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Gateway P-7808u


Gateway P-7808u
Gateway P-7808u
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9000 4 x 2 GHz, Penryn
Graphics adapter
17.00 inch 16:10, 1440 x 900 pixel
4.1 kg ( = 144.62 oz / 9.04 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
1500 Euro
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Average Score: 76.89% - good
Average of 9 scores (from 10 reviews)
price: 70%, performance: 81%, features: 76%, display: 60% mobility: 80%, workmanship: - %, ergonomy: - %, emissions: - %

Reviews for the Gateway P-7808u

70% Gateway P-7808u FX
Source: Maximum PC English version
For several months we’ve been talking about what a great value Gateway’s P-7811 FX gaming notebook was (reviewed October 2008). So we were anxious to see how the update to that model, the P-7808u FX, holds up. Nevertheless, we can’t help but feel disappointed. While the P-7811 FX hit just the right mix of price and gaming performance for its time, the P-7808u FX is more expensive than its predecessor, yet offers gamers last year’s tech.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/04/2009
Rating: Total score: 70%
Gateway P-7808u FX gaming notebook
Source: English version
By this time Gateway should be looking at a new design, or I’d at least like to see some tweaks, like improved speakers, but you still can’t fault the FX series too much. My biggest problem with the 7808u is that for the considerable price premium you don’t even get a 1920×1200 display, though the graphics can push that much. All told, it’s a nice gaming notebook, but it’s not as good of a pickup as the cheaper FX series models.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/15/2009
Rating: display: 50%
79% Gateway P7808U
Source: PC World English version
This gamer's desktop replacement laptop has an oddly low-resolution screen, considering the power that lies under its hood. The Gateway P-7808u is a very capable desktop replacement, incorporating some high-end hardware for a very reasonable price. But unless you plan to make heavy use of software that specifically engages the quad-core CPU (3D rendering, for example), Gateway's own P-7805u is a better deal because it is essentially the same laptop, except with a 2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo CPU, a smaller but faster hard drive, no Bluetooth module, and a price tag that is $650 dollars lower.
79, Leistung 72, Ausstattung 78
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/05/2009
Rating: Total score: 79% performance: 72% features: 78%
80% Gateway P-7807u FX
Source: Laptop Mag English version
Gateway’s high-powered desktop replacement offers blazing gaming performance at an affordable price. Although the design could use a refresh and the sound could be better, the Gateway P-7807u FX is still the best budget gaming rig available; it chewed through everything we threw at it, and we had an exciting time shooting up the baddies without having to worry about lag. Our rig was also a multitasking champ. Priced at $1,399, it’s $88 less than the Sager NP8662, but $250 more than the 15-inch MSI GT627, which offered comparable gaming performance. However, gamers may find it worth those extra dollars, since the P-7807u FX features greater endurance, a sharper display, and a better keyboard.
80, Preis 80, Leistung 90, Display 80, Mobilität 80
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/30/2009
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 80% performance: 90% display: 80% mobility: 80%
75% Gateway P-7808u FX Edition
Source: Digital Trends English version
For serious gamers seeking a mobile rig to set up and frag wherever they go, the P-7808u stands a marked improvement from the already-capable earlier version, thanks to both a faster quad-core processor and a screen that’s more modest and practical for gaming. However, those seeking to use it for surfing, multimedia and other less demanding work within Windows probably won’t notice the boost in horsepower, and would be better served by the ultra-high-res model with the lower price tag.
75, Preis 40, Leistung 70
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/27/2009
Rating: Total score: 75% price: 40% performance: 70%
78% Gateway P-7808u FX edition Core 2 Quad 17
Source: CNet English version
While parent company Acer rules the Netbook market with its budget-priced Aspire One, Gateway is the first name that comes to mind when thinking of high-quality low-cost gaming rigs, thanks to the popular FX series. The latest version of our favorite budget gaming laptop, the Gateway P-7808u FX edition, adds an Intel Core 2 Quad CPU. It's a great deal, partially undone by a sub-HD display.
78, Leistung 80, Ausstattung 70, Mobilität 80
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 04/17/2009
Rating: Total score: 78% performance: 80% features: 70% mobility: 80%
80% Gateway P-7808u FX Edition Notebook
Source: Mobile Tech Review English version
The Gateway P-7808u FX is indeed an elite notebook in both size and power as one of the few notebooks that can compete with desktop machines in gaming. The Gateway shows great performance in both productivity tasks and most of all handling games that require high graphics and processing power. The display is good and the stereo sound is excellent. The notebook not only has the standard set of ports but also adds HDMI for viewing content on TV and external eSATA drive support for extra expansion. The price is competitive with the small crop of quad core 17-inch notebooks. Aside from some incompatibility issues with 32-bit games, the optical drive/fan buzzing is the only major issue on our Gateway.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/01/2009
Rating: Total score: 80%
70% Gateway P-7808u FX Edition
Source: PC Mag English version
Hard-core gaming laptops were once thought of as sticker-shock items, but they've changed sharply of late in both looks and price. In their new incarnation, they're acting as big-screen media centers and desktop replacements, now that prices for the fastest parts have plummeted to a level that makes them affordable to the masses. At $1,800 (street), the Gateway P-7808u is aggressively priced for a gaming rig, with a mobile Intel quad-core processor and a powerful Nvidia graphics card built into a light 17-inch platform. Though its looks could use a huge splash of imagination, this hard-core gaming laptop is a terrific deal no matter how you look at it. The Gateway P-7808u is the most affordable gaming machine to house a quad-core processor and power 3D graphics.
70, Preis 90
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/26/2009
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 90%
80% Gateway P-7808u FX
Source: Computer Shopper English version
Gateway’s latest FX Series notebook (much anticipated, ever since the P-7811 FX was taken off the market) definitely caught our attention in terms of speed and multitasking ability. For $1,799, the Gateway P-7808u FX packs quite the punch with its quad-core processor, top-notch performance, generous storage, and abundance of features. But gamers will balk at its low 1,440x900 resolution, especially compared with the too-good-to-be-true P-7811 FX, which offered a 1,920x1,200 display for just $1,399. The best-performing notebook we’ve seen south of $2,000, Gateway’s P-7808u FX delivers on gaming, multitasking, encoding, and all graphical tasks. We just wish you could get it with a high-resolution display.
80, Leistung 80, Ausstattung 80, Display 50
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/18/2009
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 80% features: 80% display: 50%
80% Gateway P-7808u FX
Source: Laptop Mag English version

