System Build Quality and Design
The DM1 is not necessarily built any differently from any other HP laptop you’d find in their lineup. The difference, though, is that HP has decided to make their laptops easier to repair. As you’ll find with other future HP laptops, they have opted to make the entire bottom panel of the laptop easily removable which then gains you easy access to all of the critical components in the laptop. This not only will reduce the cost of servicing such a laptop, but it also lets consumers to possibly do more on their own. Furthermore, they decided to opt for a 180 degree rotating display which you won’t find on many laptops outside of Lenovo ThinkPads. Admittedly, the outside design isn’t anything revolutionary or different from their current generation of laptops as we’ve seen this sort of design in the past… but the DM1 is still a very unique system that picks strengths from both laptops and netbooks and chooses them in the right way to create a very whole solution.Easy access components as you can see above. There's even room for a broadband modem.
Not-so-matching sticks of RAM.
Also, due to the thinness of the DM1, we were able to replace our notepad in our leather planner book with the DM1. So instead of carrying around a pen and paper inside of the leather planner, we carried around a pen and the Dm1. Needless to say, some people were pleasantly surprised to see us pull out a laptop from inside of a leather planner.Showing the relative thickness as well as the HDMI and USB ports.
The laptop shown at its thickest point, note the charging port, Kensington Lock port, and heatsink vents.
The other ports on the DM1 show a headphone jack, two more USB ports, a VGA port, and a covered RJ-45 ethernet port.
The DM1 we received was fairly minimal on the side of accessories, we did receive a BluRay drive (external) with the DM1 but those aren’t available now when you try to configure a DM1 on HP’s website. You’ll also get the standard 6-Cell battery and power charger along with the manual and installation CDs.
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