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HP Announces Updates And Spec Bumps For Pavilion And ENVY Notebook PCs

It may only be the fifth day of 2011, but it is clear that HP is already gunning up for an even greater share of the notebook market this year. The American OEM has just announced its plans to update its existing line of Pavilion and ENVY notebooks with new technologies and hardware in a bid to “provide exceptional user experience”.

In today’s highly connected world, it no longer makes much sense for users to confine their computing time solely to the desktop PC. Indeed, with various options such as GPRS, 3G and public WiFi available for connecting to the online world while on the move, notebooks are rapidly replacing the desktop PC as the computer of choice for their mainstream PC needs.

Of course, it also goes without saying that notebook PCs are generally much weaker that their desktop counterparts in terms of raw power. However, HP is looking to minimize the performance gap with its updated notebook lines, which boast new technology and hardware to greatly enhance the end-user experience.

HP Pavilion dm1

Just because a certain notebook looks and feels like a netbook does not mean it has to perform like one. According to HP, the updated HP Pavilion dm1 strikes a fine balance between performance and mobility and is designed to cater to users who seek a reasonable balance between both extremes.

Like the earlier dm1 notebooks before it, the updated HP Pavilion dm1 features a HD-capable screen which can produce a native resolution of 1366 x 768. However, HP claims that it has added a new piece of technology known as HP CoolSense Technology, which makes use of a combination of both hardware cooling technology and software to adjust the notebook’s cooling levels exactly to a user’s preferences.

The processor has also been given a little boost; HP claims that the updated Pavilion dm1 makes use of AMD’s new Fusion APU (which we strongly suspect to be the new Zacate processor) which combines both the CPU and the GPU intro a single die. This new APU is reportedly capable of hardware-accelerating full-HD movies while consuming very little power, thus allowing the dm1 to reach up to 10.7 hours of battery life on a single charge. Last but not least, the dm1 also comes with a 750GB hard disk, which should be more than enough for most typical users.

The HP Pavilion dm1 is expected to be available from mid January in select Asia Pacific countries with a starting price of US$449.99

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