By their very nature, lightweight notebooks spend a lot of time on your lap, so you want a system that won’t scorch your legs while you work. The 3.4-pound HP Pavilion dm1 uses CoolSense technology to automatically ramp up the fan based on whether you’re using the notebook on your lap or on a desk. After we streamed a Hulu video at full screen for 15 minutes, the touchpad, G and H keys, and underside of the notebook measured 76, 78, and 77 degrees, respectively. Those are the coolest temperatures we saw all year. This AMD Fusion notebook’s more than 6.5 hours of battery life and $399 starting price solidify the dm1 as an all-around winner.
Starting at $399; www.hp.com