HP Pavilion dm4

When it comes to mainstream notebooks, the thin-and-light models are fast becoming the choice of many consumers. After all, this class of notebooks generally offer most of the computational and graphics processing power found in their heftier counterparts, minus the weight and bulkiness. The new HP Pavilion dm4 is a shining example of such notebook, but how well does it fare for daily usage? VR-Zone puts the dm4 to the test.

Although thin-and-light notebooks have been around in the market for quite some time, they were unceremoniously sidelined when newer and sleeker ultrathin notebooks gained popularity among the masses.  Since then, PC OEMs have sought to outdo the competition by introducing various new models which attempt to further bridge the gap between the netbook and the mainstream, full-sized notebooks.

Because of the rapid pace of innovation in this class of notebooks, the performance gap between a thin-and-light and a traditional full-sized notebook has diminished to the point where some notebooks from the former sport traditional mobile processors instead of the low-voltage variants. And HP’s new Pavilion dm4 is one such example which boasts the performance of a traditional notebook in a thin-and-light package. But just how well does it actually perform? We shall see in due time.

But before that, a quick list of the dm4’s technical specifications is in order.

Hardware specifications
Processor Intel Core i5-520M Processor (2.4 GHz, 2x 256KB L2 Cache, 3MB L3 Cache, Hyperthreading Technology supported)
Chipset Intel HM55 Express Chipset
Graphics card Integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator HD
Operating System Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
Display 14-inch Diagonal High-Definition LED HP Brightview Widescreen Display
Memory 4 GB DDR3  SDRAM
Hard disk 320GB SATA hard disk
Bluetooth Bluetooth Wireless Networking
Battery 6-cell Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery
Weight 2 kg