SpecificationsNotebook: Gateway ID49C08u (ID Series)
Processor: Intel Core i5 450M
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M
Display: 14.0 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels, glossy: yes
Price: 700 euro
Sold in: Anglo-America
Average of 3 scores (from 4 reviews)
Reviews for the Gateway ID49C08u
To say the Gateway ID49C is a mixed bag would be a gross understatement: the notebook feels downright schizophrenic. On the one hand, Gateway has clearly tried to produce a classier, more upscale model, and in some ways they've succeeded. Aluminum styling is always attractive, and opting to use as little glossy plastic as humanly possible is welcome in a world where major companies like Toshiba and Dell still aren't fully grasping that "less is more." Which is to say: less glossy plastic is more attractive.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/23/2010
Rating: price: 40%
Thin, stylish, and a change from the company's previous designs, the silvery Gateway ID49C series has a slim form factor paired with an optical drive and Core i3/i5 processors. The Gateway ID49C08 combines speedy Core i5 performance and automatic-switching Nvidia graphics in a small package at a reasonable price, but several small annoyances take away from the experience.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/01/2010
Rating: Total score: 70% performance: 90% features: 70% mobility: 50%
Source: Laptop Mag
It may be $170 more expensive than the base model, but the Gateway ID49C08u packs a lot in. You get three times the graphics performance (which means the ability to game as well as edit video), longer battery life, and the same eye-catching design. It's also $130 less expensive than the Toshiba Satellite M645, which is less powerful and lasts an hour less on a charge. While the glowing touchpad takes some getting used to, the ID49C08u is one of the best bang-for-your-buck 14-inch laptops around.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/06/2010
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: Computer Shopper
When we looked at the $679.99 Gateway ID49C07u earlier this month, we were impressed by its ability to combine impressive specs, a smart-looking design, and speedy performance into an inexpensive 14-inch laptop. A combination of best-in-class application and 3D-graphics performance makes the ID49C08u one of the best thin-and-lights you’ll find for under $1,000.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/01/2010
Rating: Total score: 90%
NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M: The Nvidia GeForce GT 330M is the successor of the GT 230M and technically just a slightly higher clocked GT 240M (but it should still maintain the power envelope of the GT 230M as the naming suggests).
Non demanding games should be playable with these graphics cards.
450M: Should be similar to the Core i5-520M but without AES functions.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
Above all, this display size is used for subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles. For all three types, this size is quite large. The biggest variety of subnotebooks is represented with this 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.
Usually subnotebooks, ultrabooks and quite lightweight laptops with 12-16 inch display-diagonal weigh as much.
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.
80%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.
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