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Gateway spices up new notebooks

The computer maker unveils four new laptops, with an eye on the upcoming holiday season.

Gateway on Friday unveiled four new notebooks that target holiday shoppers.

The new offerings include the 4530GZ and 4535GZ notebooks, which come with Intel Pentium M processors, a multiformat DVD±RW drive, an XGA thin-film-transistor display, wireless connectivity and improved battery life, the Irvine, Calif.-based company said. The notebooks weigh 5.5 pounds and are about 1-inch thick.

Two other products--the 7405GX and 7210GX--are considered desktop replacement notebooks, with 64MB of video memory, multiformat media card readers, wide-screen displays and full-size keyboards, Gateway said. These notebooks also can be hooked to a home wireless network. The 7210GX is powered by Advanced Micro Devices' Athlon XP 3000+ Mobile processor. The 7405GX uses the Athlon 64 processor 3200+ with HyperTransport technology for 64-bit computing.

Gateway debuted its retail notebooks this summer, in a step designed to expand distribution beyond its direct sales channels. The move followed its acquisition of eMachines earlier this year.

Other PC makers have also lined up a number of new desktops and notebook products for this holiday season. Hewlett-Packard has updated several of its HP Pavilion and Compaq Presario desktops. Meanwhile, Dell recently beefed up its low-end Dimension desktop, unveiling the Dimension 3000.

Gateway said retailers will start selling the new laptops this weekend. The prices of the 4530GZ and the 4535GZ start at $1,349.99, while the desktop replacement notebook PCs start at $1,249.99. All four notebooks come bundled with Microsoft's Windows XP Home Edition.