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Are gateway laptops good? Why is the MT6821 only $950?

by spacemonkey27 / January 30, 2007 10:59 AM PST

Why is this laptop with vista and 2gb ram so cheap this week at circuitcity and bestbuy? Am I missing something?
Are gateway laptops junk?

Intel Core 2 Duo T5200
? 160GB hard drive
? Burns DVDs and CDs ? 2GB of DDR2 memory
? Built-in 802.11agb wireless
? Windows Vista Home Premium

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by Alegoo92 / January 30, 2007 11:02 AM PST

Gateways are essentially Dell quality, not quite up to HP. My old Dell died after 1 1/2 years when the motherboard crashed. (then again, this was a year ago before I switched to macs).

Either way, Gateways are good for basic to above-basic level usage, but like most budget computers, they do not handle intense usage well and do not have a very long lifespan.

2 GB of RAM though? Good deal.

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Do you plan on gaming with it....
by steve749 / January 31, 2007 12:35 AM PST

Did you note that the graphics are integrated and limited to 224 MB of shared memory with the system?

Also that processor has a clock speed of 1.6 GHz making it the lowest speed of a Core 2 Duo(Merom).


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Not for gaming
by spacemonkey27 / January 31, 2007 1:41 AM PST

I am not planning on using this machine for gaming. I also noticed that circuitcity is selling the Gateway 14.1" Widescreen Notebook PC (MT3705) for $599

This a dual core pentium machine (with 1gb ram) which is a fairly slow cpu compared to duo core right?

Do you think the MT 3705 would have a hard time dealing with Vista and any Vista Service packs that might come out in the future?

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by steve749 / January 31, 2007 1:58 AM PST
In reply to: Not for gaming

The T2050 processor is the lowest of the Core Duo processors and will be a little worse than a Core 2 Duo though not in a big way as I recall. "Core 2 Duo vs. Core Duo" from has more details if you want to read more about that.

I suspect the MT3705 may run into issues if Vista's requirements increase over time as the graphics will take from the system RAM so while the machine has 1 GB it will see only 3/4ths of a gig since the rest is taken for the graphics as part of Vista is that Aero interface which has somewhat high requirements I believe. You may have seen various articles noting that in getting a Vista machine one look for 2 GB of RAM rather than the recommended minimum of 1 GB.


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by cash4college / February 3, 2007 12:42 AM PST

Hey, to the guy that was considering buying one!

I just got one the other day. As soon as I got it home, I installed Kaspersky Anti-Virus, Spy Sweeper, and Window Washer. Now, at idle, my computer is using about 650mb of ram, and 0-2% of the CPU. Everything opens extremely quickly, even when I have both Kaspersky AND Spy Sweeper, scanning at the same time, I can open iTunes, and multiple internet addresses. I believe that this computer is a phenomenal deal, and you would be hard pressed to find these specs anywhere else close to this price. If you have any questions that you would like answered, please email

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