Design and build: a comfortable keyboard, but the touchpad coating needs a 2nd look.The laptop hood and interior are covered with a champagne finish. The plastic around the screen is glossy black however and particularly sensitive to finger marks. You'll need to keep your mitts off, if you want it to retain its elegance!
The keyboard offers supple, comfortable and relatively quiet keying. Users who touch type won't be perturbed: all the keys are in the right places. Apart from the fact that they're backlit, the only other remark to be made is that there's a little play on the keys, which contrasts with the rest of the device's excellent finish.
The touchpad takes up more than a quarter of the available surface under the keyboard. Although there's no problem with precision, the glide is another story. Your finger sticks slightly when you run it over the surface. And this feels rather strange on the end of your finger.
It looks as if HP has used the same webcam as on the dm1-1010ef. It gives mediocre results. It lacks fluidity and clarity. Contrast is poor and the colours lack brightness.
In terms of connectivity, there are 3 USB 2.0 ports, an HDMI, a VGA, a 5-in-1 memory card reader, an RJ45 (Gigabit Ethernet), a headphones and a mic socket. Bluetooth is also included, as is Wi-Fi n. As they couldn't fit a DVD player in the dm1, HP has supplied an external DVD rewriter that you can plug into a USB socket.
There's a panel under the PC for access to the RAM, the hard drives and the Wi-Fi card. No direct access to the fan however, which means it'll be impractical to clean.
2 USB 2.0 ports, headphones/mic socket, VGA out , RJ45, card reader
|Access to RAM, hard drive and wi-fi card||
Charger, USB port and HDMI out
Processing: office docs at best
HD 1080p playback is quite laborious, with or without assitance from the graphics chipset. For best quality then, limit yourself to 720p videos.
3D gaming: a few old titles no more
As with gaming on netbooks, gaming on the dm1-2010sf is only for enthusiasts. Recent games are completely out of reach.
Audio: not bad!
Easy to carry around but low battery life
Its reduced dimensions and weight (1.5 kg) mean you can easily carry it around in a rucksack or bag, or even, a big handbag!
- Comfortable keyboard
- Panel for access to RAM, hard drive and the Wifi card
- HD-Ready screen (1366 x 768)
- Glossy poor quality screen
- Single core CPU
- Poor webcam
In terms of performance, HP would have been better advised to leave the dm1-2010sf in the netbook category rather than with the ultra-portables. It will handle internet browsing and office doc work ok, but for anything more you'll need a more robust configuration.