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HP Pavilion dm3-1105ea review

£549 inc VAT

Manufacturer: HP

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

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

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 Expert Verdict »

HP Pavilion dm3-1105ea reviews verified by Reevoo

HP Pavilion dm3-1105eaScores 9.0 out of 10 based on 1 review
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])
10/100Mbps ethernet
4 x USB 2.0
multitouch trackpad
Super Multi Dual Layer external DVD drive
stereo speakers
headphone jack
SD/SDHC/MS/xD-Picture slot
57Wh lithium-ion battery (339 mins battery life)
WorldBench 6 score: 65
  • Build Quality: We give this item 8 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 8 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 7 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

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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