If you are on the market for 15.6 inch budget laptop for daily use, but did not want to spend much money, the newest Gateway NE series, the NE57003h laptop is a good choice. Yeah, this is not a high end machine, but if you are looking for a budget laptop which has decent performance for productivity and light multimedia tasks, Gateway NE57003h laptop that based on the third generation of Intel Ivy Bridge ULV (ultra low voltage) platform will gives everything you will need for daily use.
The Gateway’s laptop is not the slimmest and lightest laptop, but it still easy to hold and comfortable for companion at home, office, school or when you on the go. Measures 15 x 10.1 x 1 inches and weighing around at 2.4 kg, this machine is looks identical to Gateway NE52202h laptop that powered by AMD A4-5000 quad core processor. The “Silver” stylish laptop also bundled with a 4-cell Lithium Ion 2500 mAh battery. Gateway claims if this machine brings up to 4 hours and 30 minutes of battery usage between charges.
Under the hood, the 1.8GHZ Intel Core i5 3337U dual core processor that features a 3 MB L3 cache and combined with 8GB of DDR3 1066 MHz SDRAM offers decent performance for rich internet browsing, play most modern games and seamless daily office tasks, such as documents, spreadsheets and PowerPoint presentations. Preloaded with the 64-bit version of Microsoft Windows as the operating system, Gateway NE57003h provides fast and smooth multitasking performance. Like the AMD’s model, this machine also equipped with a 500GB of Serial ATA Hard Disk Drive. Yeah, this is not the biggest space, but we sure the disk drive is still gives a spacious of storage space, even for thousand of music and hundred of video files.
The 15.6 inch High Definition widescreen display can produces maximum resolution at 1366 x 768 pixels. Combined with Intel HD Graphics 4000 as graphics engine, the screen provides very bright, clear, crisp and beautiful color for video and games. Yeah, the built in display only support for 720p video playback, but you can easily connect it into external HDTV or bigger Television via HDMI port to enjoy 1080p Full HD multimedia content. Above the display, there is also a High Definition camera for face to face video conference, along with internal digital microphone which brings clear and loud audio chats.
Like the previous model, Gateway NE57003h 15.6 inch laptop also brings on a pair of stereo speakers. Combined with High Definition audio support, the laptop can produces fairly clear, crisp and loud audio reproduction, especially if used in the small office room. The black full sized keyboard is comfortable for type on and full numeric keypad offers faster entry for Spreadsheets works. Like most portable laptop on its size, it also lack optical drive, but if you needed, you can buy external optical drive and connect into the laptop via USB 2.0 or 3.0 port.
Around the edges, there are also few port interface, such as 3.5mm headphone / microphone jack, double USB 2.0 port, single USB 3.0 port, VGA port, HDMI port with support 1080p HD video and multimedia card reader slot. In term of connectivity, user can use 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN for wired connection and 802.11b/g/n Wireless LAN for internet connection. Of course, it also preloaded with a wide range of useful applications, such as Acer clear.fi, Cyberlink, Nero BackItUp, Recovery Management, Power Management 13, 7Digital, Adobe Reader and more.
Priced around at $600 with 1 year limited warranty, Gateway NE57003h is not the most affordable 15.6 inch laptop that currently available on the market. The 500GB of storage also a bit disappointed. But, the 8GB of RAM and powerful Intel Core i5 3337U processor make the 1 inch thick laptop is still a good choice and offers big value for your money. So, what do you think? If you are on the market for 15.6 inch daily Touch laptop, we recommend you to check Acer Aspire V5-572-6872 portable laptop. Comes with same processor and price, this machine offers multi touch capability and thinner design with measures just 0.9 Inches.