HP Pavilion dm3t: Our Deal of the Week

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The 13.3-inch customizable HP Pavilion dm3t-series notebooks with Windows 7 Home Premium or Professional, 64-bit, are general use/traveling notebooks that provide good battery life. HP is currently offering free upgrades to both an Intel Core i3-380UM processor at 1.33 GHz and 3GB of DDR3 system RAM. The notebooks start off at $600 from the HP online store and include $100 off in instant savings.

The dm3t notebook has come to be HP’s most popular 13-inch notebook and, as we said in our review, it is now competing with even the 13-inch Apple MacBook–except that the dm3t is much less costly.

Our model came built with an Intel Core i3 processor and Intel HD Graphics, and in our processor test, it did better than the 11.6-inch MacBook Air and the Toshiba Satellite T235. In the PCMark05 overall system performance test, it did better than the HP Pavilion dm1.

As far as the hard drive goes, the base model comes with 320GB of hard drive storage space at 7200RPM, with HP’s ProtectSmart hard drive protection included. You may upgrade to 640GB of storage space at 7200RPM for a little more in price.

The dm3t comes with a 6-cell, 62Whr Li-ion battery, and it delivered 6 hours and 13 minutes of unplugged battery life in our battery test. That’s just about the same life as the 11-inch MacBook air was able to deliver.

All in all, we gave the dm3t four out of five stars. We also said the notebook has a comfortable, close to full-sized keyboard, a great screen for browsing the Internet, and that it’s “lap friendly”–meaning it doesn’t get hot under high levels of processing and graphics usage.

Check out our HP Pavilion dm3t review for a full list of specifications, a look at more benchmark tests, comments about the build and design, and more.

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