Gateway EC Series

Gateway EC39CProcessor: Intel Core 2 Duo SU7300, Intel Core 2 Solo SU3500, Intel Core i5 470UM, Intel Pentium Dual Core SU4100
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500MHD, NVIDIA GeForce 310M
Display: 11.6 inch, 13.3 inch, 15.6 inch
Weight: 1.4kg, 1.5kg, 1.6kg, 1.7kg, 2.4kg, 2.9kg
Price: 350, 400, 450, 500, 1400 euro
Average Score: 72.25% - average
Average of 8 scores (from 11 reviews)
price: 67%, performance: 79%, features: 78%, display: 80%
mobility: 80%, workmanship: 88%, ergonomy: - %, emissions: - %

 

Gateway EC1803h

Specifications

Gateway EC1803hNotebook: Gateway EC1803h
Processor: Intel Core 2 Solo SU3500
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500MHD
Display: 11.6 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels
Weight: 1.5kg
Price: 350 euro
Sold in: Anglo-America
Links: Gateway homepage
 Gateway notebook section

 

Gateway EC1803h Review
Source: notebookforums.com English
This first caught my eye when looking for an ultra portable laptop - I was looking at the MSI and the Acer Timeline models which had the "new" SU3500 processor. I was intrigued by the configuration - a large screen (13.3") version of a netbook. I was turned off by the price though - $700-850 Canadian. In summary, this is the link between a netbook and a notebook. It's as powerful as the lower end notebooks but as portable as a netbook - especially because it's so thin. The battery life is reasonable, the graphics power is appropriate and the screen resolution makes it much more usable than a standard 1024x600 netbook.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/15/2009
Rating: performance: 80% display: 80% mobility: 80% workmanship: 80%

 

Gateway EC5409u

Specifications

Gateway EC5409uNotebook: Gateway EC5409u
Processor: Intel Pentium Dual Core SU4100
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500MHD
Display: 15.6 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels
Weight: 2.4kg
Price: 500 euro
Sold in: Anglo-America
Links: Gateway homepage
 Gateway notebook section

Average Score: 76% - good
Average of 1 scores (from 2 reviews)

 

76% Gateway EC5409u
Source: Computer Shopper English
The Gateway EC5409u is proof that budget notebooks can be just as stylish as their more expensive counterparts. This affordable ($649.99 list) mainstream laptop sports a sleek brushed-aluminum lid and a thin-and-light frame, and its battery lasts more than four hours on a single charge. An attractive laptop with an equally attractive price, this model offers long battery life and is light enough for frequent travel. Performance is sluggish, though.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/01/2009
Rating: Total score: 76%
Gateway EC54 Review – 15.6″ CULV Notebook (EC5409u)
Source: Slashgear English
Overall, the Gateway EC54 squeezes into a reasonable niche among CULV notebooks, offering the extended runtime we’d expect from a smaller machine with the larger display from a regular laptop. If you’ve found yourself squinting at 14-inch or smaller models then the 15.6-inches on offer from the Gateway – while not exactly overspilling with pixels – should give your eyes a rest. With an MRSP of $649.99, meanwhile, the impact on your wallet should be pretty painless, too; however, if you err toward performance versus prolonged time away from an outlet, we’d suggest shopping around for more powerful machines that sacrifice a little battery life.
Review Type Unknown, online available, Long, Date: 11/13/2009
Rating: price: 70%

 

Gateway EC1437u

Specifications

Gateway EC1437uNotebook: Gateway EC1437u
Processor: Intel Pentium Dual Core SU4100
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500MHD
Display: 11.6 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels
Weight: 1.4kg
Price: 400 euro
Sold in: Anglo-America
Links: Gateway homepage
 Gateway notebook section

 

Gateway EC1437u Review: Solid Mobile Companion
Source: Notebooks.com English
The Gateway EC1437u is a solid mobile notebook. For the price, it delivers moderate performance in a sleek package. The complaints I found were really rather small and plaque most notebooks. Due to the video out options (VGA & HDMI), this would be a great notebook for mobile professionals or students that often have many presentations. It’s nice to see Gateway producing such an attractive product at a reasonable price.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/24/2009
Rating: price: 40% display: 80% mobility: 80%

 

