The HP Pavilion dm3-1105ea is an undeniably cute 13.3in-screen laptop that's built for a life on the road.

The HP Pavilion dm3-1105ea laptop is undeniably cute, with its 13.3in screen allowing HP to specify a smaller and lighter chassis. It also has an attractive brushed-aluminium finish and a shiny metal trim.

More portable than larger 15.6in-screen laptops, the HP Pavilion dm3-1105ea's smaller screen still offers the same 1366x768 resolution. This means you’ll have just as much room for your applications, but at a slightly reduced size.

In an extra effort to shrink this laptop’s chassis, the HP Pavilion dm3-1105ea’s DVD burner is supplied as a separate unit. This makes sense, since you’re unlikely to be installing software on the move – but playing DVD films on long journeys will be less convenient.

Without the DVD drive, the HP Pavilion dm3-1105ea laptop weighs just 1.9kg. With the drive in tow, it weighs 2.3kg.

Performance isn’t the HP Pavilion dm3-1105ea’s strong point. Its dual-core Intel Celeron SU2300 processor running at 1.2GHz is no challenge for Core i3- and i5-based laptops. The Pavilion scored a rather disappointing 65-point score in our WorldBench 6 processing-speed test, and is noticeably slower than other similarly priced laptops.

The HP Pavilion dm3-1105ea's CPU doesn’t have an integrated graphics chip. Performance in our games tests suffered as a result, and the laptop scored an unplayable 6fps scored in Fear at ‘Maximum’ settings.

More importantly for a laptop designed for a life on the road, the processor’s low power consumption allowed the HP Pavilion dm3-1105ea to last 5 hours 39 minutes in MobileMark 2007.

The HP Pavilion dm3-1105ea's other components are pleasingly competitive, with a generous 500GB hard drive and a 4GB allocation of RAM.

HP Pavilion dm3-1105ea: Specs

  • 1.2GHz Intel Celeron SU2300
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
  • 4GB DDR3-1066 RAM
  • 500GB 7,200rpm SATA 3Gbps HDD
  • 13.3in (1366x768) glossy LED-backlit screen
  • Intel GM45 graphics (games scores: Fear = 6fps [Max]/19fps [Med])
  • 802.11b/g/n
  • 10/100Mbps ethernet
  • Bluetooth
  • 4 x USB 2.0
  • webcam
  • multitouch trackpad
  • Super Multi Dual Layer external DVD drive
  • stereo speakers
  • headphone jack
  • mic
  • HDMI
  • VGA
  • SD/SDHC/MS/xD-Picture slot
  • 57Wh lithium-ion battery (339 mins battery life)
  • 326x230x32mm
  • 1.9kg
  • WorldBench 6 score: 65
  • 1.2GHz Intel Celeron SU2300
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
  • 4GB DDR3-1066 RAM
  • 500GB 7,200rpm SATA 3Gbps HDD
  • 13.3in (1366x768) glossy LED-backlit screen
  • Intel GM45 graphics (games scores: Fear = 6fps [Max]/19fps [Med])
  • 802.11b/g/n
  • 10/100Mbps ethernet
  • Bluetooth
  • 4 x USB 2.0
  • webcam
  • multitouch trackpad
  • Super Multi Dual Layer external DVD drive
  • stereo speakers
  • headphone jack
  • mic
  • HDMI
  • VGA
  • SD/SDHC/MS/xD-Picture slot
  • 57Wh lithium-ion battery (339 mins battery life)
  • 326x230x32mm
  • 1.9kg
  • WorldBench 6 score: 65

OUR VERDICT

HP’s Pavilion dm3-1105ea is built for a life on the road, with highly portable dimensions and decent battery life. Its processor is underpowered, but its excellent build and generous RAM and storage provisions go a long way to justifying this laptop's £549 price tag.

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