Gateway’s NV series comes at two separate price points, a $499 model and a $599 model and while the latter is a little more appealing, the cheaper version is still a great machine at a near-netbook price.
For $499 you’re looking at AMD’s 2.1 GHz Athlon 64 CPU along with an AMD RS780MN chipset, ATI Radeon HD 3200 graphics, a 15.6-inch 1366x768 HD display (16:9), 4 GB of DDR2, a 320 GB HDD, 802.11a/b/g/Draft-N WiFi certified, multi-card reader, HDMI, 4 x USB 2.0, VGA, Ethernet, microphone jack, audio-out jack, and a six cell Li-ion battery. The whole lot ships Windows Vista Home Premium SP1. Not bad for just under $500.
The more expensive $599 version packs Intel’s Core 2 Duo T6500, Mobile Intel GM459 Express chipset and Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD, a 15.6-inch 1366x768 HD display, 4 GB of DDR2, 320 GB HDD, DVD-Super Multi double-layer drive, HDMI, 4 x USB 2.0, VGA, Ethernet, microphone jack, audio-out jack, 6 cell Li-ion battery and Windows Vista Home Premium.
Those of you looking for color choices have the option of NightSky Black, Midnight Blue, Cherry Red, or Coffee Brown.