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Hewlett Packard Pavilion DM1Z Fusion Ultraportable Review

A machine like this will be valued on long battery life so we will be testing the machine under several real world conditions today. As this machine is brand new, we used it for a few days, letting the battery die several times for a full recycle.

General Use

First we set the screen to just over mid way brightness and left wireless enabled – we then mirrored a mixture of general use ‘real world' conditions, such as answering email, writing documents, surfing the internet, watching some flash files and talking to colleagues on messenger.

High Definition Movies

Next we set the screen brightness to about three quarters maximum, but disabled wireless. We watched 720p High definition movie files until the machine switched off.

Miser Mode

This is a mode we have set up to maximise battery life. The screen brightness is set to the lowest setting with everything disabled, including bluetooth and wireless. It is not a really practical setting to be using, but we thought it would be interesting to include. sleep mode is disabled so the machine is forced to stay active in some state.

Considering the machine is only using a modest 4770mAh battery, these results are mighty impressive, almost lasting 7 hours under ‘normal', general use conditions. Watching High definition movies with a brighter screen setting we still managed to squeeze over 5 hours of use, which is fantastic.

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