July 5, 2011 By Kristy Fifelski
What's your favorite conference laptop? Is the iPad sufficient? I've had trouble finding the perfect laptop solution for government conferences and training activities, as an attendee or speaker. Finding something tiny and portable was easy enough, but like Tim the Toolman Taylor, I just needed more power! I saw an article on Wired.com for the HP Pavilion dm1 a while back, and I finally decided to take the plunge. My review shows that it just might be the perfect blend of portability and power. I'm calling it a "lapbook" because it's a great cross between the slimness of a netbook and the strength of a laptop.
Note: I upgraded my HP a bit. For instance, two gigs RAM is standard; mine is four. I forgot to mention that a six cell battery comes standard, but don't expect it to last 9.5 hours like HP says. Maybe if it's sitting dormant. Mine gives me up to 5 hours, depending on what I'm doing.
Customize your own HP Pavilion dm1 on HP's website.
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Kristy is known as "GovGirl" in the government technology industry. She is a former city government web manager who has a passion for social media, technology and the lighter side of government life.
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