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September 5, 2011 9:49:16 AM

This seems to be a decent deal... what do you think? I am considering buying this because I need a laptop soon and I can pay this off over 5 months and that is the only way I can afford a laptop right now. Please don't just respond with "check out this other laptop", I'd just like your opinion on this one... it is on sale for $599

Gateway 15.6" LED-Backlit LCD, Core i3, 4GB RAM, 320GB HDD Laptop with Software Bundle
Visibly smart performance starts with Gateway, driven by a powerful dual-core Intel Core i3 processor. This Gateway notebook provides a complete and portable PC experience with rich media features, wireless connectivity and a brilliant LED-backlit display. Get faster Web browsing, smooth, streaming high-definition video and vivid graphics—great for photo and video editing. Plus, the included software bundle offers a bundle of fun and productivity to get you started.

What You Get

Gateway 15.6" laptop computer (NV57H37u)
6-cell Lithium-ion battery
AC adapter
Quick-start guide
PC Essentials 20 Standard software DVD
Manufacturer's 1-year limited warranty


Gateway NV57H37u Laptop Features

Intel Core i3 second-generation processor
Delivers a fast, responsive and immersive laptop experience
Onboard Intel HD graphics processor for stunning visuals for video, gaming and graphics
Smart 4-way multitasking means you can do more without slow-downs

Ultrabright high-definition widescreen LCD with LED backlight
Supports 720p high-definition resolution
Watch widescreen HD movies, play immersive games, view detailed photos
Wider display offers more onscreen "real estate" to make multitasking easier
LED backlight helps conserve battery power

Intel Wireless Display (Wi-Di)
Enjoy multimedia content wirelessly from your PC on your HDTV
Uses a simple wireless connection with a Wi-Di adapter (sold separately)
Intel Wi-Di widget makes setup a breeze
No more crowding around a laptop screen

4GB of DDR3 memory
Delivers blistering system speed to handle high-end gaming and multimedia
Open up multiple programs without slowing down

DVD SuperMulti combo drive
Burn and playback multiple formats of DVDs and CDs

Wireless N networking
Offers speeds of up to 300Mbps to wireless transfer files and stream multimedia content
Requires the use of a compatible wireless router (not included)

More Features
Built-in webcam
HDMI output
Gigabit Ethernet
Kensington lock slot

Specs
The Key Specs
Model #:
NV57H37u
Operating System:
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit edition
Processor:
2.1GHz Intel Core i3-2310M dual-core processor
Memory:
4GB DDR3
Hard Drive:
320GB 5400RPM SATA
Optical Drive:
DVD-Super Multi double-layer drive
Supports DVD±R/RW and CD-R/RW
Max Speeds: 8X DVD, 24X CD

Media Card Reader:
Supports Secure Digital (SD), MultiMediaCard (MMC), Memory Stick (MS, MS-PRO), xD

LCD Monitor:
15.6" Ultrabright HD widescreen LCD with LED backlight
1366 x 768 resolution

Additional Specs
Graphics:
Intel HD Graphics 3000
Video Memory:
128MB of dedicated memory
Cache Memory:
3MB L3
Sound System:
Built-in speaker
High-definition audio support
Built-in microphone and headphone jack

Wireless Network Adapter:
802.11 b/g/n

Network Adapter:
10/100/1000 Gigabit LAN

Pointing Device:
Touchpad

Ports:
(3) USB 2.0
(1) HDMI
(1) VGA out
(1) Microphone in
(1) Headphone/line out
(1) RJ-45 LAN

Battery:
6-cell Lithium-ion (4400 mAh)
Up to 4 hours on a single charge

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September 6, 2011 1:57:45 AM

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Yes, it is a good deal for you! The computer specs as listed by you sounds good and worth $ 600 new. If you are satisfied with Gateway reliability, it is ok. I would not recommend Gateway over Asus, Toshiba, Sony, HP.
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