SpecificationsNotebook: Gateway EC1803h (EC Series)
Processor: Intel Core 2 Solo SU3500
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500MHD
Display: 11.6 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels, glossy: yes
Price: 350 euro
Sold in: Anglo-America
Reviews for the Gateway EC1803h
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%
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.
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.» 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.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.