Gateway LT3103u review: Gateway LT3103u

Annual Energy Cost (in dollars)
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Juice box
Gateway LT3103u  
Off (watts) 0.34
Sleep (watts) 0.8
Idle (watts) 12.24
Load (watts) 24.16
Raw (annual kWh) 39.88
Annual operating cost (@$0.1135/kWh) $4.53

The biggest weakness we found in the LT31 was its battery life. Without the firm focus on power efficiency found in the Intel Atom or AMD Neo, we only got 3 hours and 2 minutes on our video playback battery test. That's not terrible, but Netbooks are intended for on-the-go use, and when the competition regularly tops the 5-hour mark, battery life is not something a small system like this should skimp on. The mediocre battery life is especially troubling considering the bulky six-cell battery that pokes out from the back of the chassis.

Gateway includes an industry-standard, one-year, parts-and-labor warranty with the system. Support is accessible through a 24-7, toll-free phone line, and entering your serial number on Gateway's support page takes you to a handy personalized hub with online knowledge base and driver downloads.

Multimedia multitasking test (in seconds)
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Adobe Photoshop CS3 image-processing test (in seconds)
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Jalbum photo conversion test (in seconds)
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Apple iTunes encoding test (in seconds)
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Video playback battery drain test (in minutes)
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Gateway LT3103u
Windows Vista Home Basic SP1; 1.2GHz AMD Athlon 64 L110; 2048MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 384MB (Shared) ATI Mobility Radeon X1270; 250GB Seagate 5400rpm

Dell Inspiron Mini 10
Windows XP Home Edition SP3; 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z530; 1024MB DDR2 SDRAM 533MHz; 256MB (Shared) Mobile Intel GMA 950; 160GB Western Digital 5400rpm

Lenovo Ideapad S12
Windows XP Home SP3; 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270; 1024MB DDR2 SDRAM 533MHz; 128MB (Shared) Mobile Intel GMA 950; 160GB Hitachi 5400rpm

Asus Eee PC 1101HA
Windows XP Home Edition SP3; 1.33GHz Intel Atom Z520; 1024MB DDR2 SDRAM 533MHz; 256MB (Shared) Mobile Intel GMA 500; 160GB Hitachi 5400rpm

Acer Aspire One AO751h-1545
Windows XP Home Edition SP3; 1.33GHz Intel Atom Z520; 1024MB DDR2 SDRAM 533MHz; 64MB (Shared) Mobile Intel GMA 500; 160GB Seagate 5400rpm

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Gateway LT3103u

Part Number: LU.WEW0Y.002 Released: Aug 15, 2009

MSRP: $379.00

See manufacturer website for availability.

Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date Aug 15, 2009
  • Resolution 1366 x 768 ( HD )
  • Installed Size 2 GB
  • Color night sky black
  • Weight 3 lbs
  • Graphics Processor ATI Radeon X1270
  • CPU Athlon 64 1.2 GHz
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