The Acer-owned subsidiary company, Gateway has added new laptop family in NV series that designed for a budget conscious costumer. Called as Gateway NV76R47U NV Series laptop, this machine is not designed for medium or high end user, but for student or home small business users, the NV Series NV76R47U laptop is still brings decent performance for day to day office and some light multimedia tasks.
Speaking of mobile computing experience, Gateway NV76R47U laptop is brings similar hardware configurations and performance to Toshiba Satellite C55-A5369 15.6 inch laptop. The Intel Core i3-3110M dual core processor which has a base clock rates at 2.4GHZ as the hart provides decent performance for rich internet browsing, watch HD video or playing older 3D games. But, the 6GB of DDR3 SDRAM that paired with the 64-bit version of Microsoft Windows 8 for operating system provides faster and smoother multitasking performance, even for handle two demanding applications at the same time. If needed, the memory slot also support up to 8GB of DDR3 RAM.
Like common Intel Core i3-3110M’s laptop from other brand, the NV Series NV76R47U laptop also integrated with Intel HD graphics 4000 as graphics accelerator and Intel HM77 Express for chipset. Yeah, this is not designed for hard multimedia tasks and playing modern 3D games, but for light home editing video or older modern games, the Gateway’s laptop still provides decent power and seamless performance. The 750GB of Serial ATA Hard Disk Drive which offers up to 5400 rotate per minutes allows user to store more video and install more applications than the Toshiba’s laptop.
Like the older Gateway NV Series, Gateway NV76R47U laptop also boasts a 17.3 inch High Definition active-matrix TFT display and support a 1600 x 900 native resolution. Yeah, this machine is not supported for watch Full HD 1080p video playback, but for 720p video content, the Gateway display’s that powered by Ultrabright technology still can produces very crisp, bright and natural color. On the side, the optical drive not only can play CDs or DVDs cassettes, but also support for loading movies from Blu-Ray disc.
The most interesting features on this model is the design. The high quality casing with red color on the cover lid provides very attractive design to used in office. For interior, the combination of silver keyboard deck with red color around the keyboard also make it look more stylish appearance in coffee shop. Yeah, with measures around at 10.8 x 16.3 x 1.4 inches and weighs at 7.1 lbs, Acer Gateway NV76R47U series is not designed for travel companion, but still perfect to use at home or in office. Of course, like other desktop replacement laptop, the gateway’s also shipped with full size keyboard and brings wide range of numeric keypad for faster number typing.
Above the display, the web camera with internal digital microphone gives fairly bright and crisp face to face video communications. The integrated stereo speakers also can produces decent audio for music and movies, especially in small to medium sized room. On the left and right edges, the 17.3 inch notebook also equipped with few essential port interface, including audio jack, few USB 3.0 port, VGA port, RJ 45 port, HDMI port and multimedia card reader slot that compatible with SD, MMC, MS, MS Pro, xD-Picture Card and MMCplus cards. For connectivity, the NV76R47U’s machine also shipped with Gigabit Ethernet LAN and Acer Nplify Atheros 802.11b/g/n for wireless internet connection.
Yeah, the 17.3 inch laptop is not designed for travel companion. The graphics performance also not gives plenty of power for hard multimedia and games. But, if you are on the market 17.3 inch laptop for desktop replacement and the design and price are your concern, we believe Acer Gateway NV76R47U laptop is still a great machine and worth for $582. So, what do you think? If you need more graphics performance, we recommend you to take a look at the $849 HP ENVY TouchSmart 17t-j100 laptop that comes with Intel HD Graphics 4600 as graphics accelerator.