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Reviews for the Gateway MD7826u
Source: notebookforums.com Archive.org version
The Gateway MD7826u is a stylish and capable notebook at a very competitive price. The keyboard and touchpad leave something to be desired, but there are enough conveniently located USB ports that anyone else annoyed by them could plug in a USB keyboard and mouse and not worry about it. The fact that the screen cannot fold open completely is also a detriment to me, but it would not be considered bad for people who only use their notebooks on a flat surface near eye level. Buy this notebook if you tend to use your computer on a table or desk with your own keyboard and mouse and you want a well-performing multimedia notebook that looks as good as it performs. Don't buy this notebook if you tend to use your computer in limited or awkward spaces where a fully adjustable screen is needed and you do not have access to an external keyboard or mouse.
Leistung 70, Display 80, Mobilität 70, Verarbeitung 60
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/20/2009
Rating: performance: 70% display: 80% mobility: 70% workmanship: 60%
Source: Comp Reviews Archive.org version
Gateway's MD7826u is essentially a reworking of the companies previous MC series laptop. The main difference is the reduction of the screen size from 16-inches to 15.6-inches. This means that the laptop has larger overall dimensions than many laptops with a similar screen size. With its sub-$1000 price tag and good overall performance, the Gateway MD7826u is a decent system for people looking at a strong value. It has some very strong battery life and decent 3D graphics that even let it play some of the latest PC games. The laptop does have a number of trade-offs though including dimensions more akin to larger 16-inch laptops, a keyboard that isn't one of the better ones on the market and a few ports that people might miss.
60, Preis 80, Leistung80, Mobilität 80
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 02/16/2009
Rating: Total score: 60% price: 80% performance: 80% mobility: 80%
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3650: The Hd 3650 is a middle class graphics card (in 2008) and compareable to an 8600M GT GPU from Nvidia. It is fabricated in 55nm process and due to Avivo video engine the graphic card can support the processor with several video operations (HD video too).
Only some 3D games with very low demands are playable with these cards.
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.
Middle class dual core CPU with a TDP of 25 Watt. For high end gamer the performance could be not sufficient (for class 1 graphic cards).» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
15-inch display variants are the standard and are used for more than half of all laptops.
The reason for the popularity of mid-sized displays is that this size is reasonably easy on the eyes, often allows high resolutions and thus offers rich details on the screen, yet does not consume too much power and the devices can still be reasonably compact - simply the standard compromise.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
A laptop with this weight is comparatively heavy and less designed for mobility than for use at the desk. Therefore, the devices tend to shine less with battery life than with a large screen and higher performance.
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.
In 2014 to 2016, Gateway did no longer belong to the Top 10 laptop manufacturers/distributors. Newer devices from Gateway are hardly reviewed by specialist media any longer (as of 2016).
60%: Such a poor rating is rare. There are only a few notebooks that were rated even worse. The rating websites do not give a purchase recommendation here.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.