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.