Gateway NV5807u review: Gateway NV5807u

The 2.1GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T6500 processor is one we've seen in several other manufacturer's laptops in this price range, including the Toshiba Satellite A505-S6960, the Dell Studio 1440-022B, and the HP Pavilion dv4-1465dx, as well as the recently reviewed Sony Vaio NW160J.The NV5807u, however, is the most affordable laptop in this range. The T6500 is perfectly good for any basic multitasking or multimedia work, video or music viewing, or office work, as well as Web browsing. The included graphics capability doesn't give this any gaming muscle, but basic casual games play fine (we also enjoyed some Quake Live on it).

Juice box
Gateway NV5807u Average watts per hour
Off (60 percent) 0.49
Sleep (10 percent) 0.93
Idle (25 percent) 7.3
Load (5 percent) 41.23
Raw kWh 37.44
Annual energy cost $4.25

Annual power consumption cost
Gateway NV5807u
$4.25 

On the other hand, the NV5807u ran for 2 hours and 28 minutes on our video-playback battery drain test using the included six-cell battery. That's a disappointing number for a laptop this size, but it's our only real gripe with the NV5807. Then again, our video drain test is grueling--usage under normal Web-browsing and e-mail/office work conditions should produce better results.

Multimedia multitasking test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)

Adobe Photoshop CS3 image-processing test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)

Apple iTunes encoding test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)

Video playback battery drain test (in minutes)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)

Support
The system includes an industry-standard, one-year warranty, with parts-and-labor coverage and return-to-depot service. Gateway offers a 24-7, toll-free, technical-support phone line, and the Web site has the usual driver downloads and FAQs, plus options for e-mailing or online chatting with technicians.

System configurations:

Gateway NV5807u
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 (64-bit); 2.1GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T6500; 4,096MB DDR2 SDRAM 800MHz; 128MB (Shared) Mobile Intel GMA 4500MHD; 320GB Hitachi 5,400rpm.

Sony Vaio NW125 J/T
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 (64-bit); 2.1GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T6500; 4,096MB DDR2 SDRAM 800MHz; 128MB (Shared) Mobile Intel GMA 4500MHD; 320GB Hitachi 5,400rpm.

Dell Studio 1440-022B
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 (64-bit); 2.1GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T6500; 4,096MB DDR2 SDRAM 1066MHz; 256MB Nvidia GeForce 9400M G; 320GB Toshiba 5,400rpm.

Toshiba Satellite A505-S6960
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 (64-bit); 2.1GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T6500; 4,096MB DDR2 SDRAM 800MHz; 128MB (Shared) Mobile Intel GMA 4500MHD; 320GB Western Digital 5,400rpm.

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    Gateway NV5807u

    Part Number: LX.WDDOX.007 Released: Jun 25, 2009

    As shown: $599
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    Quick Specifications See All

    • Release date Jun 25, 2009
    • Operating System Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit Edition
    • Installed Size 4 GB
    • Color sleek honeycomb with glossy midnight blue
    • Weight 6 lbs
    • Optical Drive DVD±RW (±R DL) / DVD-RAM
    • Graphics Processor Intel GMA 4500MHD
    • CPU Intel Core 2 Duo T6500 / 2.1 GHz