CNET First Look
Gateway NV 51BTaking a CPU intended for an 11-inch ultraportable, and sticking it in a mid-size system can be a recipe for disaster. Gateway's 15-inch AMD Fusion NV51B05u passes that bar, but not by a huge margin.
-I'm Dan Ackerman and we are here taking a look at the Gateway NV 51B and that was we don't really like cheap laptop, probably like inexpensive laptop. The difference of cheap laptop is made of cheap components and really underperforms and inexpensive laptop spends its budget wisely using reasonably price components, selling a few for reasonable price and keeping your expectations in check. This is one of the first handfuls of laptops to use AMD's new Fusion platform, which combines a CPU and a discrete GPU. Usually, we've seen this in 11-inch ultraportable where this is a sort of nice step up from that old Intel Atom model, better performance, better building graphics, decent battery life. Putting that kind of low power cheap, however, in a bigger 15-inch laptop is potentially risky for disaster. We saw a Toshiba not too long ago that used the slowly E250 version of this AMD CPU and that was a complete disaster. This isn't, however, uses a faster E350 version, so it passes that bar remains a pretty usable 15-inch budget price laptop. It's not gonna knock out as long as you keep your expectations modest is going to do pretty well. The first thing we notice even though it's made completely of plastic, looks and feels like a plastic laptop, there's kind of this weird woodgrain pattern built right into it. You can see it here in the wrist rest and also on the back of the lid. It adds a little visual flare, not truthfully super necessary. You get the same sort of flat keyboard that you find on a lot of Gateway laptops these days. There's room for number pad because the chassis is nice and wide, but you've got this little rinky dinky touchpad right here with the rocker bar instead of a separate buttons that's always a no-no in our book. We would have like to see a match bigger touchpad because this is a fairly large screen laptop. Performance wise, as long as you keep in mind, this isn't under $500 15-inch laptop. You shouldn't be too disappointed. The multitasking was a little bit slow, but those AMD built-in graphics were good enough for some basic casual gaming and even streaming, HD full-screen video. We checked that with some Netflix; we checked that with some YouTube trailers and it played HD video pretty well, which is not something you can say about every sub $500 15-inch laptop. As long as you keep your expectations modest and you don't mind getting a little bit of an odd woodgrain pattern in your plastic, this is one of the cooler budget 15-inch laptop. At category, there are not too many entries in these days that we've seen in a while. I'm Dan Ackerman and that is the Gateway NV 51B.