Gateway MD2601u


Gateway MD2601uNotebook: Gateway MD2601u (MD Series)
Processor: AMD Turion X2 RM-72
Graphics Adapter: ATI Radeon HD 3200
Display: 15.6 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels, glossy: yes
Weight: 3.2kg
Price: 550 euro
Sold in: Anglo-America
Average Score: 80% - good
Average of 2 scores (from 2 reviews)
price: 90%, performance: 80%, features: - %, display: - % mobility: 35%, workmanship: - %, ergonomy: - %, emissions: - %

Reviews for the Gateway MD2601u

80% Gateway MD Series (MD2601u)
Source: Laptop Mag English
This notebook offers a stylish design and good performance for a very low price. For little more than most netbooks, the Gateway MD2601u offers style, a large 16:9 display, strong wireless range, and good performance for everyday tasks like Web browsing, word processing, and media playback. All budget notebooks demand some compromises, and this system is no exception: its multitasking might and battery life are all lacking. Nevertheless, at $499, the MD2601u is a great value.
80, Preis 90, Leistung 80, Mobilität 40
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/06/2009
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 90% performance: 80% mobility: 40%
80% Gateway MD2601u 15.6-inch Budget Laptop PC
Source: Comp Reviews English
For the price, the Gateway MD2601u is a very affordable laptop with some decent performance. The laptop is supposed to retail for $650 through Best Buy retailers, but pricing via Best Buy is typically below $550. For this low price, users are sacrificing portability because of the larger size and heavier weight not to mention the battery life. Performance is also below laptops based on Intel's Core 2 processors, but it is an acceptable alternative for those looking at a basic laptop at a low price.
80, Preis 90, Leistung 80, Mobilität 30
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 04/14/2009
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 90% performance: 80% mobility: 30%


ATI Radeon HD 3200: Onboard (shared Memory) graphics chip (on RS780M chipset) based on the HD 2400 graphics core. It also features the UVD video engine to decode HD videos. Beware: Under Windows XP the HD 3200 may have no 2D accelleration because of a driver problem.

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.

AMD Turion X2: The Turion X2 (without 64) is based on the Turion X2 Ultra, but has only 1024 MB L2 Cache and is therefore slower (performance compareable to the old Turion 64 X2). Because of new parts from the K10 architecture, the CPU should be more energy efficient.


Griffin based entry-level dual core processor. The cores are still based on the old K8 architecture (memory controller is newer).

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.

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.

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

80%: 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.

Devices from a different Manufacturer and/or with a different CPU

» Gateway NV5207u
Athlon X2 QL-65
» Acer Aspire 5534
Athlon 64 L110
» Gateway NV5214u
Athlon X2 QL-64
» Acer Aspire 5536-643G50Mn
Athlon X2 QL-64

Devices with the same GPU and/or Screen Size

» Asus X5DC-SX025V
Celeron 220, 2.5 kg
» Acer Aspire 5532-5535
Athlon 64 TF-20, 2.6 kg
» Asus K51AC-SX038V
Athlon X2 QL-65, 2.7 kg
» Acer Aspire 5517-1643
Athlon 64 X2 TK-42, 2.5 kg
» HP Compaq 615
Turion X2 RM-74, 2.5 kg
» HP ProBook 4515s
Turion X2 Ultra ZM-86, 2.6 kg
» Acer Aspire 5535
Athlon X2 QL-60, 2.7 kg
» HP Pavilion dv4-1155se
Turion X2 Ultra ZM-82, 2.3 kg

Devices with the same GPU

» Acer eMachines G627-202G25Mi
Athlon 64 TF-20, 17.3", 3.3 kg
» MSI Wind U230-040
Athlon Neo X2 L335, 12.1", 1.5 kg
» HP Pavilion tx2500z
Turion X2 Ultra ZM-86, 12.1", 2.1 kg
» Acer Ferrari One 200-1799
Athlon 64 X2 TK-42, 11.6", 1.5 kg
» Acer Ferrari One 200-312G25n
Athlon X2 L310, 11.6", 1.5 kg
» Toshiba A505D-S6968
Turion X2 Ultra ZM-84, 16.0", 2.9 kg
» Toshiba Satellite T115D
Athlon Neo MV-40, 11.6", 1.6 kg
» Toshiba Satellite T135D-S1320
Athlon Neo MV-40, 13.3", 1.7 kg
» Acer Ferrari 200-314G25i
Athlon X2 L310, 11.6", 1.5 kg
» Asus Eee PC 1201T
Athlon Neo MV-40, 12.1", 1.45 kg
» HP Pavilion dm3-1020ea
Athlon Neo X2 L335, 13.3", 2 kg
» Lenovo ThinkPad Edge NUE6WGE
Turion Neo X2 L625, 13.3", 1.8 kg
» MSI X430
Athlon Neo MV-40, 14.0", 1.6 kg
» HP Pavilion dm3-1130us
Athlon Neo X2 L335, 13.3", 1.9 kg
» Lenovo Thinkpad X100e - 2876-27G
Athlon Neo MV-40, 11.6", 1.47 kg
» Toshiba Satellite T135D-S1324
Turion Neo X2 L625, 13.3", 1.7 kg
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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2009-04-22 (Update: 2012-05-26)