Gateway Introduces the LT2000 Netbook

Gateway Introduces the LT2000 Netbook
By , Last updated on: 12/3/2014


Years ago, Gateway was known for their computer showcase stores and their quaint cow-patterned boxes. After a streak of bad luck that led the once popular and prosperous company retreated somewhat, but they're still out there plugging away in the hopes of recapturing past glories.

The Gateway LT2000 is the brand's second attempt at a netbook. The first try, the Gateway LT3100, had an AMD processor at its core. This time around, they've opted to go with an Intel Atom N270 processor, which is relatively common among netbooks, so performance-wise, the LT2000 should be roughly on par with competition from Asus, Acer, and MSI. The processor checks in at 1.6Ghz, fairly speedy, certainly enough to handle most netbook tasks.

The LT2000 netbook has just about everything you'd expect from a computer of this type. It features a 10.1-inch LED-backlight display with a roomy native resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels. Under the hood, you'll find the aforementioned Atom processor, as well as a 160GB, 5400RPM hard disk drive, with plenty of capacity for files and media. The LT2000 includes 1GB of RAM; it's not clear whether this can be expanded. Fun perks include a built-in webcam, stereo speakers, and a media card reader for quick access to digital photos or other files.

One caveat: the LT2000 only comes with a three-cell battery, which will only support the netbook for about three hours of unplugged useage. The choice of a smaller battery is no doubt to keep the weight down. The LT2000 weighs in at 2.62 pounds, average for a netbook.

It's nice to see a little competition in the netbook space, however the design and specifications of the LT2000 are becoming pretty standard. Nobody is truly mixing it up and the configuration is becoming tedious. Perhaps in the next few months, someone will come along and shake up the market, but until then you've got your choice between a whole host of similar products. The LT2000 has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $299.99.


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