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Gateway updates NV and ID laptop lines with new looks, updated CPUs

The thin Gateway ID and workhorse NV laptops are both getting new CPUs, USB 3.0, and more.

The Gateway ID47 Gateway

Far from being subsumed into the global Acer brand, Gateway continues to churn out new laptops, including a few fairly sharp-looking models. Today, Gateway has updated its NV and ID laptop lines with new looks and new features.

The thin Gateway ID47 manages to fit a 14-inch display into a chassis closer to the size of a 13-inch laptop. The minimalist, nearly monochrome design has a brushed-metal look to the flat lid, which Gateway calls "Brushed Platinum." An alternate design, called "Infinity Blue Liquid," is also available.

The ID47 has a large clickpad-style touch pad, a change from the previous generation, as well as edge-to-edge glass over the display and a USB 3.0 port that also offers a sleep-and-charge mode for powering accessories while the laptop is turned off or sleeping.

Under the hood, the biggest change is the addition of second-generation Intel Core i-series processors--pretty much a must-have for any new laptop halfway through 2011. Some versions of the ID will include discrete Nvidia graphics.

The Gateway NV Gateway

The workhorse Gateway NV line has also gotten a makeover, with the same USB 3.0 port, but in a 15.6-inch chassis. The NV57 model has a second-generation Intel Core i-series CPU, whereas the NV55 model has AMD's new A-series CPU/GPU combo.

Both the Gateway ID and NV laptop lines are available immediately, according to the company. The 14-inch ID starts at $699, and the 15.6-inch NV starts at $529.