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Gateway now shipping two 17.3-inch budget notebooks

Buyers can choose between the Sandy Bridge Core i3 model with USB 3.0 or the AMD model with a quad-core Fusion processor

California-based company Gateway has made available two wallet-friendly notebooks as part of its NV lineup, according to Laptoping. Both laptops are rather large with a 17.3-inch screen size each and should be adequate for those wanting a desktop replacement without the gaming horsepower.

The Gateway NV77H05u includes a Core i3-2310M CPU with Intel HD 3000, 6GB RAM, 1x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0, webcam, HDMI, VGA and a numeric keypad. Native screen resolution is unfortunately a paltry 1600x900 pixels, which is low for such a large screen size.

Meanwhile, the NV75S02u includes a Fusion quad-core AMD A8-3500M processor with Radeon HD 6620G graphics, 4GB RAM and the same resolution and connectivity options as the Sandy Bridge model above but without USB 3.0.

A 6-cell battery will provide up to 4 hours of use for either notebook, giving a total weight of about 7.27 pounds (3.3kg) each. The NV77H05u and NV75S02u are now available for $499 and $599, respectively.


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Allen Ngo, 2011-08-18 (Update: 2012-05-26)