Gateway MC-7803u


Gateway MC-7803uNotebook: Gateway MC-7803u (MC-7803u Series)
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo T5800
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500MHD
Display: 16.0 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels, glossy: yes
Weight: 3.2kg
Price: 800 euro
Average Score: 70.71% - average
Average of 7 scores (from 7 reviews)
price: 85%, performance: 68%, features: 77%, display: 64% mobility: 60%, workmanship: 40%, ergonomy: - %, emissions: - %

Reviews for the Gateway MC-7803u

72% Gateway MC7803u
Source: CNet English
With an HD-friendly 16-inch screen, beautiful design, and dedicated graphics, the affordably priced Gateway MC7803u makes an excellent portable entertainment center, provided your HD content is not on a Blu-ray Disc.
(von 10): 7.2, Ausstattung 7, Leistung 7, Mobilität 8, Preis gut, Display gut
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/26/2008
Rating: Total score: 72% price: 80% performance: 70% features: 70% display: 80% mobility: 80%
78% Gateway MC7803U
Source: PC World English
In fact, the price weighs heavily in making this laptop a solid contender. Just remember that, while it looks good on the surface, the MC7803u makes some compromises that prevent it from properly delivering some of the entertainment you might have in mind (such as games). If you're willing to spend a little extra scratch to get a whole lot more oomph from an entertainment notebook, check out HP's HDX16 if you're inclined to splurge. Otherwise, Lenovo's IdeaPad Y510 is a little on the older--and less powerful--side, but still manages to bring some basic all-purpose entertainment to the party while costing under a grand.
78, Leistung 72, Ausstattung 70
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/20/2008
Rating: Total score: 78% performance: 72% features: 70%
60% Gateway MC7803u 16-inch Thin and Light Laptop
Source: Comp Reviews English
Gateway's MC7803u is a very hefty system that is much larger and a good deal heavier than traditional 15.4-inch laptops. Having said that, the pricing of the system is very attractive for the features included with it. It may lack some items such as a FireWire port or slower DDR2 memory, but performance is decent and it has some very good graphics for those looking to run high definition video streams or casual 3D gaming.
3 von 5, Preis exzellent, Leistung gut, Mobilität schlecht, Display mangelhaft
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 11/14/2008
Rating: Total score: 60% price: 95% performance: 80% display: 50% mobility: 40%
65% Gateway MC7803u
Source: Digital Trends English
The MC7803 may be a little too heavy, a little too big, and a little too cheap-looking to really fall in love with, but for $1,000, it offers respectable hardware and a decent feature set. If it weren’t for the screen’s atrocious lack of flexibility, we would recommend it as an affordable movie machine, but when you can’t even tilt the screen to face you directly in about fifty percentage of usage, it loses major practicality points over a very simple design issue. Buyers looking for a media-savvy desktop replacement might find it workable, but travelers should stay way until Gateway figures out how to make a decent set of hinges.
6.5 von 10, Preis gut, Display mäßig, Leistung mäßig, Mobilität gut, Verarbeitung schlecht
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/11/2008
Rating: Total score: 65% price: 80% performance: 60% display: 60% mobility: 80% workmanship: 40%
80% Gateway MC7803u
Source: PC Mag English
Gateway laptops have excelled in two main areas: performance and competitive pricing. But while everyone else has been taking cues from Apple—placing industrial design at the top of their priority lists, experimenting with trendier metals, and using the latest post-processing techniques—Gateway hasn't put much effort into designing hot-looking laptops. The Gateway MC7803u looks like a million bucks, but you can get it at your local Best Buy for only a grand.
4 von 5, Display zufriedenstellend, Preis exzellent, Mobilität schlecht
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/20/2008
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 95% display: 70% mobility: 40%
70% Gateway MC7803u
Source: Computer Shopper English
For the debut of the Gateway’s 16-inch MC Series laptop line, the company’s designers outdid themselves. The new MC7803u delivers stunning good looks and plenty of multimedia bells and whistles. Sized between 15.4-inch mainstream models and 17-inch desktop replacements, the just-right form factor will appeal to buyers who like to take their media on the road. And at $999.99, Gateway got the price just right, too. Gateway’s attractive midsize multimedia laptop packs in a lot of features for under a grand, but we expect better performance from a notebook slated for multimedia use.
7 von 10, Preis gut, Leistung mäßig
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/20/2008
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 80% performance: 60%
70% Gateway MC-78030u
Source: Laptop Mag English
The affordable Gateway MC78030u is a good choice for those seeking a stylish laptop for home use with decent battery life and good graphics performance. The touch-sensitive controls aren’t for everyone, and it’s a tad bulky, but we like the flush glass display and overall design. Plus, it’s about $275 less than a similarly configured HDX 16, and $200 less than a similarly equipped VAIO FW (and that system maxes out with a weaker 256MB ATI graphics card). As long as you don’t care about watching Blu-ray movies on your notebook, the MC7803u is quite a bargain.
3.5 von 5, Display mäßig, Mobilität mäßig, Ausstattung sehr gut, Preis gut
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/17/2008
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 80% features: 90% display: 60% mobility: 60%


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.

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

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.

T5800: Entry level dual core processor based on the Merom core without Virtualization support and a low maximum temperature.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.

16.0": 16 inch display-variants exist since 2008 and partially got the market share of 15 inch notebooks. 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.

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

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, 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.

Gateway reviews

70.71%: This rating is bad. Most notebooks are better rated. This is not a recommendation for purchase.

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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2008-10-29 (Update: 2012-05-26)