Newbie Needs Review of Laptop Specifications

Gateway Laptop with intel core i3 proces...
April 16, 2010 at 16:02:50
Specs: Windows 7, Sony Vaio/512Ram
I found this Gateway Laptop
on sale for $749. Will you review the below specifics and advise if this would be a good purchase or not.

Also, under "Key Specifications" , the second bullet item, it states that it is "not upgradeable". Is
that a problem?

Gateway 15.6" LCD Core i3, 4GB RAM 500GB HD Laptop Computer with 2-Year Warranty. The Intel Core i3 processor with Hyper-Threading Technology enables each core of your processor to work on 2 tasks at the same time, providing optimal performance for smart multitasking. The more powerful 4GB memory delivers crisp visuals for graphic-rich applications and your next-generation games. Amazingly, all these enhancements use less power so you can extend your battery life - and your fun!

Gateway 15.6" LCD Core i3, 4GB RAM 500GB HD Laptop Computer Features:

• 15.6" High-Def LED-backlit screen - enjoy games, movies and more in true cinematic 16:9 widescreen splendor; features an exceptional 1366 x 768 native resolution
• Intel Graphics Media Accelerator HD - provides superb visual performance for sharper images, richer color and life-like audio and video; watch movies and videos in HD, play popular game titles and get full support for Windows 7
• HDMI port - allows a single cable to transmit uncompressed high-definition video to your HDTV (cable sold separately)
• Integrated webcam - have video chats with friends; shoot and store photos and videos, then send them to anyone across the world
• Microsoft Windows 7 operating system - boasts faster boot times and simplifies everyday tasks
• Norton Security Trial - get a 60-day tryout of Norton's newest solution for antivirus, antispyware, antiphishing, website authentication and more
• Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007 - comes with a free 60-day trial of Microsoft's indispensable Office 2007 suite
• Sleek case design - color accents, rounded edges and subtle hinge placement of the power button; enjoy trendsetting design

Key Specifications:
• Processor: Intel Core i3-330M - 2.13GHz with Intel Hyper-Threading Technology
• Memory: 4096MB Dual-Channel DDR3 1066MHz; not upgradeable
• Hard Drive: 500GB SATA (5400RPM)
• Optical Drive: DVD-Super Multi double-layer drive (plays and records all standard DVD and CD formats)
• Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium
• LCD Monitor: 15.6" HD WXGA Ultrabright LED-backlit display; 1366 x 768 resolution; 16:9 aspect ratio
• Media Card Reader: Multi-in-1 Digital Card Reader - Secure Digital (SD) Card, MultiMediaCard (MMC), Reduced-Size Multimedia Card (RS-MMC), Memory Stick (MS), Memory Stick PRO (MS PRO), xD-Picture Card (xD)
• Other Differentiator: Integrated Webcam, PowerSave Button, MyBackup Button and Dedicated Numeric Keypad
Additional Product Specifications:
• System Bus: 1066MHz
• Cache Memory: 3MB L2 cache
• Graphics: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator HD
• Video Memory: Up to 128MB, supporting Microsoft DirectX 10
• Pointing Device: Gateway EZ Pad touchpad
• Sound System: 2 built-in speakers with 2nd Generation Dolby Sound Room Audio Enhancement, featuring Dolby Headphone, Dolby Natural Bass and Dolby Sound Space Expander; (1) Headphone/speaker jack, (1) Microphone-in Jack
• Ports: (3) USB 2.0, (1) HDMI, (1) VGA Connector, (1) Kensington Lock Slot, (1) AC Adapter Connector
• Network Adapter: 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN
• Wireless Network Adapter: 802.11 b/g/Draft-N Wi-Fi Certified
• Battery Life: Up to 4 hours
• Measures approx. 14.99"W x 9.96"D x 1.46"H
• Weighs 5.72 lbs.
• Model #: NV-59C04u
• ETL listed
• Made in China
• Comes with a manufacturer's 2-year limited warranty
Accessories Included:
• PC Essentials 17 Standard software DVD
• 6-cell Li-ion battery
• Power cord
• Quick start guide
• User manual (stored on laptop)
Pre-Installed Software:
• Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007 and Money Essentials (60-day trial period)
• Microsoft Works
• Adobe Reader
• Adobe Flash
• CyberLink DVD Solution featuring PowerDVD and Power2Go
• Google Toolbar
• Norton Internet Security 2010 (60-day trial)
• Gateway MyBackup Solution
• Gateway Recovery Management
• Gateway Games Powered by WildTangent (pre-installed with 10 demo games and 60 minutes of game play)
PC Essentials 17 Standard Software DVD:
• 2009 World Book Encyclopedia
• ACDSee Photo Manager 2009
• Aquazone Desktop Garden
• Cookn' with Betty Crocker
• Digital TV 4 PC 2
• Family Tree Heritage
• Hallmark Scrapbook Studio Deluxe
• Honestech Easy Video Editor 3.0
• Hoyle Card Games
• Hoyle Puzzle and Board Games
• Turbo Backup 7.2
• Stuffit Deluxe 2009
• Sunbird Calendar
• Thunderbird Email
• TurboFloorPlan 3D Home and Landscape Deluxe

Thanks for your help. Hopefully, someone can answer ASAP so I don't lose the sale!

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April 17, 2010 at 15:35:22
Hi, I also was thinking about buying this laptop. It is the special
value for HSN today. Did you get an answer as to if it is worth
it? I don't know much about computers, so I can't help you. The
way they talk on HSN, it sounds real good. Nancy

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April 29, 2010 at 09:50:02
No, I haven't gotten any replys, but I spoke with a guy who is an IT tech and he didn't think it was worth it. He says you could go to the Gateway site and get the same thing almost for under $600. I checked gateway's site and they do look a little cheaper. I wanted to use my HSN because I don't have anything charged on that card! Plus on HSN it is a 2-yr, warranty, but on gateway site all of them only offer a 1-yr warranty. I'm still thinking about getting the one on HSN.

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