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Gateway launches the NE Series of notebooks

The portable PCs reportedly offer essential performance for everyday tasks and come with an HD display, spacious hard drive and integrated graphics

The US-headquartered tech company Gateway has just introduced its new NE Series of mainstream laptop computers. According to the manufacturer, the devices are aimed at students and their families, and feature a sleek and stylish design (matte black finish with brushed stainless steel accents). The NE notebooks are now available for purchase and have a starting price of $328.

Eric Ackerson (mobile product marketing for Gateway) was quoted as saying: "The new Gateway NE Series delivers what families and students are looking for today -- a combination of the most popular features and proven technologies," … "This new notebook line delivers the outstanding performance and capabilities needed for classes, homework, staying in touch and having fun. Students and families planning back-to-school purchases will definitely want to consider the Gateway NE Series."

Apparently, the laptops are powered by a choice of Intel or AMD chips and can be configured with up to a second generation Intel Core i5-2450M CPU. This Sandy Bridge processor incorporates two cores clocked at 2.5GHz (up to 3.1GHz via Turbo Boost 2) and the Intel HD 3000 card with shared graphics memory.

Furthermore, users will be provided with a 15.6-inch LED-backlit Ultrabright widescreen display of 1366-by-768 pixels native resolution and DVD Burner. The notebooks are based on an Intel HM77 Express Chipset and come with 4-to 8GB of DDR3 RAM, up to a 500GB mechnanical hard drive (5400RPM) and a 5-in-1 memory card reader slot.

Other specs include three USB 2.0 ports, a Wireless LAN 802.11 b/g/n module, an HDMI interface, VGA output, a 6-cell battery that has an autonomy period of up to 4.5 hours and a 64-bit Windows 7 Home Premium operating system.


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Ivan Zhekov, 2012-08- 8 (Update: 2012-08- 8)