It might have been easy to overlook, given all the other exciting notebook launches from HP today, but that tried-and-true midrange dm4 will probably outsell them all. HP updated the lineup today and added a very attractive black and red Beats Audio edition at a not-so-attractive $899 price point.
With its 14-inch, HD screen, the dm4 is targeted at consumers who want to enjoy various forms of multimedia on their laptops, but enjoy it at a budget they can afford. Starting at $629.99, the new dm4 weighs just under 4.5 pounds – which itself is only 1.2 pounds more than the HP Folio, keep in mind – and sits at an inch thick in front, tapering back a bit thicker in the rear. The thickness of the laptop was one of the easiest ways for HP to make the product more affordable than, say, the ENVY – but that’s not so bad.
The base models have Intel Core i3 CPUs inside and integrated graphics. If gaming or other GPU apps are important to you, however, you can always step it up to an optional discrete card, the AMD Radeon HD 7470M GPU. That’s partnered with a an HP TrueVision HD webcam as well as HP SimplePass, which uses a fingerprint reasder to making logging to both your computer and your favorite websites as quick as a swipe of your finger.
The outside is clad in aluminum done up in two separate finishes: one model offers a dark umber color, while the alternative is steel gray. The Beats Audio edition coats that aluminum in sleek black paint, which goes well with the red backlit keyboard (keyboard backlighting is optional on the other models).
In addition to having a black cover and snazzy wallpaper, the Beats Edition of the dm4 can also ship with an optional set of the Beats Audio cans…at a slightly increased bottom line.
HP said that the new notebooks will be out on December 18th, which cuts it perilously close to the annual holiday season. As mentioned earlier, the entry-level version of the dm4 will set you back $629 smackerrs. Adding on all that Beats Audio branding pushes that up to $899.99.