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Gateway NX100 - First Take

Home and business users seeking an inexpensive, if basic, ultraportable will be pleased with the well-designed Gateway NX100X.

Gateway NX100X series

Gateway's first ultraportable model since 2002, the NX100X/E-100M makes a great first impression with its sleek black case, brushed-aluminum details, and dark blue status lights. The two model names describe essentially the same laptop with a few key differences. The NX100X is aimed at consumers and includes an external DVD burner and a one-year warranty, while the E-100M, aimed at business users, offers an optional Trusted Platform Module and a three-year warranty. (Find out more about Gateway's naming conventions here.)

Under the hood, all NX100X/E-100M laptops include Ultra Low Volt Intel Core Solo processors; up to 100GB hard drives spinning at 5,400rpm; up to 2GB of 533MHz RAM (with support for fast 667MHz memory); and integrated Intel graphics. Every model also includes a 12.1-inch wide-screen display (the same size as the Dell Latitude X1's), with a sharp 1,280x800 native resolution.

We tested an NX100X with a 1.2GHz ultra-low-voltage Intel Core Solo processor, 512MB of 533MHz RAM, an 80GB hard drive spinning at 5,400rpm, and integrated Intel graphics that borrow up to 128MB of system memory. While its performance and features seemed just average, we liked its minimalist design and low price tag. Find out more in our full review of the Gateway NX100X.

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