Gateway EC14D07u

Specifications

Gateway EC14D07uNotebook: Gateway EC14D07u
Processor: Intel Pentium Dual Core SU4100
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500MHD
Display: 11.6 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels
Weight: 1.6kg
Price: 450 euro
Sold in: Anglo-America
Links: Gateway homepage
 Gateway notebook section

Average Score: 73% - average
Average of 4 scores (from 4 reviews)

 

50% Gateway EC14D07u
Source: PC World English
Want the go-anywhere spirit of a netbook and the full keyboard (and features) of a typical laptop? The Gateway EC14D07u ($630 as of March 22, 2010) attempts to merge the two, and in some ways it succeeds: The laptop feels light and yet manages to pack a DVD burner and an 11.6-inch screen. The portable Gateway EC14D07u does nothing exceptionally well or poorly; it’s proficient without standing out.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/24/2010
Rating: Total score: 50% performance: 67% features: 78%
93% Gateway EC14D07u 11.6-inch Ultraportable Laptop
Source: Tweaktown English
Gateway offers something rare in the ultraportable market with the EC14D07u — an optical drive. Bundle that optical drive with solid performance and you have a real winner.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/03/2010
Rating: Total score: 93% price: 92% performance: 97% features: 95% workmanship: 95%
89% Gateway EC14D07U
Source: Computer Shopper English
Ultraportable PCs are in a state of major flux. Until recently, these light laptops (which weigh less than 4 pounds and have screens that typically measure around 12.1 inches) usually started at around $1,600. Late in 2009, we started seeing an emerging subclass of budget ultraportables, which cost $800 less than their high-end counterparts. Gateway’s winning EC14 line gets a few hardware upgrades and remains one of the strongest budget ultraportables we've seen.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/01/2010
Rating: Total score: 89%
60% Gateway EC14D07u
Source: Laptop Mag English
The Gateway EC14D07u provides a good balance of performance and battery life while providing an added perk with its integrated DVD drive. However, this ultraportable costs $80 more than the optical drive-less EC1430u, which offers the same processor and similar endurance. And even though it’s slower and has a more cramped touchpad, the $399 Acer Aspire 1410 is the best value in this category (assuming you’re willing to live with a smaller 160GB hard drive).
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/25/2010
Rating: Total score: 60%

 

Gateway EC1815u

Specifications

Gateway EC1815uNotebook: Gateway EC1815u
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo SU7300
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500MHD
Display: 11.6 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels
Weight: 2.9kg
Price: 500 euro
Sold in: Anglo-America
Links: Gateway homepage
 Gateway notebook section

Average Score: 80% - good
Average of 1 scores (from 1 reviews)

 

80% Gateway EC1815u 11.6-inch Ultraportable Laptop PC
Source: Comp Reviews English
Gateway's EC1815u is designed as a solid performance ultraportable with a very long running time. Its 11.6-inch screen and corresponding small size make it an option for those that want something nearly as compact as a netbook but with significantly improved performance. With a price tag around $700, it is more expensive than a netbook but very affordable for such a compact system.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 03/17/2010
Rating: Total score: 80%

 

Gateway EC5809u

Specifications

Gateway EC5809uNotebook: Gateway EC5809u
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo SU7300
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500MHD
Display: 15.6 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels
Weight: 2.4kg
Price: 500 euro
Links: Gateway homepage
 Gateway notebook section

Average Score: 70% - average
Average of 1 scores (from 1 reviews)

 

70% Gateway EC5809u
Source: CNet English
We're going to go out on a limb here and say it: from a consumer standpoint, a large-screened "thin-and-light" laptop has little appeal over a regular mainstream system. That is to say, thin doesn't matter all that much when a computer has a large footprint anyway. As a thin 15-inch laptop packing a lower-voltage Core 2 Duo processor, the Gateway EC5809u sacrifices performance for battery life at a decent price--but you could do even better.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/17/2010
Rating: Total score: 70% performance: 70% features: 60% mobility: 80%

 

Gateway EC39C

Specifications

Gateway EC39CNotebook: Gateway EC39C
Processor: Intel Core i5 470UM
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce 310M
Display: 13.3 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels
Weight: 1.7kg
Price: 1400 euro
Sold in: Anglo-America
Links: Gateway homepage
 Gateway notebook section

Average Score: 60% - poor
Average of 1 scores (from 1 reviews)

 

