Gateway MD2614u review: Gateway MD2614u

The MD2614u's performance was right in the middle of the pack in our collection of entry-level retail fixed-configuration laptops (with systems costing under $600). The 2.1GHz AMD Turion X2 dual-core RM-72 is good enough for basic multitasking, and overall we were happy with the speed at which it handled our CNET Labs' tests. The integrated ATI graphics processor doesn't support much beyond casual gaming and movie playback, but that's really all that's needed in an entry-level laptop.

The notebook ran for 1 hour and 57 minutes on our DVD battery drain test, using the included eight-cell battery. This isn't bad, all things considered, but when compared to Intel-based systems it's clear that AMD has catching up to do on its processors' power consumption. Our battery drain test is especially grueling, so you can expect longer life from casual Web surfing and office use.

Gateway includes an industry-standard, one-year, parts-and-labor warranty with the system, though charges may apply to phone support. The company's Web site includes the expected driver downloads and FAQs, as well as the opportunity to send e-mail to a technician. Every MD series laptop also comes preloaded with Gateway's BigFix diagnostic software.

Multimedia multitasking test (in seconds)
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Adobe Photoshop CS3 image-processing 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 MD2614u

    Part Number: LX.W790X.004 Released: Jan 15, 2009

    As Reviewed: $549.99

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    Quick Specifications See All

    • Release date Jan 15, 2009
    • Operating System Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit Edition
    • Installed Size 3 GB
    • Color jet black
    • Weight 7.1 lbs
    • Optical Drive DVD±RW (±R DL) / DVD-RAM
    • Graphics Processor ATI Radeon HD 3200
    • CPU AMD Turion X2 mobile processor RM-72 / 2.1 GHz