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Gateway NV79 first impressions

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July 3, 2010 11:11:14 PM

My 2.5 year old Compaq c500 wasn't really cutting it anymore. The screen is too small and it spends too much time at boot and shutdown, being a Vista system.

So I decided to upgrade and sell off the Compaq.

I bought this Gateway based on features and a cnet review. It was $620 out the door at a nearby outlet Best Buy. I could have bought similar laptops from HP or Dell at similar prices, but there would have been quite a wait to receive either.

The features I wanted:
17.3"
i3-330M
4GB
Win7 64-bit
A BETTER touch-pad

So far I seem to have gotten just what I wanted plus more. The wireless seems very strong, picking up signals from far away. I'm really only interested in a surfing and writing machine, with perhaps the ability to do some light multi-tasking.

There seems to be virtually no heat produced while surfing.

Bloatware was very minimal. I was able to uninstall Norton and install AVG easily.
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July 4, 2010 4:06:40 AM

Excellent buy. What sort of graphics does it have? Intel or a dedicated card?
July 4, 2010 7:17:29 AM

Not sure why I thought it was $620, price out the door was actually $590.

It's just Intel graphics, but scrolling is smooth and that's all I care about. I'll check a DVD or something though and see how it does.

I should add that although the keyboard is big and feels really great, it's laid out a bit odd.

Here's a link to the deal:
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Gateway+-+Laptop+with+Intel...
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