Gateway MC series: The best deal on a 16-inch notebook?

Gateway MC series: The best deal on a 16-inch notebook?

Summary: Gateway announced its MC series notebook in late October, but so far it has received little coverage aside from Laptop Magazine's review. The MC series is one of several recent laptops with 16-inch widescreen displays geared toward entertainment.

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Gateway announced its MC series notebook in late October, but so far it has received little coverage aside from Laptop Magazine's review. The MC series is one of several recent laptops with 16-inch widescreen displays geared toward entertainment.

Like other Gateway notebooks and desktops, the MC series competes by selling above average specs at below average prices, in this case $1,000 or less. But the MC series doesn't look like a bargain basement box (for that, check out the new $430 eMachines eMD620-5777). Instead the MC series has nice touches such as an edge-to-edge display (1,366x768), illuminated keyboard and touch media controls, ambient light sensor and an attractive industrial design.

There are two configurations. The Gateway MC7801u has a 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T5800, 4GB of memory, Intel integrated graphics, a 320GB hard drive, multi-format DVD drive and Vista Home Premium 64-bit with SP1 for $950. It comes in burgundy with brushed metal palm rest. The step-up Gateway MC7803u, which has a shiny black case and leather palm rest, adds ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3650 graphics with 512MB and sells for $1,000. Both are now available in stores.

As Laptop Magazine points out, those configurations are about $200 to $300 less than direct competitors such as the HP HDX 16 and Sony VAIO FW series. Though it's a bit heavy for its class, Laptop Magazine concludes the MC series could be a "game-changer" for Gateway with its stylish design, stunning display and above average battery life.

Gateway MC series

Topics: Hardware, Laptops, Mobility

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  • Great looking laptops, but...

    ...4 out of 5 come with Vista Home Premium 64-bit.

    This is a very bad idea, what with there still being a lack of 64-bit support for far too many pieces of legacy hardware, not too mention applications.

    We run into this issue with many students at our universtiy. They are unaware of what they are purchasing, until it is too late. We have a lot of proprietary programs that will not run on 64-bit OSes.
    IT_Guy_z
  • And it's a Gateway...

    Have things changed drastically for the company in terms of quality and support in the last few years? I haven't fussed with GW for some time after a couple fairly dismal experiences.

    Chris Dawson
    mrdatahs
  • Inadequate display.

    768 pixels in the height simply isn't enough.
    This machine would be annoying to live with.
    peter_erskine@...
  • RE: Gateway MC series: The best deal on a 16-inch notebook?

    If you want 32bit there are cheaper configurations anyway, so (and I don't mean this offensively) that just means you have stupid students that impulse buy.
    shadfurman
  • RE: Gateway MC series: The best deal on a 16-inch notebook?

    I just bought a brand new HP with penryn (going off memory I thing thats a memron) an nVidia 9200 GS (low end, but still faster than intel IGA) wireless-n, remote, ect... for only $899. Granted it was on sale, but still... way better deal. The only bad part is with the stock battery I'm only able to get about 3 hours of batt. on power save mode. (did I mention it has the cool copper intersect imprint finish)
    shadfurman
  • The real "Problem"... It's a Gateway !!!

    The final "gateway" straw for me came about a month ago. I tried to convert a Gateway laptop that had Vista installed to an XP Pro machine for a friend.
    It wasn't possible. Absolutely nothing would allow this conversion. I did it all. Slipstreaming the OS and Drivers and anything and everything else you can possibly think of.

    So here's a "bottom line" suggestion: Make sure the PC is exactly what you want from the get go. Find out everything you can about the PC and don't be satisfied with the "on the surface specs". If you think you might want a different OS on your PC, make sure the PC will READILY accept the installation of the "other than Vista" OS. Additionally, if you really want a Gateway product, make sure other than Gateway replacement parts/hardware will fit the PC.

    And BTW... Gateway was absolutely the most uncooperative manufacturer I've ever dealt with in trying to solve the OS issue.

    Just a heads up folks! If you "go Gateway"... Good Luck !!!
    rwbyshe@...
    • Vista to XP

      I have a Toshiba 17" X205 series with the same problem. Toshiba stated that do not, and will not do drivers for XP for this machine. I'm now running KIWI Linux (Ubuntu derived - with all codecs, and free) and all is well, including a/b/g wireless and HD audio. I'll never run Windows again!
      1djk1