60% Gateway EC39C 13in laptop
Source: Good Gear Guide English
Overall, the Gateway EC39C is a good machine, with a nice configuration that provides plenty of speed for everyday office applications and Web tasks. We like its thin and light design. You should consider it if you want a thin and light, yet well-performing laptop, but test out its keyboard and touchpad before you buy to see if they are up to your liking. They weren't to ours.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/25/2011
Rating: Total score: 60%

 

Comment

Gateway: Gateway, Incorporated. is a computer hardware company based in California which develops, manufactures, supports, and markets a wide range of personal computers, computer monitors, servers, and computer accessories. AOL acquired Gateway.net, the online component of Gateway  Inc., in 1999. 2007, Acer completed its acquisition of Gateway for approximately US$710 million. The market share outside of the US market is rather low.

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Only some 3D games with very low demands are playable with these cards.

Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500MHD: Onboard (shared Memory) GPU built in the GM45, GE45 and GS45 chipset (Montevina). Because of two more shaders and a higher core clock, much faster than the old GMA X3100. Still not advisable for gamers (DirectX 10 games not playable or only with very low settings). The integrated video processor is able to help decode HD videos (AVC/VC-2/MPEG2) , e.g., for a fluent Blu-Ray playback with slow CPUs.

Non demanding games should be playable with these graphics cards.

NVIDIA GeForce 310M: The GeForce 310M is the successor of the GeFore G210M and based on the same chip with very similar clock rates (shader speed +30MHz to 1530MHz).

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.


Intel Core 2 Solo:

SU3500: Power efficient single core processor for small subnotebooks that is based on the Penryn core and includes all features (like Virtualization, C6 state, ...). The performance should be comparable with a 1.7 GHz Athlon II Neo K125.

Intel Pentium Dual Core: The return of the name Pentium, though it is a Yonah core. In fact, it is a double Core processor with a very good relation of performance to current consumption.

SU4100: Entry-level dual core processor for slim and light subnotebooks. Due to the Pentium name, the CPU may have less power saving features than Core 2 Duo processors.

Intel Core 2 Duo: This is the Core Duo and Core Solo successor with a longer pipeline and 5-20% more speed without more power consumption. As an addition to the Core Duo design there exists a fourth decoder, an amplified SSE-unit and an additional arithmetical logical unit (ALU).

The Core 2 Duo for laptops is identical to the desktop Core 2 Duo processors but the notebook-processors work with lower voltages (0.95 to 1188 Volt) and a lower Frontside bus clock (1066 vs 667 MHz). The performance of equally clocked notebooks is 20-25% lower than Desktop PCs because of the lower Frontside bus clock and the slower hard disks.

SU7300: Slow clocked dual core processor with a low TDP of 10 Watt.

Intel Core i5:

470UM:

The Core i5-430UM is a power efficient ultra low voltage processor for laptops. Using Turbo Boost it can be clocked with up to 1.83 GHz. Thanks to Hyperthreading, 4 threads can be processed simultaneously. AES, VT-d and Trusted Execution are deactivated for the 430UM. An integrated graphics card (Intel HD Graphics with 166-500 MHz) and a DDR3-800 memory controller are also included in the package.


13.3: This is a common display format for subnotebooks. Netbooks, UMPC and some subnotebooks have tinier displays. Nevertheless, the majority of standard laptops has a higher format. The advantage of a small display is, that the subnotebook can be small dimensioned and can be carried easily. Further the small display needs few energy, which improves the battery runtime and in consequence the mobility. The disadvantage is that the reading of texts is a bit exhausting for the eyes, especially with high resolutions.

15.6: 15 inch display-variants are the standard and are used for more than the half of all notebooks. 15.4 inch display with 16:10 are the standard for notebook displays. However nowadays, more and more 16:9 displays with 15.6 inch appear. The reason why so many people like displays with medium size is, that this size is not exhausting for the eyes, does not need too much energy and the laptops can be kept quite compact.

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.


1.4 kg:

This subnotebook is one of the most lightweight of all notebooks and can be carried very easily. There exist only few sub-notebooks, which weight less. 10 inch displays are normal for this class of weight.

2.9 kg:

This weight is average for notebooks. Therefore the numerous mass of laptops with 15 inch display fits in this class of weight.


72.25%: This rating is bad. Most notebooks are better rated. This is not a recommendation for purchase.

» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2009-12-14 (Update: 2012-05-26)