I love my ENVY 14 Beats Edition laptop. It’s an awesome, powerful machine and it looks pretty sweet…but every once in a while I’d wish that it had a baby brother. Where the ENVY 14 is kick-ass premium PC, the new Pavilion dm4 Beats Edition carries over that style, but at a more affordable price point.
The Pavilion dm4 Beats Edition is a 14-incher, all right, and it still manages to squeeze in under an inch deep and weigh about 4.5 pounds. It’s got that crimson “B” emblazoned on the back of the lid, it has a matte black smooth-to-the-touch finish, a multi-gesture Imagepad and those red backlit keys. And, if you’re a sucker for those Beats headphones, there is a special edition Solo HD set of cans that are exclusive to this dm4. Like I said, it’s got that sleek Beats “fashion sense.”
I chatted briefly with Sarah Burton in product marketing for HP Consumer Notebooks to get her take on this bit of techno-kit.
Unfortunately, I didn’t get any time to do proper testing on the Pavilion dm4s so this story will have to serve as one big, fat teaser for now. What I can tell you about the laptop is that it supports the newest Intel processors scaling from a Core i3 all the way up to a Core i7. It can accommodate the newest AMD Radeon HD discrete graphics processors….and before you ask, no, I cannot give you the names of the new AMD processors yet. NDAs and all. But I can tell you that I’m definitely looking forward to seeing how these guys perform.
At least I know that they’ll look good on the 14-inch HD BrightView screen – at 1366 x 768 resolution. (You will be able to upgrade the screen to 1600 x 900, from what I understand). And, with the HDMI port, you could always just output your video to an even bigger screen. Technically, you could also use Intel’s integrated Wireless Display technology (a.k.a. WiDi) to wirelessly connect.
The other bit of news I’m eager to test out is battery life. I’ve been told that the dm4 can hang in the for seven hours on a charge.
There is, of course, a non-Beatsified version of the Pavilion dm4 (that offers a Triple Bass Reflex subwoofer and Beats Audio as well). It starts at $699 while the Beats model starts at $899. It goes without saying that I hope to get proper hands-on time prior to their launch on December 7.
Hey, and here’s your chance to help me review products. Tell me some of the things you’d like to see me test out on this laptop. I’ll try to take some suggestions and incorporate them into my full hands-on!
Darren Gladstone (@Gizmogladstone) TNB's Blogger-in-Chief geeks out over games, gadgets and hot laptops.