Although the design could use a refresh and the sound could be better, the Gateway P-7808u FX is an excellent gaming machine; it chewed through everything we could throw at it, and we had an exciting time shooting up the baddies without having to worry about our lag. Our rig was also a multitasking champ, transcoding video while watching a DVD without breaking a sweat. Gamers with $1,799 to blow, though, might as well step up to the $1,999 Alienware M17, which offers a higher-res display and comparable gaming performance. Gamers on a budget should consider one of the more affordable configurations of the Gateway FX series that brandish the same graphics muscle as the P-7808u but without the quad-core CPU.

80, Leistung 95
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/10/2009
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 95%


NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GTS:

Based on the desktop 9600 GT (G94 core), the 9800M GTS is produced in 65 nm and 55 nm on the 512 MB and 1024 MB models, respectively. The performance of the GTS is comparable to the GT version due to the higher clock speed. The PureVideo HD engine allows the GPU to decode HD videos.

Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards.

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

Intel Core 2 Quad: Mobile version of the desktop Quad Core processor. Due to low clock rates it is not recommended for most applications.


Slow clocked quad core CPU (4 cores) that suffers especially in many games from the low clock speed. Therefore, not suited for games and only for highly multi threaded applications.

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


15-16 inch is a standard display size for laptops and offers the biggest variety of products.

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.

4.1 kg:

In former years, this weight was representative for laptops with a 14-16 inch display-diagonal. Nowadays, 17 inch laptops weigh less than that.

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.

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).

76.89%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.

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Gateway P-7808u
Gateway P-7808u
Stefan Hinum, 2009-03-29 (Update: 2012-05-26)