Last Updated Feb. 8, 2010By Johanna Maaghul
Gateway was a late entrant into the portable computing market, standing loyally by desktop machines for a long time. They seem to have accepted the inevitable shriveling of the desktop market and have focused on refining their notebooks over the past few years.
Gateway continues to upgrade its design creating sleek and stylish machines that hold up over the long haul and offer continued consistency in their delivery of reliable and versatile machines. Gateway’s recent introduction into netbooks (who hasn't entered the netbook market besides Apple?) came with great new look and feel that has out-styled many of its competitors. Here are some highlights among their current lineup.
LT Netbook: More Than a Toy
With the arrival of the netbooks onto the market, there has been some disappointment around the overall design and look of these machines. Gateway has managed to create one, however, that brings some new dignity, design-wise, to the netbook genre. The LT provides a very slick looking design and is probably the least ‘toy-like’ of all of the netbooks on the market. Its wide screen and durable and easy-to-use keyboard feel like you are getting closer to the features of a real laptop than the experience many netbooks give that holds them closer to the Leapfrog machines than to real computers. For $299, the Gateway LT2108u
offers a 1.6 GHz Atom Pine Trail processor, a 10-inch display, 160 MB hard drive, more than 8 hours of battery life, and a total weight of less than 3 pounds. Standard guts for a netbook, but the selling point here should be the design.
NV Series: For The Casual Business or At-Home User
Starting at under $500, the Gateway NV series is the perfect machine for someone on a budget who won't be using the machine for gaming or for serious software development, but would like a solid, fast machine to use for Microsoft Office tasks, email, and general internet use. With a great high-resolution screen and built-in webcam, this machine is a strong choice for the money and, at just under 7 pounds, not too heavy (at just under 7 lbs). It also offers great durability and a comfortable keyboard. Try the Gateway NV NV5207u
with a respectable 2.1 GHz Dual Core processor, 4 GB RAM, 15.5-inch screen, and 320 GB hard drive for $499.
P Series: Fully Equipped for Gaming and Beyond
This line of machines features a 17-inch display to view more of your games, movies, videos and photos than you could on Gateway’s more affordable lines. But for the money, you'll be pleasantly surprised by the power and durability of this machine. The P series promises to provide a stable and robust environment for gaming, video editing and software development alike. The wide, clear screen and full keyboard offer a user-friendly workspace for any of your more than photo-editing and internet-surfing activities. The additional hard-drive slot will allow you to double your gaming capacity as well. The base-model Gateway P-7807u FX
comes equipped with a 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor, 4 GB RAM, a 17-inch screen, NVIDIA GeForce 9800M graphics card, and 320 GB hard drive for $1,099. We wouldn't be surprised to see a processor upgrade in this line sometime soon.