The Gateway ID line of notebooks received a back to school makeover today with a collection of improvements to performance and looks without adding to the all important bottom line. The Gateway ID47 notebook is available today with a starting price of $699.
A 2.3GHz Intel Core i5 Sandy Bridge processor delivers enough processing power to tackle you schoolwork needs, and 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive ensure you have enough memory and storage to get you through a few year’s of college.
The Gateway ID47 has a 14″ edge to edge glass display with a 1366×768 resolution and includes a built in 1.3MP webcam the top of the unit. The edge to edge glass allows for a smaller overall notebook and delivers a high-end look that is complemented by the exterior and large mousepad.
The mousepad on the ID47 is 20% larger than on the previous model so that you have more room for multi-touch gestures. We’ll have to wait until we go hands on with one of these notebooks to deliver a final judgement, but it is great to see a larger mousing surface on the ID47.
The Gateway ID47 doesn’t stop here. You also get USB 3.0 connectivity for faster backup and file transfers to USB 3.0 hard drives. Gateway also includes Dolby Home Theater v4 in this notebook which is known for delivering amazing audio quality. Performance varies from notebook to notebook, but we have yet to be disappointed with Dolby Home Theater v4.
Gateway puts a lot of focus on looks in the ID line of notebooks, as shown in the “Infinity Blue Liquid” and Brushed Platinum” finishes. The notebooks don’t look like your typical Gateway notebook, which is a good thing at $700.
Rounding out the experience is a social media button that delivers quick access to social networks like Facebook and Flickr.
The 6 cell battery is rated for 8 hours, which will likely translate into 5-6 hours of real world use. The battery won’t last all day, but should allow you to get through class without a dead battery.
Gateway ID47H02u Gallery
Gateway ID47H02u Specs
- Intel Core i5-2410M processor 2.3GHz with Turbo Boost Technology up to 2.9GHz
- 14” HD Ultrabright LED-backlit Display
- Intel HM55 Express Chipset
- 4GB DDR3 Dual-Channel Memory
- Intel HD Graphics 3000
- 500GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive
- Digital Media Card Reader
- 8X DVD-SuperMulti Double-Layer Drive
- 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi CERTIFIED
- 1.3 Megapixel HD Webcam
- Dolby Home Theater v4 Audio Enhancement
- Two Stereo Speakers
- 1 – USB 3.0 Port & 2 – USB 2.0 Ports
- 1 – HDMI Port
- Multi-Gesture Touchpad
- Dedicated Audio Control Keys
- Social Networks Key
- 6-cell Li-ion Battery (6000 mAh) – Up to 8 hours of battery life
- Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
- Microsoft Office Starter 2010
- Dimensions: 12.97(w) x 8.95(D) x .85-1.14(h) inches
- 4.6 lbs.