HP Pavilion DM4-2101 video review

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Classy design, great build quality and stunning battery life make the DM4-2101 very easy to recommend. It's not without problems, lacking advanced connectivity and featuring an average screen and poor speakers, but you rarely see the basics provided for as well as you do here for under £500.

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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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