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First Look: Gateway ID47H02u

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First Look: Gateway ID47H02u

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Gateway's full-featured budget laptop is well-priced for its specs, and it has a surprisingly long battery life.

-I'm Scott Stein, senior editor at CNET.com and this is the Gateway ID47HO2U. Now, if you're going back to school shopping or looking for a budget laptop, Gateway makes a few models that may not know about, and there only 2, the NB and the ID series. Both top out at $699, so they are both really budget laptops. The ID is maybe a little more fancy than the NB line. We prefer it because of the fact that it's smaller. It's a 14-inch laptop. It's got a nice sleek design actually something you may not know currently existing Gateway's lineup, and everything works well, the touchpad even it looks weird works really well and the specs are great. It's got a Core i5 processor, 500 gigabyte hard drive, 4 gigs of ram for that $699 price. Maybe you're looking for something that's even cheaper. Maybe you say hey $500 is a budget laptop to me. Well, you're right, $500 would have been an ideal price though maybe hard to achieve. At least $100 list would have been perfect. 699 is really not bad for what you're getting in this package and it also has a USB 3.0 port. You could buy a lot of other laptops from other manufacturers and laptops are getting cheaper especially Windows [unk] seemingly every month, but to us this sounds like a really good value and it's got a 6-hour battery life on our test, which is great. Take that into a compact package, add an optical drive which is thrown in here and really does compete with some of the best 14-inch laptops that we have seen especially in this price range. Take a look at it. It's the Gateway ID47HO2U. I'm Scott Stein at CNET.com.

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