While current parent company Acer seems to play down the Gateway brand these days, we still think it happens to make a few very nice laptops. We always loved the 17-inch FX series of budget gaming laptops (now mysteriously discontinued, for reasons Gateway reps claim they don't themselves understand), and we recently awarded a rare Editors' Choice nod to the 17-inch NV7915u--a $600 desktop replacement.
Gateway is now updating that NV series with new versions of the 15.6-inch NV5 and the 17.3-inch NV7. One configuration of the 15-inch models includes a Blu-ray drive and an Intel Core i3 processor for $799, but prices start at $529. Some 17-inch models will include ATI Radeon discrete graphics.
Gateway says "models in the line will be available at retailers nationwide over the coming weeks," but we're not sure exactly which configurations will be available from which retailers (Best Buy currently carries some of the current NV laptops).
After the jump, more details on Gateway's flagship new 15-inch Blu-ray NV model.
Gateway NV59C09u; MSRP: $799.99
- Intel Core i3-330M Processor (2.13GHz, 1066MHz FSB, 3MB L2 cache)
- Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
- 15.6-inch HD wide-screen Ultrabright TFT LCD Display (1,366x768)
- Mobile Intel HM55 Express Chipset
- 4096MB DDR3 dual-channel 1066MHz memory
- Intel Graphics Media Accelerator HD
- 320GB 5400RPM SATA hard drive
- 4X Blu-ray Disc/DVD-Super multi-double-layer drive
- 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi
- 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN (RJ-45 port)
- High-def Webcam (1,280x1,024)
- Two stereo speakers
- Multi-in-1 Digital Media Card Reader
- One HDMI port and three USB 2.0 Ports
- Multigesture touchpad
- Dedicated numeric keypad
- 6-cell li ion (4400 mAh) battery
- Weight: 5.72 pounds
- Two-year limited warranty