Gateway Launches New NV Series Notebooks

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Gateway took the wraps off of its new NV Series line of notebook PCs today with the latest AMD “APU” processors and discrete graphics. Is it finally possible to buy a good desktop replacement notebook for less than the cost of an iPad 2?

The flagship model of the new NV line is the Gateway NV51B05u, which features an AMD E-350 processor and ATI Radeon HD 6310 graphics that work together to deliver a significantly better multimedia performance than what you’ll typically find on a budget-priced 15-inch notebook.

Technically, the E-350 is one of AMD’s new “accelerated processing unit” (APU) which combines a dual-core CPU with a 1.6GHz clock speed and a Radeon graphics processing unit (GPU) on a single processor die. This allows computer manufacturers like Gateway to squeeze more computational power into a smaller area; this means you’ll get a relatively thin and lightweight 15-inch laptop with a lot more video and graphics horsepower than a similarly priced notebook from 2010.

You won’t have to worry if this system can handle streaming Netflix or watching smooth 1080p HD video. The E-350 and Radeon HD 6310 can do all that and still let you play many popular PC games. Not only that, but the power-friendly E-350 chip should help the new NV series deliver good battery life as well.

The Gateway NV51B05u is available now at technology retailers at a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $469.99.

In terms of the look and feel of these notebooks, the new NV line delivers a full-sized keyboard, a 15.6-inch HD widescreen Ultrabright LED-backlit display with 1366 x 768 resolution, three USB ports, an HDMI port and a variety of configurations with ample memory and a large hard drive.

In addition to the new NV51B05u, Gateway will offer at least three other NV-series laptops with the AMD APU Vision technology. The Gateway NV51B02u also has the new AMD E-Series Processor E-350 and has an MSRP of $449.99. The NV51B08u has an AMD C-50 APU with a lower MSRP of $399.99.

Gateway NV51B05u Specifications:

  • Processor and Graphics: AMD E-350 with AMD Radeon HD 6310 Graphics (dual-core CPU at 1.6 GHz and dual DX-11 SIMDs at 500 MHz)
  • Operating System: Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
  • Memory: 3GB DDR3
  • Hard Drive: 500GB 5400RPM SATA
  • Display: 15.6″ HD Widescreen Ultrabright LED-backlit Display (1366 x 768 resolution, 16:9 aspect ratio)
  • Color: Wave Pattern Case Design with Satin Black Lid
  • Wireless: 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • Optical Drive: 8x DVD-Super Multi Double-Layer Drive
  • Network: 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN (RJ-45 port)
  • Sound: High-Definition Audio Support, Mono speaker, microphone, headphone/Speaker/Line-Out Jack
  • Web Camera: Built-In 1.3MP Webcam (1280 x 1024)
  • External Ports: Three USB 2.0, VGA Port, HDMI with HDCP Support
  • Media Card Reader: 2-in-1 Digital Media Card Reader (Multi Media Card & Secure Digital)
  • Battery: 6-Cell Lithium Ion (4400 mAh)
  • Dimensions: 1.22″-1.34″ (H) x 15″ (W) x 9.96″ (D)
  • Weight: 5.72 lbs. (2.6 kg) system only
  • Warranty: 1 Year Parts and Labor Limited Warranty
  • MSRP: $469.99

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