fans and the temp dropped only a smidgeon. I still think it is design flaw not having vents under the palm rest where the HDD and RAM are located. Or could have placed the HDD and RAM closer to the screen so keypads could act as vents.

Finger prints magnet on keypad.

Track pad is ultra smooth surface and also finger print magnet.

HP TS said not to take the laptop to bed or work on couch. That is negative point since I like to write and work from both places! I have 2 desktops if I want to anchor to a desk.

Other Thoughts: Ran 90-min movie via Liteon exteranal DVD-ROM. 2 minutes before end the movie stuttered and stopped. Rebooted and continued at last Chapter and it ran smoothly. Is it possible that 4GB RAM is not enough for movie???

Bought this laptop for portability/travel. Took it on a one day trip and it felt right: not heavy. Sitting next to someone with a netbook this dm3-1130u looked serious and ready for business, not toy-like. Next week will travel for 5 days with it and will see how it feels.

Visual Studios 2005, 2003 Project Pro and 2003 Visio Pro running fine. 2 copies Office 2003 Pro won't install. Microsoft!!!

Would I purchase it again? Not sure. 8.5 out of 10 chance I will purchase it again. I like the size, the screen, how fast it boots up/down, quiet, cool brush metal surface, does not feel plasticky. But the heat still bothers me. If this 6 year old Fujitsu tablet had the dm3-1130US physical characteristics: fast, quiet and light it would be perfect and I would not be retiring

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  • David E.
  • 3/25/2010 10:42:54 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsH dm3-1130us

Pros: I purchased this from another reseller for 100 cheaper. I love it! The very first thing I did was take out the 320GB hard drive and put in a brand new 500GB 7200 speed hard drive with Windows 7 Professional. All HP drivers installed w/o a hitch..and no bloatware!

Cons: Sometimes when I type, I have to hit the keyboard a couple of times more...Mybe its just the way my fingers touch it...

Other Thoughts: I always use a Zalman cooler, so the heat does not bother me at all.

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  • Eric T.
  • 3/20/2010 12:36:06 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggsPavilion dm3-1130 awesome but runs hot

Pros: Bought this two days ago and finally had chance to turn it on today. The screen is beautiful. Have it hooked to my 32" monitor for work and I cannot believe I did not do this earlier.
No bloatware, just Norton and removed it in less than 2 minutes.
Came with 4G RAM and 320GB HDD.
Keypad is full-size and chicklet key: so fun to type with it.
Very snappy in booting up. Less than 1 minute...need to time it tomorrow.

Cons: 2 issues I have on my first day:
1. Runs very hot on palm rest. Both palms are very sensitive to the heat now. Glossy keys leave fingerprints and palm rest has my sweat.
2. The track pad is not as good as iPhone. Pinching does not work so only using it as traditional trackpad.

Other Thoughts: Using Liteon external DVD ROM installing:
Office Pro Ed 2003 (32-bit) failed.
Visual Studio Pro 2005 (32-bit) success with two patches from MSFT.
Just running those installations made the palm rest hot.
Will try to install Visio and Project tomorrow and hope to successful.

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