Gateway NV59C09u review: Gateway NV59C09u

As far as graphics go, there aren't any to speak of except for Intel's integrated HD processor. This machine is perfect at handling any form of video playback, but it can't handle games beyond casual or browser-based ones.

Juice box
Gateway NV59C09u Average watts per hour
Off (60 percent) 0.62
Sleep (10 percent) 0.93
Idle (25 percent) 8.13
Load (5 percent) 42.47
Raw kWh 40.48
Annual energy cost $4.59

Annual power consumption cost
Gateway NV5933u
$4.83 
Sony Vaio VPC-EB1JFX/B
$5.23 

The Gateway NV59C09u ran for 2 hours and 32 minutes on our video playback battery drain test, using the included six-cell battery. Anything under 3 hours on a mainstream laptop is disappointing. Apple's recent MacBooks, by comparison, last well over 5 hours. This laptop fared slightly better than the NV5933u, but by a matter of only about 15 minutes. It's essentially the same experience in a new shell.

Gateway does include a two-year limited parts-and-labor warranty with the NV59C09u, which is a year better than most laptops. Support is accessible via chat or e-mail as well as by toll-free 24-7 phone line, although there's no clear indication of any phone number on their Web site (it's 800-846-2301). An online knowledge base and driver downloads, by comparison, are relatively easy to find.

Multimedia multitasking test
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Sony Vaio VPC-EB1JFX/B
834 

Adobe Photoshop CS3 image-processing test
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Sony Vaio VPC-EB1JFX/B
139 

Apple iTunes encoding test
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Sony Vaio VPC-EB1JFX/B
185 

Video playback battery drain test
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Sony Vaio VPC-EB1JFX/B
197 

System configurations
Gateway NV5933u
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.13GHz Intel Core i3 M330; 4096MB DDR3 SDRAM 1066MHz; 128MB (Dedicated) Intel Media Accelerator HD; 320GB Hitachi 5,400rpm

Sony Vaio VPC-EB1JFX/B
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.13GHz Intel Core i3 M330; 4096MB DDR3 SDRAM 1066MHz; 128MB (Dedicated) Intel Media Accelerator HD; 500GB Seagate 5,400rpm

Dell Inspiron i1564-6980CRD
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.13GHz Intel Core i3 M330; 4096MB DDR3 SDRAM 1066MHz; 32MB (Dedicated)/1696MB (Total) Intel GMA HD; 320GB Western Digital 5,400rpm

Toshiba Satellite A505-S6025
Windows 7 Home Professional (64-bit); 2.13GHz Intel Core i3 M330; 4096MB DDR3 SDRAM 1066MHz; 512MB Nvidia GeForce 310M; 500GB Hitachi 5,400rpm

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Gateway NV59C09u

Part Number: NV59C09u

MSRP: $799.99

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Quick Specifications See All

  • Color Silk silver
  • Weight 5.7 lbs
  • Installed Size 4 GB