Editor's note: In early September 2005, Gateway changed the names of many of its laptops. Read our explanation to learn how to make sense of the new names and where to find CNET's reviews of Gateway laptops. (10/13/05)
The CX200 series brings handwriting to the world of wide-screen laptops, with a 14-inch, 1,280x768 native resolution display that swivels 180 degrees and folds flat over the keyboard to create a tablet. Like other Gateway notebooks, the CX200-series tablets can be ordered with a wide variety of components and accessories. Starting at $1,099, the CX200S offers a 1.4GHz Celeron processor; up to 2GB of fast, 533MHz RAM; 40GB to 80GB hard drives that spin at a swift 5,400rpm; and a choice of a CD-RW/DVD-ROM drive or a double-layer, multiformat DVD burner. The CX200X (prices start at $1,399) offers all of the same configuration options, except it is built on a 1.73GHz Pentium M processor and offers only 60GB or 80GB hard drives.
The $1,149 S-7200C, identical to the CX200S but with additional software and services for small businesses, offers the same configuration options with a few key differences. Buyers can choose a 1.4GHz Celeron processor or upgrade to a Pentium M processor in speeds up to 2.13GHz, and they can select an integrated Intel or discrete ATI Radeon X600 graphics chip.
Similarly, the M280E is identical to the CX200S but with software and services designed to appeal to companies with more than 100 employees. Models start at $1,299 and include all the same configuration choices as the S-7200C, with the exception of a CD-ROM option for the tablet's built-in optical drive.
The $1,964 Gateway CX200X we tested included a fast, 2.13GHz Pentium M processor, 1GB of RAM, an 80GB hard drive, and a high-performance ATI Mobility Radeon X600 graphics accelerator with 64MB of its own memory. Find out more in our full review.