HP Pavilion DM4-2101 specs

Andrew Williams

By Andrew Williams

Reviewed:

Key Features

  • Intel Core i3-2330M CPU
  • 4GB DDR3 RAM
  • 500GB 5,4000rpm HDD
  • Integrated Intel HD 3000 graphics
  • Brushed aluminium finish
  • Manufacturer: HP
  • Review Price: £499.99
specs
Quick Glance
Display 14
Processor Intel Core i3-2330M
Processor Speed Standard 2.2
Memory (RAM) 4
Hard Disk Drive (HDD) 500
Type Other Laptop
Processor, Memory & Storage
Processor Intel Core i3-2330M
Processor Speed Standard 2.2
Memory (RAM) 4
Hard Disk Drive (HDD) 500
Hard Disk Drive Speed 5400
DVD Optical Drive Yes
Blu-ray Optical Drive No
Graphics & Sound
3D No
Graphics Intel HD 3000
Display 14
Display Finish Glossy
Communication
Ethernet Yes
Wi-Fi Yes
Mobile Broadband/3G No
Bluetooth Yes
Webcam Yes
Connectivity
HDMI Yes
VGA Yes
DisplayPort No
Audio Connections 3.5mm
Data
USB 2.0 Yes
USB 3.0 No
eSATA No
Card Reader Yes
ExpressCard Slot No
Software
Operating System Windows 7
Physical Specifications
Weight (With Battery) 1.987
Height 32
Other
Type Other Laptop
Battery life 8

nanite2000

February 6, 2012, 6:32 am

When you say this is a 'long-lasting' laptop, I assume you werer referring to its battery life? It's an HP laptop, so I wouldn't expect it to last more than a year or so before dying.
Buyer beware - there's a reason HP laptops are so inexpensive.

Andrew_TR

February 7, 2012, 6:18 pm

Zing! I have heard a fair few complaints about the reliability of HP's trackpads in particular, but unfortunately it's something that's hard to test in a review.

MikeWilliams

February 9, 2012, 12:26 am

My previous model dm4 has been working fantastically for a year. So far, so very good. But nanite2000 has a good point. Why doesn't TR run reliability surveys like Which? magazine?

Julian Bell

February 19, 2012, 8:35 pm

Thanks for a great review again as always TR.
Unfortunately, I'm going to have to echo nanite2000's remarks on reliability. I bought a previous model DM4 (based on a glowing review from yourselves) and the left hinge (which all the wires use) has failed twice. I understand you can't really test the long term durability of such parts - my complaint is entirely with HP. The first failure was within 6 months and got fixed under warranty. It then began to fail again just under a month after the original one year warranty expired. The whole hinge disintegrated and the ribbon carrying the screen and backlight cables was severed internally by the inherently poor design of the hinge. My only option was DIY, so I ended up taking the whole machine apart (the only way to get to the lid) ordering another ribbon cable for the screen/backlight/webcam from ebay, fitting this and then epoxying the actual hinge to keep it firm and this has held up reasonably well since October, although it is loosening up now, so it's probably time for another lot of epoxy resin.

If you are a student like me, who feels they've spent that little bit more (I paid £650 for the 9/10 TR Recommended DM4-1050EA) to get a machine that is going to last, please don't be fooled by the initial strong feel, good looks and good performance of HP's machines - if the basics fail then you're going to be left with a £500 (or in my case £650) paperweight.

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