HP Pavilion DM3-1040US 13.3-Inch Silver Laptop (Windows 7 Home Premium)

Written on:July 29, 2010
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HP Pavilion DM3-1040US 13.3-Inch Silver Laptop (Windows 7 Home Premium)

  • 1.3GHz Intel Pentium SU4100 Processor (2 MB L2 Cache, 800 MHz FSB)
  • 4 GB DDR3 RAM (2 Dimm), Max supported 8 GB
  • 320GB (7200RPM) SATA Hard Drive
  • 13.3-Inch Diagonal High-Definition HP LED BrightView Widescreen Display (1366 x 768)
  • Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD (shared) with up to 1.6 GB total available graphics memory
  • Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, *Up to 10 Hours of Battery Life

For those who want full PC performance optimized for mobility, the HP Pavilion dm3 Entertainment series delivers in a surprisingly affordable, minimalist design. Its top and palm rest covers are made of brushed aluminum in Modern Argento gray, while its bottom casing is a magnesium alloy. The metal casing helps ensure maximum durability at minimal weight. The clean design is accentuated by an iconic keyboard. Powered by the latest ultra-low-voltage processor and mobile graphics technologies, it

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  1. Saravanan Balakrishnan says:

    Review by Saravanan Balakrishnan for HP Pavilion DM3-1040US 13.3-Inch Silver Laptop (Windows 7 Home Premium)
    I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but dunking a product on Amazon usually gets you more “No” votes. That said, I am compelled to write this review as I believe that HP did an “evil thing” when they rolled out this product.

    Before I start bitching, here are the GOOD:

    ***Killer looks (five stars are not enough)

    ***Great screen (never feels like I am looking at a 13.3″ screen)

    ***one of the best keyboards I had used in a long time

    ***Powerful processor with plenty of RAM (doesn’t struggle even when I keep 10 applications simultaneously open)


    ***Four USB’s and an HDMI out (on such a small body)

    ***Solid build.

    Then there are the BAD:

    ***Buggy touch pad. Some quick fix solutions are being discussed on the forums. The issue seem to be a software bug. If so, it’s just a matter of time before HP would fix it (I wonder why HP hadn’t done it already; I’ll grit my teeth and wait).

    ***Mirror surface touchpad is “sticky” (I’m not a “touch pad” guy anyway).

    ***A laptop bag supplied by HP screams “aesthetic murder” (I’ll budget may be another $100 for a new bag)

    ***Having to hold function key to access F2 is real pain when working on spreadsheet (but I think I’ll get used to it; I’m already warming up to using FN+Arrow to access HOME and END)

    Here is the unforgivable UGLY:

    ***The battery life is typically 4 hours and not the advertised 10 hours (no gaming or video; only standard office work with WiFi on)!!!

    This is absolutely unforgivable because

    ***This is not a software bug and won’t get fixed in the future

    ***The difference between the claimed battery life and actual one is so large that it can’t be explained away with fine prints (I can swallow if I get 80% of advertised battery life; not when I get only 40%)

    ***When the Asian manufacturers (Acer, ASUS and now Sony) claim 10hr, user actually get 10hr or more.

    I think HP is having trouble catching up with the “low battery consumption” technologies. Instead of working their butt off, HP took a short cut and made a false “10hr battery” claim. After all, the world is full of suckers like “yours truly”. In my part of the world, such practice is called “cheating”. If you are from Google Land, you may want to call it “doing Evil”.

    I bought this laptop because I was tired of carrying my earlier “kitchen sink of a machine” (HP dv9000; beautifully designed). I had this fancy notion that I would carry the notebook to the office, sans the wires, bag and baggage (I’ve seen my friends do this with Acer and Asus). That’s never going to happen till I upgrade some two years down the line.

    When I am in the market the next time around, I should remember not to take HP on its face value.

  2. Kevin J. Christensen says:

    Review by Kevin J. Christensen for HP Pavilion DM3-1040US 13.3-Inch Silver Laptop (Windows 7 Home Premium)
    At $649 after rebate I think this laptop hits a real sweet spot in the 13″ market! I’ve had it for a week now and am really enjoying it. I also purchased a Samsung slim DVD writer since this mahcine doesn’t include an optical drive.


