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Gateway M275 tablet PC review: Gateway M275 tablet PC

Fujitsu LifeBook T3000
Windows XP Tablet; 1,400MHz Intel Pentium M; 512MB DDR SDRAM 266MHz; Intel 82852/82855 GM/GME Graphics Controller (up to 64MB shared); Toshiba MK6021GAS 60GB 4,200rpm

Gateway M275
Windows XP Tablet; 1,600MHz Intel Pentium M; 512MB DDR SDRAM 266MHz; Intel 855GM Extreme Graphics (up to 64MB); Toshiba MK6021GAS 60GB 4,200rpm

The Gateway M275 cranked for more than four hours--very impressive battery life, thanks to its 14.8V, 3,600mAh (53WHr) battery, which is one of the biggest batteries we've yet seen in a tablet. The Fujitsu LifeBook T3000 came in second with more than three hours of battery life, thanks to its 10.8V, 3,600mAh (39WHr) battery. The Acer TravelMate C110 came in last place, lasting just more than two hours, with its 14.8V, 1,800mAh battery responsible for that low score. The Gateway excels at stretching battery life while running office and content-creation apps.

Battery life  (Longer bars indicate better performance)
BAPCo MobileMark 2002 battery life in minutes  
Gateway M275
257 
Fujitsu LifeBook T3000
221 
Acer TravelMate C110
137 

Battery life analysis written by CNET Labs assistant lab manager Eric Franklin.

To measure mobile application performance and battery life, CNET Labs uses BAPCo's MobileMark 2002. MobileMark measures both application performance and battery life concurrently using a number of popular applications (Microsoft Word 2002, Microsoft Excel 2002, Microsoft PowerPoint 2002, Microsoft Outlook 2002, Netscape Communicator 6.0, WinZip Computing WinZip 8.0, McAfee VirusScan 5.13, Adobe Photoshop 6.0.1, and Macromedia Flash 5.0).

Acer TravelMate C110
Windows XP Tablet; 900MHz Intel Pentium M; 512MB DDR SDRAM 266MHz; Intel 82852/92855 GM/GME Graphics Controller (up to 64MB shared); IBM Travelstar 40GB 40GN 4,200rpm

Fujitsu LifeBook T3000
Windows XP Tablet; 1,400MHz Intel Pentium M; 512MB DDR SDRAM 266MHz; Intel 82852/82855 GM/GME Graphics Controller (up to 64MB shared); Toshiba MK6021GAS 60GB 4,200rpm

Gateway M275
Windows XP Tablet; 1,600MHz Intel Pentium M; 512MB DDR SDRAM 266MHz; Intel 855GM Extreme Graphics (up to 64MB); Toshiba MK6021GAS 60GB 4,200rpm

The M275 ships with the same service and support policy offered with most tablets and notebooks. You receive free parts and labor for the first year you own the system, and you're responsible for sending the system back to Gateway for repairs. The company provides a long list of warranty extension programs that max out at an extra $339, including accidental-damage protection and a five-year warranty with onsite support. Since this is the first M275 out of the gate, you might consider extending your warranty to ensure that you're covered should any first-time kinks arise. Toll-free, around-the-clock phone support is also free for the length of your warranty.

At post time, Gateway's Web site lacked FAQs on this brand-new tablet. The site, however, does offer live chats with support reps--always a plus.

To find out more about how this product's warranty really stacks up and what you should look for in terms of service and support, take a look at CNET's hardware warranty explainer.

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