Pros Great design and like good designs nowadays it comes with the finger print magnet finish. 11.1" screen is great. Screen resolution is very satisfying and when you have AMD and ATI in the mix for a device labed a "netbook" you really cannot lose.
Cons Wi-Fi in Ubuntu Jaunty doesn't work. Offers you the Gateway Recovery Management, but you need a CD/DVD external burner in order to utilize it - wish they gave it the ability to write to external non-optical drives instead.
Summary Bottom line is if you're looking for a netbook with a little more umph as far as scren size and HD size and don't mind a bit more "junk in the trunk" as far as six cells go then you may want to check this out. Keep in mind back up/recovery options on this book isn't all there unless you're willing to dish out at least an extra $65-$70 for an external CD/DVD burner and dual booting with Ubuntu Jaunty is pointless since wif-fi doesn't work when running the OS. Whats the point in calling it a netbook as far as running Ubuntu Jaunty on it. goes.
Vista is an alright OS, but I'll be going to Win7 when that hits the shelves. Would like to see someone else' experience with WindXP on this system. Haven't done so on my behalf since I do not believe all of the drivers will be able to load onto that OS and again with the recovery issue worrying me a bit.
Pros For the price this is a very good box. Image quality is excellent. The ATI dedicated video memory makes a huge difference. This netbook performs equal too or slightly better than a 500.00 netbook. Actual Battery life runs into the 4 hour range.
Cons Vista. Like other reviewers, this OS will be gone when I get some MSDN copies of Windows 7. I would put the W7RC on this box but dont want to deal with an OS cert that expires in a year.
Summary I am not a slave to trends but I got this for my net junkie wife after her media laptop died and I slapped a DNR sticker on it. A netbook is a nice and compact surf machine. Other than that dont expect much from any netbook.I have since updated to Windows 7 and this netbook cooks. It is a full blown five stars bursting at the seams.
However, this Gateway can actually run Office 2003 and 07. Netflix streaming is superior on this box than other netbooks I looked at. Our experience with batter-life has been more acceptable than the official CNET review. It boasts a larger end screen and light weight.
I am a little perplexed why Gateway would weigh down the hardware advantages by putting the bloated Jaba-esque Vista OS on it. But this is easly remedied with a OS upgrade that can be done by anybody who can read. So with a little tweaking with the OS and a cleaned up registry, this box could very easily get a 5 star rating.
Updated on Sep 15, 2009
Pros the ram can easily be upgrade hard drive removed and upgraded even the wireless components have a hatch.its ATI video has its own 500mb of video ram and doesnt subtract from the systems main ram like the INTEL GMA This netbook will game litely.
Cons Glossy plastic finish finger print magnet.
is not as easy to open up as it should be the silver screen lift tab is small.
windows xp option would be good vista really Requires 2gb of ram.
to use intensively.
Summary slow hard drive is a let down but the removable hatch to swap out hard drives is good.the model i purchased came with
Example of playable games on this little netbook 20-40 Fps average
"defense grid awakening, Anything Quake2/quake3 engine powerd,diablo2,unreal tournament series. Excluding 3, any pop cap games, total annihilation,
it will play 720p resolution movies
recommend dumping IE and Media player and replace with opera and Vlc media player. as media player is too hard drive intensive and slow drive ='s lots of stalling slowness and IE is just garbage to being with opera is way more compact simple and safer.
its not a mac its not intels baby and nvidia's no where to be seen..
its an AMD ATI BABY! c'mon support the little guy's
i like it and will use it till its inevitable compu death.
Updated on Jul 28, 2009
1 gb of ddr2 ram not 2
160gb 5200rpm hard drive not 250gb
the Ati has 511mb of hyperMemory not a max of 256mb
as the spec dictate on cnet
Pros Amazingly crisp and bright screen, great keyboard, great touchpad, attractive design, fit & finish, more power than your average Atom netbook. Runs Windows 7 incredibly.
Cons Slightly larger than the average netbook. Uses a Wifi card with a driver that was a bit difficult to find for Windows 7 but after found works just fine... Atheros.
Summary I've had almost every netbook available-- Dell Mini's, HP's, Lenovo S10, Sony Vaio P-- The Gateway LT31 is what netbook "done right" looks like. Stylish, powerful, thin & light. It is slightly larger length & width wise, but definitely not thickness and weight wise. Head and shoulders above any other netbook with regards to performance, build quality and aesthetics. This is Sony qualtiy at a rock bottom price.
Pros Screen size, battery, performance, windows 7 ability, portable, nice looking,ATI graphics, keyboard size is great!
Cons mouse button (not a problem if you use a usb) no HDMI but didnt really expect it, not much ram to upgrade
Summary I bought this laptop used on craigslist to bring on a trip. I've been using it and charged it fully and I get over 2 and a half hours! It is perfect to carry around and is actually quite nice to type on. It is fast and worth the money! Highly suggesting it.