Pros Geforce 8800m Gts, 4 Gb Ram, Wireless Abilities
Cons Screen, Keyboard
Summary I’ve done my Research on the Gateway p-6860FX Gaming laptop. I hoping this review will help anyone else looking to buy this awesome laptop.
I will go with the Pros first:
1. 17 Inch Screen
2. Geforce 8800m Gts
3. B,G,A,N and Bluetooth 2.0 Wireless
4. 4 GB Ram
5. Maybe not the fastest Processer at 1.83 GHz, but at least as fast if not faster than my 2.8 GHz PD
6. Webcam and Mic
7. 320 GB Hard drive
8. Esata, HDMI, Vga, Gigabit Ethernet, Media Card Reader
9. Not very heavy if you carry in backpack
10. Number Pad next to keyboard
11. Hard switch for Wi-Fi
12. Large Track Pad with up and down and left to right scroll
13. It stays relatively cool because it has a large heat sink for both CPU and gpu.
14. The bottom does not get hot for regular use, but when playing Crysis or any other intensive game it can start to get hot.
15. Even when you are playing Crysis there is not much CPU heat, but there is tons of gpu heat. (Outside the laptop, not inside)
Now for Games:
1. COD4: Everything Maxed Out (never below 30 FPS)
2. Crysis: With first patch
DX10 1024x768, AA=No AA, Vsync=Disabled, 32 bit test, FullScreen
If you upgraded the processer to the 2.5 GHz then you probably could get everything at very high next to shaders and object quality and maybe shadows.
With all of those settings turned on I get 25 – 35 FPS (Frames per Second) in open and 15 to 25 Fps in Fights.
Word in Conflict Demo:
With the resolution set to highest and everything else set to very high I would get around 25-30 FPS unless you zoom down into the fight then you get around 10-15 FPS.
Any other game you play will be on max graphics unless you go to a super high resolution like 1920x1200.
Hard drive Speed:
31.2 MB/s (Min) 60.4 MB/s (Max) 48.2MB (AVG) for around 3 min testing using HD Tune.
Super Pi: (1)1.83 GHz Core 2 Duo CPU against (2)2.8 GHz Pentium D CPU
128K: (1) 2 sec (2) 4 sec
1 Million: (1) 31 sec (2) 46 sec
32 Million: (1) 27 min 35 sec (2) 38min 18 sec
Wireless Range with D-Link DIR-625 N Router:
40 Feet away though a floor and two walls. 4 Bars sometimes changing to 5, but I think this is not connected to N. So if it was then it would get even longer range.
Battery Life is okay considering what’s inside this laptop. Playing the game Warrock lasted 1 hour and 15 min on max performance. Surfing the web would last over two hours depending on performance level and screen brightness.
Power usage: Max Performance / Screen brightness all the way up / Wi-Fi on
Just typing a Word Doc: (48 watts)
Playing Crysis: (102 watts)
Now For the Bad:
1. The Keyboard: (The shift key is too small and the arrow keys are right next to it; so when I type, I push the up arrow instead of shift. Also the Fn key is where the Ctrl key should be and you can’t reprogram the Fn key for games.
2. The Screen: Compared to my Dell 2007FP 20 inch monitor, its does not look very good. All of the colors are washed out and the screen seems too bright.
3. Has to be polished to keep looking nice. Attracts finger prints easily.
4. Web Cam: Color is off and is laggy using Skype.
5. Microphone: Needs to be more sensitive
6. Mic Jack: Even though it recognized something being plugged into the Mic jack, it did not work. (Would just use internal Mic.)
Overall this laptop is great and half of the problems can be easily fixed as long as you’re not on the go. For $1250 with free game and 2 years no interest you can’t beat it.
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Pros nvidia video card, 4 gig ram, vista 64bit, speakers, 2 hard drive bay, and it can be upgraded.
