Gateway outs new AMD Fusion powered notebooks
By Paul Ridden
March 22, 2011
Gateway has announced three new additions to its NV notebook family, each taking advantage of the latest AMD platform. The new models all feature a stylish satin black case, a 15.6-inch, 1366 x 768 resolution LED-backlit display, Radeon graphics and run on Windows 7 Home Premium. There's also 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Gigabit LAN, and a full-size keyboard with dedicated numeric keypad and multi-gesture touchpad. Gateway has additionally included its popular social networking button to give users quick, one-touch access and log-in to sites like Facebook, Flickr and YouTube.
Leading the charge is the flagship NV51B05u, which is powered by a 1.6GHz AMD E-350 dual-core processor with Vision Technology on the new Fusion chipset, with ATI Radeon HD 6310 graphics and 3GB DDR3 RAM. Storage comes in the form of a 500GB HDD, there are three USB ports, HDMI-out, a 2-in-1 media card reader and a VGA port. The Ultrabright widescreen display can handle full 1080p high definition video and the system offers HD audio, too.
Videoconferencing or webchat is made possible with an included 1.3 megapixel webcam, there's an optical DVD burner and a 6-cell, 4400 mAh Lithium-ion battery is said to be good for nearly 5 hours between charges.
The 1.22-1.34 x 15 x 9.96-inch (31-34.14 x 381 x 253 mm) NV51B05u carries a suggested retail of US$469.99 and is available now.
The US$449.99 NV51B02u also has an E-350 processor running at 1.6GHz, but has 2GB of DDR3 memory and a 320GB HDD. All other specs are the same as the flagship model.
Bringing up the rear is the NV51B08u, which is priced at US$399.99 and comes with a 1GHz C-50 dual-core processor and ATI Radeon HD 6250 graphics, 3GB DDR3 RAM and a 320GB HDD. Everything else is the same as the other two models.