    – Runs very cool with the Intel processor – have never had the fan kick on

    – No problem streaming video, and has an HDMI for for your HDTV

    – Best looking notebook for the price

    – Very fast and quiet hdd

    – I have to admit I really am enjoying Windows 7 – I skipped the whole Vista thing

    – The back lit LED screen is beautiful

    – With 4GB RAM the system multi-taks very well

    – Battery Life – I get 5 to 6 hrs with my custom settings, cross country trips on a plane are now a reality

    – The keyboard is great to type on, although the use of a fn key to use f1-f12 isn’t for me


    – Quite a bit of crapware and bloatware to get rid of

    – The track pad leaves something to be desired – buggy in that it sometimes locks up from resume or comes back as a magnifying glass. You can find out how to fix this in the forurms…

    – The mouse buttons on the track pad are too small and require too much pressure to click.

    I used to travel with a back breaking 15.4 Dell M65, this will be a joy to travel with, and I will use it more at home because of how beautiful the screen is, and it is completely quiet. In my option you can’t go wrong here.HP Pavilion DM3-1040US 13.3-Inch Silver Laptop – Up to 10 Hours of Battery Life (Windows 7 Home Premium)

  3. FPS Gamer says:

    Review by FPS Gamer for HP Pavilion DM3-1040US 13.3-Inch Silver Laptop (Windows 7 Home Premium)
    I understand most of the people taking this unit out of the box have a certain level of expectation, but not all computers have up to date drivers and bios updates installed from the factory. Most if not all of the issues addressed within the reviews for this product are non existent in a fully updated unit with all the current offerings from HPs site. My unit received early 2010 has the very first bios while the update offered is 12 revisions later.

    I use this machine as an always on solution that uses low power to keep the power bill down. I use it as a media center, magicjack always on phone system ( throughout my house) and for file transfers. When im lazy I take it to bed to surf before sleep.


    – Appearance. Lid and palm rest is brushed aluminum and looks top notch. I have not seen a laptop that looks this good, friends and family LOVE the look of the computer.

    -Noise. Near silent. I read reviews with people complaining about the fan. Its nearly undetectable and I consider it a real plus. I got this just for this reason to replace a HTPC that was too loud for my bedroom. Im thrilled with the cooling so far with the majority of the heat being in the thinnest sections of the palmrest area. Heat exhaust is out the back right and does not blow on you in any way.

    – Weight. Doesnt compare to most full size laptops. This thing can be played with in hand in bed more like a netbook. Freedom of usage is closer to a netbook

    -Performance. While lacking dedicated video I can testify to what this little powerhouse can do. Play video files up to 14gb+ mkv format BlueRay files (Star Trek 1008p) with perfect playback. The ONLY place this unit is lacking is HD flash video playback (Hulu HD) Still works fine in non full screen or standard definitions. 720p works but above that starts to see framerate loss that affects experience. This will improve with flash updates and future drivers. This unit will likely never be flawless with 1080 streaming. All 720 streaming seems to be fluid enough to be comfortable. This computer can multitask but its obviously for running one primary application at a time. Background processes and minor apps aside, this isnt a computer for watching streaming videos and doing processor intensive apps. Its just a little light on CPU to really hammer it. If your not clicking like a madman you will have no issues.

    -Size. You cant find a full function laptop in a size this small. This is small and light and easy to carry yet it has the power to do full size laptop tasks. Its very thin, impressively so

    -Hardware/Software included for price. DDR3 Ram, 7200rpm HDD, Windows 7 Premium. This is the smallest computer I could find that runs a full real version of Windows 7. Win7 basic in netbooks was not an option for me.

    -Stereo Microphone. The microphone array in the lid of this unit is the best ive ever heard. Ive interacted with hundreds of computers and laptops and this is as good as they get. PERFECT clarity

    -Keyboard. Middle of the road here. Not the best but not bad. Im typing fairly clean with it so no complaints so far. VERY minor flex.

