Average of 3 scores (from 4 reviews)
Reviews for the Gateway EC1430u
Overall the EC1430u is a solid computer at a reasonable price. It has some minor flaws but it’s definite worth considering, especially if you don’t want to upgrade to the price point of Asus’ products. As a quick end note I’d like to point out that the EC1430u is pretty hard to find at the moment. The system is just about two months old, but appears to be sold out at most online retailers. You may be able to fine one locally, but you should have much better luck with the Aspire 1410 if you are planning on making a purchase.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/12/2010
Rating: price: 80%
Source: Hardware Central
Percentage-wise, the jump from a netbook's $400 to the Gateway's $550 price is a big one, but we don't think $150 extra is too much to pay for the extra performance and real-computer credentials of the EC1430u. (We think it would be an absolute killer at $499, though.) And if someone asks you, "Is that one of those netbooks?" You can smile and say, "Why, yes. Yes it is."
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/17/2009
Rating: Total score: 73% price: 80% performance: 60% features: 80%
Source: Laptop Mag
The $549 Gateway EC1430u combines the portability of a netbook with the computing might of a full-powered PC at a reasonable price. If you’re intent on playing games, or frequently convert video, you may be better suited with the $399 HP Mini 311 (which leverages Nvidia’s Ion technology for extra graphics punch), but you’ll lose close to 2.5 hours of endurance. If long battery life is of more importance, spring for the $599 Acer Aspire Timeline 1810T, which provides an extra 34 minutes of endurance along with a better keyboard. Nevertheless, the Gateway EC1430u offers good bang for your buck in a sleek chassis.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/05/2009
Rating: Total score: 70%
Source: Computer Shopper
As ultraportables become more affordable and netbooks more powerful, the gap between them is closing—fast. Gone are the days when ultraportables were reserved—and priced—for the business elite. Likewise, we’ll be seeing fewer underpowered netbooks, as "good enough" processing technology gets smaller and cheaper. With a strong design and killer $549 price, this 11.6-inch notebook merges the portability of a netbook with the power of an ultraportable. Road warriors on a budget, rejoice.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/01/2009
Rating: Total score: 88%
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.
Only some 3D games with very low demands are playable with these cards.
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.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
This screen diagoal is quite large for tablets but small for subnotebooks. Some convertibles are also represented with that size.
Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
This weight is typical for big tablets, small subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles with a 10-11 inch display-diagonal.
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.
77%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.