Laptops in HP’s Pavilion series are popular with consumers for several reasons; one of them is their design. Attaching to the customary Pavilion design, the dm4-1060us attributes a minority of cosmetic alterations, merging some of the drawing elements of HP’s Studio series. The body is a tad slimmer, with fewer bezels. The lid’s hinge feels sturdy; it is set well and closes the clamshell with a reassuring snap. The webcam sits at the top-center of the inside lid, above the screen, which is framed by a thick bezel. When gently pressed the inside edges of the frame, a slight ripple of the display can be observed (otherwise barely noticeable).
A quick check at the pricing shows that the HP Pavilion dm4-1060us notebook available for about $800 at amazon.
The base unit is black with a smooth, polished, metallic carbon-grey palm rest that melds into the fine matte touchpad almost indistinctly. The palm rest is a veritable fingerprint magnet, as is the glossy top lid. The touchpad and left and right click buttons are slightly offset to the left. The HP Pavilion dm4-1060us has three USB 2.0 port, a HDMI connector, an Ethernet port, VGA port, the heat vent and the AC power jack. Besides that it has headphones/line-out microphone jacks, a 7-in-1 memory card reader slot and the DVD writer. The belly of this beast features an access panel that will allow users to add another RAM module to upgrade the system’s memory.
Featuring the current generation Intel Core i5-430M mobile processor and Intel HD graphics, the dm4-1060us is a performance-based mainstream machine. The dual-core Arrandale processor features hyper threading and turbo boost. This means that, in effect, the processor can handle four simultaneous threads and puts its processing speed up to 2.54 gigahertz when tasks require more horsepower. The Intel HD Graphics is fairly adept at handling multimedia and 3D rendering operations. Weighing in at 4.40 lbs only, the HP Pavilion dm4-1060us is the lightest and the fastest laptop in the laptop’s category.
However, battery stress test showed – which includes full HD movie playback at full volume, Wi-Fi enabled and intermittent Web browsing, word processing, and file transferring over a local network, with full advanced desktop and UI eye candy – resulted in an average of close to 6 hours battery life.