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Gateway EC14D07uBy adding a DVD burner to its Netbook-like form factor and dual-core processor, the Gateway EC14D07u fills a need for those who can't say goodbye to physical discs--although it also costs more, too.
>>Scott Stein: Hi, this is Scott Stein, Senior Associate Editor at CNET.com and this is the Gateway EC14DO7u. Now, this goes out to all of you people who have been asking for a small, portable laptop that's like a netbook that happens to have a DVD drive. That's pretty rare in a lot of netbook size portables, but it happens to be that this Gateway has one built in. Now, it's got a nice little magic trick considering this is an 11.6 inch screen and a pretty compact little laptop and it's not really a netbook. See, for $629 this comes with a dual core Pentium processor which really puts it in the category of thin and lite type of laptops. In fact, we reviewed a Toshiba T135 not so long ago that had very similar specs. What it means is that you can actually do a little bit of multi-tasking and the processor speed is faster than an atom powered netbook so it kind of feels like you can get a little bit more done. In fact, screening videos full screen in Hulu is pretty nice on a laptop like this, it's much better than you would find on a netbook. You also get four gigs of RAM and a 320 hard drive and five plus hours of battery life, which is pretty good. Now, we do have to say as well, that for that same $629, you could get a Core i3 laptop, which is far faster at multi-tasking and you can get ones with a really nice, big screens. Unfortunately, it won't have the battery life necessarily or the portability that this model does but we just wanted to throw this out there for those of you who are looking for one and it is a pretty nice little compact form. Not the greatest of keyboards, but hey, you're buying it for the DVD drive, right. I'm Scott Stein and this is the Gateway EC14DO7u.