The HP m6-1045dx has a similar model number to the recently overviewed m6-1035dx, but these laptops are pretty much different in many aspects.
Although the HP m6-1045dx and 1035dx have the same 15.6″ screen size and shape since both belong to the new Pavilion m6 series, the former comes in silver color, while the latter is black. But, the differences are much more pronounced in internals. The m6-1045dx is based on Intel’s 3rd Generation Core i5-3210M “Ivy Bridge” dual-core processor with a PassMark benchmark score of 3,853 points, while its black counterpart is built around the AMD “Trinity” Quad-Core A10-4600M processing unit, scoring 5,067 points. The i5′s integrated graphics is from the HD 4000 series, whereas the A10 packs the Radeon HD 7660G, delivering much better graphics performance than its Intel counterpart, according to Notebook Check. So in terms of performance, the 1045dx appears to lag behind the 1035dx, which is a little bit odd since the models are priced at $729.99 and $649.99, respectively, and both have the same power consumption of 35W. Furthermore, the official battery life estimation is up to 8 hours and 45 minutes for the Intel and up to 9 hours for the AMD variant, so the 1035dx is also better here, at least on paper.
True, the Pavilion m6-1045dx does have slightly better other core specs, such as the 750GB hard drive and 8GB of RAM, up to 640GB and 6GB on the 1035dx. Other extras on the Intel variant are WiDi technology for wireless video streaming, Bluetooth, and a built-in fingerprint reader.
Both aluminum-clad Pavilions weigh 5.3 pounds and are 1-inch thin and both include keyboard backlight.
HP m6-1045dx Specifications
- Display: 15.6-inch LED-backlight glossy at 1366×768 pixels
- Processor: Intel Core i5-3210M dual-core 2.6-3.0GHz, 3MB L3 cache
- Graphics: Intel HD 4000
- Memory: 8GB DDR3
- Storage: 750GB 5,400rpm
- Optical Drive: DVD writer
- Webcam: HP TrueVision with mic
- Audio: stereo speakers and subwoofer, Beats Audio
- Network: 802.11n wireless, Gigabit LAN, Bluetooth, Intel Wireless Display (WiDi)
- Input: Chiclet keyboard with numeric pad and backlight, multi-touch trackpad, fingerprint reader
- Ports and Slots: 3 USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0, HDMI, VGA, media card reader
- Battery: Up to 8 hours and 45 minutes
- Dimensions: 14.9 x 9.9 x 1 inches
- Weight: 5.3 pounds
- OS: Windows 7 Home Premium
- Warranty: 1-year