Cons slow processor
Summary I have been using both PC and MAC for years. I had a macbook and wanted a bigger laptop. Looked at the Macbook Pro and a price tag of $2700.00, No way. I got lucky and got this at my local Best Buy for $892.00. 1/3 of the price of Macbook pro .
I must admit, the first thing I did is to reinstall Vista w/o any gateway crap. Some tweaking to Vista and laptop is super fast and stable. You can even upgrade the processor on this laptop in the future. If you want to play games, disable vista aero and your antivirus. also use a USB disk drive or SD card for readyboost and this thing will run all your games.
Pros Nice video card (just sub par to the 3d versions out today), conveniently placed ports, very nice touch pad and full keyboard. Can multibox up to 10 of 1 game with minimal choppiness as well as having a nice large screen and surprising battery life even a
Cons people complain about the dual core processor which for its time was top of the line for laptops and for gaming most of not all games still to this day use no more than 4 cores so stop complaining.
Summary this lap top is 1000x times better than the dell gaming version or Asus gaming verions of it from its time.
Pros with 2.4ghz T770 Intel makes up for the wimpy 1.8ghz
Great video card 8800m GTS
all the ram you need for a 32bit configuration
Cons could do with a larger HDD but the second bay makes up for it.
Sadly due to the powerful fans it doesn't take long for them to gum up with lint and the standoffs could be a little better to allow greater airflow
Summary This system has to be the best computer desktop or otherwise that I have ever had the pleasure of using. You can set the game settings to max and the only noticeable difference is the noise from the fans as the boost up to cope with the added pressure put on them. And the auto shut down from overheating GPU or CPU (I haven't had the CPU overheat yet) is a welcome feature that will save your system in case you lapse on the cleaning.
It's the M16 of the computer world a great and effective weapon not as powerful as some others and if you don't clean it often then you end up with a club but keep it clean and it will definitely serve you well. This system I have is a 2008 model with and upped CPU of 2.4ghz from the 1.8ghz stock one and even getting close to 4 years down the road it still performs very well and the battery can still play 3hrs of movies and about an hour and a half of gaming which form my experience is great, I see absolutely no need to upgrade this system for the foreseeable future.
I got the system for a steal due to the previous owner trading for my desktop. It had some problems with overheating but after I took it apart (warranty long gone anyway) and vacuumed out the lint and dust it's overheating disappeared I didn't even need to change the thermal compound, I wasn't sure at first what the problem was with the temps but after getting Aida64 and GPU-Z I was able to narrow it down to the GPU and that alone. Which made knowing what to do to fix it easier but if you haven't taken apart a laptop before I don't recommend starting with this one. It had to be one of the harder puzzle boxes I have attempted to fix and I am not looking forward to doing it again when the fans inevitably gum up again in the future. If you are a serious gamer you are going to be having to do this about once every three months but if this is your office system you may never need to do it as the fans won't be going into overdrive unless you play some serious 3D apps and games.
Overall though if you have the opportunity to buy one of these then I suggest you could do way worse and for the price not much better.
Pros big screen, built in webcam, Nvidia GeForce 8800M GTS, 4GB DDR2
Cons - non-durability of the life of this computer
- ports and connectors (failed to work on the 3rd year)
- monitor (split screen problems)
- Gateway does not sell the parts needed to fix this but will repair for $199
Summary - video card and all port connectors are not working anymore (I've had this computer for about 3 years)I forgot to mention that the CPU choice for this computer is too slow and does not compensate for the other high-tech hardware that comes with it.
- I also own a Dell Inspiron 6000 (I've had this computer for more than 5 years and all hardware and software are still working in fine condition with the exception that the monitor light is not as bright) -- this was my main computer throughout my years of college.
- though I liked this computer when it worked, I don't trust it because it gets overheated all the time and that heats up the keyboard -- you can feel the heat as you type (highly inefficient design)
- difficult to fix the hardware issue I'm having because I can't replace the video card because it's integrated with the motherboard
- there are some cool features with this computer but never expect the hardware parts to fail out so fast.
Updated on Nov 3, 2010