The Good Lengthy battery life, particularly for the price; attractive, sturdily constructed case; beautiful display that's great for video without being too reflective; includes HDMI output and touch-sensitive media control buttons.
The Bad Intel Pentium Dual-Core, rather than a Core 2 Duo, CPU; shallow key travel; lousy speakers.
The Bottom Line The Gateway T-6330U's attractive case design and lengthy battery life make it a good pick for budget-minded shoppers who want a more portable midsize laptop.
Editors' note: This review is part of our Holiday 2008 Retail Laptop Roundup, covering specific new configurations of popular laptops that can be found in retail stores.
The 14-inch laptop seems to be a dying breed, as manufacturers move toward slightly more portable 13.3-inch or slightly more spacious 15.4-inch screens. But as the Gateway T-6330U proves, there is still room for an affordable 14-inch laptop. A fixed configuration available at Best Buy, the T-6330U combines an attractive case design and movie-friendly display with lengthy battery life for a thoroughly decent entry-level laptop. Gateway does keep costs down by stocking the T-6330U with a less expensive Intel Pentium Dual-Core processor (rather than the expected Core 2 Duo), which may strain under heavy multitasking workloads. But its performance proved adequate for basic use, and the laptop's appealing design and feature set easily justify its $649 price. That said, if you're looking for an even lower price and can afford to tote around an extra half-pound, we suggest the $499 Acer Aspire 5735-4624.
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