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HP upgrades Pavilion dm4, mixes in a Beats Edition and X7000 Touch Mouse

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Details on the new HP Pavilion dm4, dm4 Beats Edition, and HP X7000 Touch Mouse.

HP Pavilion dm4
HP Pavilion dm4

HP's high-end Envy and Folio 13 laptops may be the stars of today's launch, but the company's not forgetting about the budget-conscious — it's also launching the $630 Pavilion dm4, a mid-range laptop for the average Joe. The new dm4 is a small upgrade in terms of specs to the existing dm4, but there are some significant exterior changes. The 4.5-pound laptop still has a 14-inch, 1366 x 768 display, but it now comes with a brushed aluminum or steel gray finish, a subwoofer, and an optional backlit keyboard. We've got a full list of specs right here (or at least what HP's given us so far), and the starting configuration will come with a Core i3 processor, 6GB of RAM, and a 640B hard drive.

However, if the average Joe (or Jane) happens to be a music fan, there's also the dm4 Beats Edition. While Beats Audio enhancements are included in the regular dm4 model too, the Beats Edition is one extreme visual overhaul — it adds a Beats logo, a red keyboard backlight, and a Beats wallpaper. You can also buy special Beats headphones to match the computer, but that's a separate bundle. Only the truest of Beats fans need apply, though, for a $200 more then the standard dm4, you get a faster Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 750GB hard drive.

The black-and-red Beats aesthetic also made its way into the new HP X7000 Touch Mouse. Uniquely, the mouse connects to your computer via Wi-Fi — there's no dongle, it uses software to pair via Wi-Fi. Subsequently, HP says that increases battery life (up to nine months) and you'll need Windows 7 to make the connection. The X7000 also has a dedicated Facebook button, which lets you upload things or go to Facebook with one click — it's like the HTC Status of computer mice. The mouse hits later this month for $50, while both dm4 models go on sale December 18th.