    -Soundbar. Altec lansing soundbar built into the lower front. Sounds slightly above average and as long as your expectations arent too high on bass its very good. Some comparable computers sound like an AM radio. This is up there with full size premium notebooks.

    -Price. This computer is much lower cost than anything comparable in finish or function.


    -TouchPad. The touchpad is a chrome smooth finish which makes your finger almost stick to it as your moving it around. Buttons are much too hard to press and click. Fingerprints are a constant on the touchpad area. The multi-touch features are a gimmick at best and should be disabled. I have to agree that this is one of the worst touchpads ive ever come across. It seems to be standard for netbooks and small laptops. This should improve with time. Noones happy with the touchpads in most if not all the 10-13″ laptops I researched before buying. There is a bright white indicator for the touchpad that is an outrage. It reflects back onto the screen causing an artifact in what your trying to watch. Fixable but unexcusable. Red is off and bright white is on. Are you kidding me?

    -Screen. The Screen on this is like most smaller netbooks. Very poor viewing angle. When you hit the sweet spot it looks good. Its not anything spectacular and all the manufacturers have all kinds of names and distinctions for their screens all of which mean nothing. Most leave something to be desired. This is no mac book pro screen. FAR from it.

    -Battery Life. The advertised battery life is an absolute lie. To get anywhere in the realm of what they are claiming it would have to be in sleep mode untouched and even then its a reach. Under normal usage, video playback, web surfing etc, the battery life is just like a full frame laptop. 2 – 2.5 hours tops.

    -Plastic Trim. While the unit looks stellar theres a fake crome plastic trim that has poor fitting corner joints and takes away from the total build quality (Minor)

    Conclusion: I would buy this laptop again and would recommend it to a friend. Its only real drawback, the touchpad, is a mute issue for those of us that frequent a mouse. The touchpad is not enough of a drawback to not buy this fantastic computer. I did not test the webcam.

  4. Michael H. Le says:

    Review by Michael H. Le for HP Pavilion DM3-1040US 13.3-Inch Silver Laptop (Windows 7 Home Premium)
    Overall, this is a pretty nice laptop.. but there are a few glaring caveats. I’ll try to make this as short as possible.


    – Some good design attributes. From the aluminum lid/magnesium chassis (this is unique to the dm3, as in other laptops in this category are not constructed of the magnesium chassis). Keyboard is among the best i’ve ever used.

    – Great battery life (i can get 7-8 hours with screen brightness turned down.

    – Good webcam.

    – Screen is decent. Can’t complain about the brightness, and viewing angles are ok.


    – As some have noted, the touchpad when waking up from sleep/hibernation gets screwy. You can fix this issue with a bios flash (look for it on HP’s website).

    – Truncated up and down keys.

    – I *believe* the chassis is bigger than the category average. It also weighs about .7 lbs more than the acer 3810, and .5 lbs more than the asus ul30a.

    – Touchpad takes a while getting used to. If you press too hard, your fingers will smudge against the mirror finish. To correctly use it, try letting your fingers “hover” above the surface.. lightly touching it.

    Overall, I think the DM3 is a worthy purchase.. if you can deal with the laptop’s imperfections. Out of the Asus UL30A, Acer Timeline 3810, Lenovo U350, and Toshiba T135 (other laptops in the DM3’s category), I would rank the HP DM3 as a close 3rd to the Acer Timeline 3810.

  5. Kristin Borgman says:

    Review by Kristin Borgman for HP Pavilion DM3-1040US 13.3-Inch Silver Laptop (Windows 7 Home Premium)
    I bought a DM3 series computer in early December 2009. At first I was amazed at how great the system was. Then I found that it would freeze up every time I tried to close the lid and reopen it. This is pretty fundamental for a laptop, so I figured I had loaded something that was having a problem. After talking with HP tech support, however, I found out this is a known problem with the unit and that their solution was to shut the unit down every time you want to close it. Unbelieveable that they would ship it with this kind of known error!!


    Once they finally acknowledge this as a problem and they work on fixing it, it will be a great system. For now, however, don’t buy it unless you are willing to reset it every time you want to close it.