Some folks in the ultraportable world have been waiting for a company to build a truly powerful portable system on AMD’s Neo platform…and Hewlett-Packard may finally have done it in the form of its Pavilion dm1z ultraportable. Although you’d never know it from HP, the system is now available from HP’s online store and to retailers, sporting a front just barely over three-quarters of an inch thick and a total weight under 3.24 pounds.
The Pavilion dm1z is available with a choice of an AMD Athlon II Neo K125 processor running at 1.7 GHz, an AMD Athlon II Neo Dual-Core K325 processor running at 1.3 GHz, or an AMD Turion II Neo Dual-Core K625 processor running at 1.5Ghz, al;l paired with ATI mobility Radeon HD 4225 graphics driving an 11.6-=inch 1,366 by 7689-pixel display and an HDMI output. The system sports 2 GB of RAM (and supports up to 5 GB), up to 500 GB of hard drive storage (an SSD available as an option). The unit doesn’t sport an internal optical drive—most ultraportables don’t—but external DVD±RW and Blu-ray drives are available. The Pavilion dm1z comes with 802.11n Wi-Fi and optional Bluetooth, 100Base-T Ethernet, 5-in-1 media card reader, an integrated webcam, and a six-cell battery HP says will power the unit for up to 7 hours. The system sports three USB 2.0 ports plus VGA and HDMI output.
Pricing on the Pavilion dm1z starts at $449.99, although options of course ramp up the price a little bit. But for folks looking for a sleek Neo-driven ultraportable, HP might finally be in the game.