Sunday, April 17, 2011

HP Pavilion dm1z vs Toshiba NB550D Netbook Review



HP Pavilion dm1z vs Toshiba NB550D Netbook Review







This review is about comparing both the HP dm1z and the Toshiba NB550D, I will evaluate both netbook on some set criteria and decide the winner of the criteria and the overall winner at the end of this review.

Of course the comments made here are entirely mine and you may have a different idea of the same thing.

The format will be similar to below..


Evaluation Criteria:
HP dm1z:
Details
Toshiba NB550D
Details
Comments:
Comments
Score:
dm1z:0/NB550D:0



HP Pavilion dm1z vs Toshiba NB550D Netbook Review Knock out round!


CPU/Graphics:
HP dm1z:
Uses the AMD Fusion E-350 APU running at 1.6Ghz
Total TDP is 18watts
ATI Raedon HD 6310 graphics on CPU die.

Toshiba NB550D
Uses the AMD Fusion C-50 APU running at 1.0Ghz
Total TDP is 9 watts.
TI Raedon HD 6310 graphics on CPU die.

Comments:
Based on specifications, the winner is obviously dm1z with faster processor and better graphics, however, Toshiba NB550D uses C-50 chip which only has 9Watts TDP. This is expecially good for people who prefer portability and long battery life.

Score:
dm1z:1/NB550D:0


Size/Design of the netbook:

HP dm1z:
The dm1z is obviously bigger in size, the battery can be seen protruding out, but it is not ugly at all. It has nice curves and good design patterns on the top of the netbook

Toshiba NB550D
The Toshiba NB550D is smaller and looks like designed for a traditional look. It ha s a pokka-dotted matt finishing on the top that does not attracts any finger prints.


Comments:
I think both are quite good in size and design, however, I am going to go with Toshiba because it's much smaller and therefore easier to Carry.

Score:
dm1z:1/NB550D:1

Power Adaptor:
HP dm1z:
65Watts Medium Sized Power Adaptor. 
Cables Feels solid.

Toshiba NB550D
30Watts Small Size Power Adaptor
Cables feel skinny.

Comments:
While the adaptor provided by dm1z feels really normal, Toshiba has provided a smaller sized power adaptor, it's actually quite good for frequent travellers as it takes up less size together with the skinny cables. I like the Toshiba one better.

Score:
dm1z:1/NB550D:2


Screen Size:
HP dm1z:
11.6" 1366 x 768 High Resolution Screen.
Screen flips all the way to the back as seen on photos.

Toshiba NB550D
10.1" 1024 x 600 Resolution
Screen does not flip all the way to the back.

Comments:
From the looks of the specs the dm1z easily wins the trophy in this section, however, even though Toshiba has a 1024 x 600 resolution screen, this is actually very well though of. This resolution size makes the fonts and icons bigger and hence enhances readability for a netbook with a small screen. However, better hardware always wins, plus the screen flips all the way down which is quite a useful feature. So the dm1z wins. 

Score
dm1z:2/NB550D:2


Keyboard:
HP dm1z:
Chiclet style keyboard, has a nice feel, easy to type. 
Keys are large enough for typing. Excellent keyboard.
Some keys like Pg up/page down are missing
Up/Down arrow keys are position in a different way.

Toshiba NB550D

Normal syle keyboard with large keys. 
Arrows keys are position the way they are supposed to be, page up/down / home keys are there
Numeric keypad available by pressing fn key which is the usual stuff.

Comments:
This is quite a difficult category to decide as both have keyboards that are excellent to the touch. However, I think Toshiba has it this time as it gives a more traditional keyboard for which I am expecting and the arrow keys are well positioned to where I think it should be and helps in playing games as well.

Score:
dm1z:2/NB550D:3


Touch pad:
HP dm1z:


The dm1z has a new kind of touch pad where the buttons are integrated with the touch pad.
It is reasonably large in size and the buttons are separated by a raised ridge, while I do not have any difficulties in using this, sometimes I may have problems when trying to do a right click. The touch pad might be thinking that I am trying to do a two finger gesture.

The touch pad is also sunken slightly so that it will not contact with the palms like some touch pad do. This makes typing easier.


Toshiba NB550D

The Toshiba has a more traditional feel kind of touchpad, the buttons are separate and does what it is supposed to do.  I think that it is a little small, however, it is useful for my needs.

