Far from being subsumed into the global Acer brand, Gateway continues to churn out new laptops, including a few fairly sharp-looking models. Today, Gateway has updated its NV and ID laptop lines with new looks and new features.
The thin Gateway ID47 manages to fit a 14-inch display into a chassis closer to the size of a 13-inch laptop. The minimalist, nearly monochrome design has a brushed-metal look to the flat lid, which Gateway calls "Brushed Platinum." An alternate design, called "Infinity Blue Liquid," is also available.
The ID47 has a large clickpad-style touch pad, a change from the previous generation, as well as edge-to-edge glass over the display and a USB 3.0 port that also offers a sleep-and-charge mode for powering accessories while the laptop is turned off or sleeping.
Under the hood, the biggest change is the addition of second-generation Intel Core i-series processors--pretty much a must-have for any new laptop halfway through 2011. Some versions of the ID will include discrete Nvidia graphics.
The workhorse Gateway NV line has also gotten a makeover, with the same USB 3.0 port, but in a 15.6-inch chassis. The NV57 model has a second-generation Intel Core i-series CPU, whereas the NV55 model has AMD's new A-series CPU/GPU combo.
Both the Gateway ID and NV laptop lines are available immediately, according to the company. The 14-inch ID starts at $699, and the 15.6-inch NV starts at $529.