Gateway MD7801u


Gateway MD7801uNotebook: Gateway MD7801u (MD Series)
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo T6400
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500MHD
Display: 15.6 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels, glossy: yes
Weight: 3.5kg
Price: 700 euro
Sold in: Anglo-America
Average Score: 77.5% - good
Average of 4 scores (from 4 reviews)
price: 85%, performance: 73%, features: - %, display: - % mobility: 65%, workmanship: - %, ergonomy: - %, emissions: - %

Reviews for the Gateway MD7801u

80% Gateway MD7801u
Source: PC Mag English
It's slightly misleading to call the Gateway MD7801u ($800 street) the budget version of the MC7803u, as they're both priced under $1,000—inexpensive for media center laptops. Their frames are beautifully designed, their features are ample, and their performance is more than satisfactory. The differences are subtle: The MC7803u has more bells and whistles, like a bigger glass screen, an illuminated keyboard, and a 3D graphics card. The MD7801u justified leaving those things out with a $200 lower price, so either one is a good choice. The Gateway MD7801u is a well-rounded desktop-replacement laptop that barely makes a dent in your wallet.
80, Preis 95, Leistung 90, Mobilität 80
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/10/2009
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 95% performance: 90% mobility: 80%
70% Gateway MD7801u
Source: CNet English
The goal of the MD-series of laptops, according to Gateway, is to offer consumers capable multimedia notebooks at a reasonable price. It succeeds, to that end, by giving the MD7818u (and the MD7801u, which is the same system in black) a large, 500GB hard drive, a 16:9 15-inch display, touch-sensitive media controls, and 4GB of RAM, all wrapped in an upscale design. Gateway's affordable multimedia laptop, the MD7818u, has some high-end design touches, but is a little too big for travel.
3.5 von 5, Mobilität gut
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/29/2009
Rating: Total score: 70% mobility: 80%
80% Gateway MD Series (MD7801u)
Source: Laptop Mag English
Gateway trimmed some features from its premium multimedia MC Series in the hopes of creating a more affordable but comparably performing 15.6-inch notebook, and it mostly succeeded. The $799 MD7801u is a value-conscious laptop with a premium design, solid performance, and excellent battery life. While similarly priced laptops are more portable, the Gateway MD Series is a great-looking machine that lasts a long time on a charge.
4 von 5, Mobilität mäßig, Preis gut, Leistung mangelhaft
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/07/2009
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 80% performance: 50% mobility: 60%
80% Gateway MD7801u
Source: Computer Shopper English
The attractively priced MD7801u is an appealing multimedia notebook that offers very good performance and better-than-average battery life. It’s a bit heavier than most 15-inch systems, however, and could use an A/V upgrade.
8 von 10, Preis gut, Leistung gut, Mobilität schlecht
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/01/2009
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 80% performance: 80% mobility: 40%


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.

T6400: Entry level dual core processor based on the Penryn core with only 2 MB level 2 cache and a low clock speed.» 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.

3.5 kg: This laptop is heavy below average, compared with the average of notebooks. Therefore especially desktop replacements fit 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

77.5%: 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.

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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2009-02-18 (Update: 2012-05-26)