Comments:
This is quite a difficult decision to make, however, I am going with the Toshiba as it has more traditional touchpad with the standard 2 buttons. 


dm1z:2/NB550D:5

Web Camera:
HP dm1z:

The webcam is 0.3mp, and is pretty standard, I am not really a fan of webcam but it can be useful sometimes.

Toshiba NB550D

This is a standard 0.3mp webcam which is pretty standard,


Comments:
Nothing much here, I don't use web cam much, so I guess this is a tie.

dm1z:2/NB550D:5



Speakers:
HP dm1z:
Altec Lansing speakers here with Dolby Advanced Audo. It output nice sound and is not soft. Excellent Speakers.


Toshiba NB550D
harman/kardon speakers here, with Dolby Advanced Audio as well, as you can see the speaker is really big and I would image that it will be more capable of handling any sound confidently


Comments:
Both speakers are nice and loud, but I prefer the speakers on the Toshiba as it is bigger and gives me more assurance that it will work better.

Score:
dm1z:2/NB550D:6



Ram / Hard disk:

HP dm1z:

Ram: 3gb DDR 3 with 2 slots
Hdd: 320Gb Seagate momentus 7200.7 

Toshiba NB550D
Ram: 1gb DDR3 with 1 slot
HDD: Toshiba 250gb 5400rpm

Comments:
Usually ram and hdd are user upgradable, so it dose not really matter if it comes with 1gb or 4gb, 5400rpm or 7200rpm, hdd. however, Toshiba only has 1 memory slot which seriously limit it's upgrade functions. It's true that even with 1slot, it can be upgraded to 4gb ram as well, however, one need to get 1x4gb ram for it as compared to getting 2x 2gb which saves money eventually. For this reason, dm1z wins in this section. 

Score:
dm1z:3/NB550D:6



User upgradability:
HP dm1z:


HP has well thought up the upgradable functions of this netbook, it can be easily be upgraded by just removing the battery and unlatch the bottom cover without undoing any screws!


Toshiba NB550D

Ram and HDD upgrade is accessed by undoing 2 screws at the bottom of the cover, once this is opened, hdd and ram are easily to reach to. HDD connection is a direct sata connection that require no additional wires.

Comments:
Both netbooks are easy to upgrade, however, dm1z uses no screws and the bottom cover is only secured with plastic latches. I am not too sure the durability of the plastic latches, will they break down with repeated use? I prefer traditional screws that secure and fasten every thing together. For this reason, Toshiba wins this section.

Score:
dm1z:3/NB550D:7



Video connectivity:
HP dm1z:

The dm1z has one additional VGA port this is extremely useful if there is a need to connect to older style vga projectors or vga monitor. It also has HDMI port to connect to newer devices like LCD or plasma TV. 
This is also capable of displaying Full HD Resolution when connected by HDMI.

Toshiba NB550D

The Toshiba only has HDMI port for connecting to external video devices. 
It is also capable of displaying in Full HD resolution when connected by HDMI

Comments:

The dm1z wins here because of the additional vga ports that gives it extra connectivity, however, I don't think missing out on the VGA is any big deal as HDMI is more important now for future use :)

Score:
dm1z:4/NB550D:7



Multimedia play back capability:

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Comments:
I don't see any difference when conducting this test, so I give it a tie

Score:
dm1z:4/NB550D:7


Overall:

I think the Toshiba is the winner here from my review, I like it because it's basically small and light and has a more traditional feel.

I think that the HP dm1z is good as well, but it is more innovative and has alot of new features which might take some time for the consumer to get used to.

Both netbooks are good and excellent in their own right, but I choose to the Toshiba as it has the features that I am more familar with

Thanks for reading and more pictures below:


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HP Pavilion dm1z 11.6" AMD Dual-Core FUSION Processor E-350+AMD Radeon HD 6310M Discrete-Class Graphics, 3GB DDR3 RAM, 320GB 7200RPM Hard Drive


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HP Pavilion dm1z 11.6" AMD Dual-Core FUSION Processor E-350+AMD Radeon HD 6310M Discrete-Class Graphics, 3GB DDR3 RAM, 320GB 7200RPM Hard Drive

2 comments:

  1. Thanks for review! I'm waiting for my dm1Z. I always had HP and I saw this one and I'm pretty good at tackling "new features". My Ipad fell in the water :0( so I needed something that it did and then some. Having mobile broadband module installed on it. A friend mentioned Toshiba and I goggled reviews and checked yours out. Very through!

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  2. Thanks for your feedback! It's very encouraging! I hope to continue writing more reviews as AMD releases more APUs..

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