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26.02.2009 20:24

Gateway unveils new TC notebook line

Category: new notebook models
By: Pallab Jyotee Hazarika

Gateway still aims the multimedia lovers with its TC series, only adds enhanced mobility and economy.

The TC series - affordable multimedia systems

The TC series - affordable multimedia systems

Gateway seems to be going smaller and smaller with it’s hugely popular multimedia laptops. First was the $999 16-inch MC series with an eye-catching lid, 16-inch widescreen (with 16:9 aspect ratio) glass display and backlit keyboard, powered by Centrino 2 and on the heavier side with 3.6 kg; then they have shrunk down to the 15.4-inch MD series with the same stylish chassis with a few cost-saving features, including the smaller screen and a non-backlit keyboard. But unlike most budget systems, the MD Series has very few trade-offs for $799. Its everyday performance is solid, and you get a whopping 500GB of storage and more than 5 hours of battery life. Now they even cropped it further to the latest 14-inch TC series that tries to bring multimedia experience to the shallow pockets also.

“We’ve taken the best of our incredibly popular MC and MD lines and made it even more compact and lightweight in the TC Series,” said Ray Sawall, senior product marketing manager for Acer America. “The result is the perfect marriage of useful features and compact design punctuated with an eye-catching style. Plus, we’ve maintained the budget-minded price tag, giving customers an incredible bang for their buck.”That who does not know – Acer has acquired Gateway in 2007.

Gateway offers two models in the TC series – TC7306u and TC7307u – differing only in colors. Both are powered by the Intel Pentium Dual-Core T4200 Mobile Processor2 (2.00GHz, 800MHz FSB, 1MB L2 Cache). The 1MB cache memory should come as a disappointment to graphics freaks. But then the Trendy design with black brushed-mylar palm rest, high-gloss keyboard surround and rich Black finish in 306u and Burgundy finish in 307u should lift their spirits. Also 4096MB 667MHz DDR2 Dual Channel Memory (2 x 2048MB Modules) should provide enough brain along with a 320GB SATA hard drive – although I would’ve liked to see one single 4GB RAM than two 2GB cards, which actually had to be accommodated the way it is in this low-cost unit. Connectivity is taken care by the 802.11b/g/Draft-N Wi-Fi. The 4400mAh 6-cell Lithium Ion battery shouldn’t give more than four and half hours of life depending on the usage.

Both the models come with an Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500M with up to 1759MB of Dynamic Video Memory and Intel GL40 Express Chipset.

Other features include,

  • 1.3 Megapixel Integrated Webcam
  • High-Definition Audio Support, Built-In speakers, microphone, headphone
  • 8x DVD-Super Multi Double Layer Drive
  • 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN (RJ-45 port)
  • Illuminated Multimedia Touch Controls
  • Digital Media Card Reader
  • Full-Size Keyboard and Synaptics Touchpad with Vertical Scroll
  • Expresscard Type 54
  • Dimensions (box): 16.5" (W) x 4" (D) x 12.5" (H) or 419mm (W) x 101.6mm (D) x 317.5mm (H)     
  • Genuine Microsoft® Windows Vista® Home Premium (64-bit) with SP1

 

Both the machines retail at $650 each and are available on gateway.com .

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