Put your Sunday suit back in the closet, there won't be any funeral services held today for Hewlett-Packard's PC business. Even when/if HP spins off its PC division, the company expects it to remain No. 1 in the world. Until then, HP is carrying on like it's business as usual, which includes announcing an updated and redesigned Pavilion dm1 notebook.
HP's calling the dm1 "the ultimate ultraportable PC," though note the company isn't calling it an Ultrabook, which is a title reserved for a specific set of hardware and specifications built around Intel's Sandy Bridge platform. The dm1 ships with the latest AMD E-Series accelerated processing units (APUs), though new to this refresh are second generation Intel Core processor options.
The dm1 builds upon HP's MUSE design and is the first notebook to feature the company's Soft-touch Imprint technology, "a unique printing process that creates a soft-to-the-touch surface by inlaying graphics into a rubber skin that covers the notebook exterior." You can configure a dm1 notebook with a charcoal gloss finish or soft-touch ash black finish with a stylized pattern with the obvious benefit of collecting fewer fingerprints.
Compared to other thin and light notebooks, the dm1 checks in at less than an inch thick, weighs 3.52 pounds, and wields an 11.6-inch HD LED display. It now incorporates HP's Beast Audio technology, and introduces HP Premier Experience, which is a set of features and technologies intended to streamline Windows and speed up boot, shutdown, sleep, and resume times.
The dm1 built around AMD's E-Series APU platform will be available on September 21 starting at $400. Models built around Intel's Core i platform will start shipping on October 30 starting at $600 and will come with an external optical drive.
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