Gateway introduces 10.1-inch LT41P04u budget laptop

Gateway introduces 10.1-inch LT41P04u budget laptop

Summary: In an age of hybrid tablet/notebooks and Ultrabooks, Gateway releases what's essentially a $329.99 Windows 8 netbook.

TOPICS: Laptops, Mobility

Remember Gateway? Not so long ago, it was Avis to Dell's Hertz in the direct PC sales market. But while Dell has managed to remain in the public eye, Gateway has receded after being acquired by Acer several years ago. It still releases desktops and laptops, but that's not exactly the cutting edge of computing these days.

Exhibit A is its latest product: the LT41P04u, a 10.1-inch laptop with a modest Intel Celeron processor and a $329.99 price tag. You'd be forgiven if you thought that sounded like a netbook, that small, cheap laptop category that swept the PC industry a few years ago. That is, until the first iPad was released.

One of the first casualties of the tablet revolution was the humble netbook, which promised convenient Internet access in a tiny package. Unfortunately, the iPad and subsequent tablets delivered much of the same thing -- in a more convenient, tinier package. Gateway dabbled in the Android tablet realm briefly, but wisely cut its losses in an extremely cutthroat market.

In an era of Ultrabooks and other ultra-thin, but decently spec'd and affordable laptops (not to mention convertible notebooks that can switch between tablet and laptop modes), the LT41P04u -- with its humble components (2GB of RAM, 320GB hard drive, 1,366x768 screen resolution) -- seems a bit like a relic. Sure its display is touch-screen enabled, not surprising given that it runs Windows 8, and it weighs just 2.38 pounds. But there's a reason that pretty much the only similar systems are based on Google's Chromebook platform. (The Asus 1015E is a notable exception.)

To be fair, Chromebooks are starting to show signs of life after starting slowly out of the gate. Then again, they are not running a full version of Windows 8 with budget specs. Can the LT41P04u prove that the netbook concept is still viable in 2013 running Windows 8? Do you have any interest in a 10-inch budget laptop? Let us know in the Talkback section.

[Via Liliputing]

Topics: Laptops, Mobility

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  • It has a touchscreen?

    Then I am interested and my workplace will be as well.
    Most of our work is data entry with some spreadsheets. Hook this up to our present monitors, maybe hood up the keyboards/mouse as well and we have our updates for our XP systems, with built in UPS.
  • Touchscreen makes no sense....

    As with other products in this category I ask the question. What is the point of having a Touchscreen on what is essentially a Laptop. A Touchscreen on a Laptop is just awkward to operate.

    Having just the Keyboard and Trackpad makes a whole lot more sense. Apple have it spot on with the 11" MacBook Air in that its fast light and portable.

    The Touchscreen is obviously made for Tablets and in some cases for large monitors. Although I would never trade in a Bluetooth Keyboard and Trackpad for a Touchscreen.
    • Touchscreen is...

      really the only way to use Windows 8 tiles. I agree I'd take a Macbook Air over this thing, but that's also 3x the price.
      • I also wouldn't...

        cry if somehow the next Macbook Air had touchscreen and ran iOS apps. I don't see it happening, and it's a shame, but there's a lot of fun touchscreen games you could play. It would also be a huge revenue generator for Apple since that would expand their app sales. But I think Tim and the gang are too worried about cannibalizing tablets or something some bean counters told them might happen to allow for that.
        • Actually ...

          ... Apple already has iOS emulators as part of the developer tools, so running iOS apps on OSX is no big trick. Sure, they'd have to improve how it's implemented, so that it wouldn't look like an emulator, but that seems like like an easy project for Apple.

          But I agree with others that touchscreens on laptops are awkward ... but now that I'm used to my iPhone and iPad, I inadvertently touch the screen all the time on my MacBook Pro, because my brain is getting trained to interact directly with objects on-screen. And I suspect I'm not the only bozo doing that, so ideal or not, a touchscreen laptop would probably be useful.
  • Chromebooks: The Best Platform at Best Price

    Not all the Chromebooks created equal. Make sure you do homework. I returned my new Windows 8 laptop over the weekend and got the new amazing Chromebook with ARM based processor over at more than half price.
    It is not only price, Performance is exceptional with all the greatest worldwide standards interconnects. OS simply works. The design is much better than the netbook and my old laptop.
    I was frustrated with MS Windows 8 and 8.1 so I did a lot of homework, mainly for my curiosity and I don't want to get burn with Microsoft and Intel Netbook again.
    Check out the different between ARM based processor vs. Intel's Atom. Have fun.
  • New name, similar / same system

    For my main systems I use notebooks... I generally prefer business grade such as Toshiba's Tecra line.

    Ironically, one of my own turnoffs to most netbooks is almost none use a Trackpoint or Accupoint type pointing device, which is my personal preference. I actually do not like touchscreens much, and touchpads are so-so (I grit teeth and bare it, but never liked them).

    Despite naming conventions and including a touch screen, for all intents this is basically a better grade netbook, that is *not* bad, as of all the gadget level devices I've seen over the years iPhone/iPad, SmartPhone/Tablet, etc... Netbooks are IMHO the most rounded and capable for the size and represent a nice middle ground. Better than the 4 categories I already listed, but smaller screen size and length/width than most Ultrabooks which are normally more powerful.

    However, this model looses a lot of points by not having a simple RJ45 network port, though that is solved easily enough in my case because were I to buy one, I would likely use it around the house and have a main station set up for it with a USB port replicator that has one. My house is wired for gigabit... So I would do the main updating and downloading and streaming by the wired connection, then do whatever want elsewhere by way of wireless...

    Since Gateway is owned by Acer, the closest model to come to mind to this is the Acer One 522 AMD C50 based model with the 10.1" HD 1280x720 screen. No touchscreen on the older Acer, and the AMD C50 is slower than this Celeron, but virtually everything else lines up, considering a couple year gap between the two for specs.

    Where I see a lot of newer netbooks going wrong is in the fact that they are nowadays coming with bigger and bigger screens, making them too big for the original idea... 11+ inch displays are too big for their original purposes (I was recently offered a deal on a 12" netbook), and 8 inch and below are more for phones and touchpads.