HP Pavilion [Laptop Preview]

Manufacturers: Hewlett-Packard

Class: Pavilion

Model: dm3t

Price: Rs.50,000 approx

Buy online: HomeShopping.pk (Rs. 72,990 with variant processor)

Specs Overview:

  • Operating System: Win 7 Home Premium 64-bit
  • Processor: Intel Core i3-380UM 1.33Ghz
  • RAM: 3 GB DDR3
  • Hard Drive: 320 GB @ 7200 RPM
  • Graphics Card: Intel Integrated HD card
  • Battery: 6 cell Lithium-Ion, 7.5 hours max
  • Display: 13.3” LED Display
  • DVD-ROM: None
  • Webcam: HP TrueVision Webcam with MIC
  • Wireless: Wireless Network Card 802.11b/g/n
  • Bluetooth: None

Thin n Light:

The system offers a very compact design in terms of thickness. Compared to most laptops, this one comes in a sleek design. A width of just 1” is very impressive.

This feature along with a screen size of 13.3” contributes to the decrease in weight of the system. It weights nearly 3.98” lbs, which is pretty impressive particularly for an HP system since they are usually known to be bulky.

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Audio Software Flaws:

The audio software of the this HP laptop is very irritating. Any program that requires full screen operation has to be minimized to change volume levels.

Although the volume controls are integrated on the top of the keyboard, but touching them minimizes the (full-screened) program and then the change takes place.

This is especially very irritating when a heavy program or a game is running and it gets minimized each time the volume controls are touched.

For some this is a problem, for others, this isn’t even a flaw.

Screen Movement:

The screen of the laptop can not be tilted beyond a certain angle. After movement of about 30 degrees or so, the screen can not tilt backwards any further. This is annoying some times if you have to sit on a level higher than the placing position of the system.

Although the LED screen would still let you see the screen properly but it will loose the brightness and definition to some extent.

Not the gamers’ choice:

Unfortunately HP does not offer any choice to upgrade the graphics card of this HP Pavilion laptop. No other card can be used in with the laptop except the one already mentioned in the specs.

This certainly comes as a disappointment because most companies would let the users customize the laptop if they agree to pay more but in this case even that option is not available.

So if you are a fan of gaming, this is certainly not your system.

Good battery Timing:

The battery time of this system is particularly impressive. With light browsing and using the machine in power saver mode, it is possible to get a battery time of about 5.5 hours.

With more usage the time will get reduced to about 2 hours. The time that the company claims can usually be achieved when you switch on the laptop and do nothing, and this is generally not the case.

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Nice Design:

Compared to some of its other competitors, HP is still doing a good job as far as the design of a system is concerned. The laptop body is made of metal, not plastic and its interior gives a rich metallic look. The metal used this time is of better quality as it does not get finger prints over it self and is also more gripping than the ones used in previous pavilions.

Official Rating: 4.4/5

Underline: A cheap and good system for any daily life task, but not the gamers’ choice.


  • Saad Durrani

    A much better review. However, you only highlighted negative stuff.

    • saad riaz qazi

      Thank you. 3 pros and 3 cons.

      • Saad Durrani

        My bad! Now, I understand the battery part.

        Again, a very better post, this time.

  • Saqib Saghir

    useless laptop. no dvd rom even. duhhhhhhhhhh
    yr is say sastay laptop mil jatay hain. core i3 myn. just search in google and it will provide the laptops having prices very reasonable and excellent specs.
    here are the sites
    galaxy.pk
    mega.pk

    • saad riaz qazi

      This system lacks only a DVD Rom, and let me tell you that its because its the base configuration, the recomended configuration that is around 56000 has the DVD rom too. Compared to some of the systems you mentioned, it is much better, considering its a pavilion.

    • saad riaz qazi

      and if you ever want to see the review of a particular system, you are most welcome to give feedback regarding that.

    • Saad Durrani

      Dude. Macbook Air has no DVD-roms but it sells crazy. All the netbooks have no DVD-roms and they are selling too.

      I guess, it is an upcoming trend.

  • Saqib Saghir

    propakistani why you always review such laptops which are either too expensive or having too loo specs. there are lots n lots of very good laptops having reasonable specs. so try to please review of good laptops.
    i hope you people dont mind what i am trying to say. cx most of the time you people really mind what the users say.
    i could also provide you with the review of good laptops if you allow me to ….i could help you people for all the latest models.
    waiting for your coment…..:)

    • saad riaz qazi

      I never mind feedback :)

      The sites you mentioned have better specs indeed but are usually refurbished models. And most of them look cheaper because they lack original windows too that cost about Rs.9000 (specifically on galaxy.pk).

      I am no one to speak for site admin but if you can write original content, it would be certainly beneficial to users.

    • admin

      Saqib, everyone’s welcome to share the knowledge. Contact me aamir [at] propakistani.com

  • rafay

    Check out DM4 have its the in same body but with core i5 4gb ram 500gb and 1 gb graphics card.

    • saad riaz qazi

      But its around rs.65000 too then.

  • imi

    be careful the touchpad of news hp models suckss the 2 click buttons are in touchpad there z no separation so its very difficult to use

    • saad riaz qazi

      Yea i faced that problem in the very beginning but got used to it in 2,3 days.

  • adil

    for a student like me give some reviews of laptops around Rs.20,000
    thanks

    • Saad Durrani

      Dude. For that, I would say try getting a second-hand netbook. In 20k you will get a good one and in some warranty.

  • Zoya

    great post very informative, i want to purchase this one but collecting some money still