I get asked to review a lot of things, but I only say yes to products that meet the following criteria: 1) it’s something I would actually use and tell my friends about, and 2) the company will give the product to one of my readers. I was thrilled when my buddies at Hewlett Packard asked me to review their HP Pavilion dm1 with AMD VISION Technology – and they said I could give one away, too!

This is a sweet little computer, you guys. It’s small like a netbook (it fits in the diaper bag and only weighs three pounds), but it has the power of a laptop.

This computer does everything I need it to do – process pictures, play music, and run all my social media programs – oh, and it does it while I’m blogging. Obviously I’m tech savvy, so to get a more “average Joe” opinion, I had my mom use it a few different times. Her observations:

“The computer moves very fast. It’s very lightweight and portable, which is great when I’m moving around for my eBay stuff or when I want to show Annie a video. The keyboard was easy on my arthritis, and scrolling on the touchpad was easy. The volume and brightness controls at the top are a revelation! Now I don’t have to go into the control panel! And did I mention how lightweight it is? I love that!”

It’s so fun if you read that in the voice of a lady from Boston. Even though she’s from LA.

A few things that are absolutely worth mentioning – up to 9.5 hours of battery life, a standard keyboard, and a built-in webcam. But easily the coolest (pun) thing the dm1 has is CoolSense technology. The laptop knows if the notebook is on your lap or the counter top and adjusts its temperature accordingly. No more burned laps!

Alright people – here’s the part you really want to know. To enter to win, please leave ONE comment per person, per IP address, PER EMAIL ADDRESS (seriously, just enter once) telling me what you’d use the computer for. It can be anything. The contest will go until Thursday April 28th at midnight Pacific time. Winner will be chosen via Random.Org and announced on Friday the 29th. And sorry, this giveaway is only open to US Residents.

The dm1 is available at HP Home & Home Office now at a starting price of $449.99.

Disclaimer: HP provided the computer for my review, but did not pay for or influence my opinion in any way.

Good luck everyone!


The winner is Jennifer, who is going to give the computer to her daughter to do her homework. Congrats!

Thank you everyone for entering!