Gateway, the Taiwanese Acer, Inc. subsidiary company has expanded their 17.3 inch budget friendly laptop with Gateway NE72207u-45006G75Mnsk laptop. Comes with new AMD A4 “Kabini” platform that based on the AMD’s new Jaguar architecture and boasts a 17.3 inch widescreen display, the NE72207u-45006G75Mnsk is one of the most affordable 17.3 inch notebook for daily use that you can get for price under $550 with 1 year limited warranty.
Physically, the NE72207u-45006G75Mnsk is look identical to other Gateway NE72207u laptop series. Comes with a high quality plastic material for casing to reduce the cost, this model also bring a silver designed for exterior and black color for palmrest and bezel. In term of size, the 17.3 inch notebook also has dimension in 10.8 x 16.3 x 1.4 inches with weighs around at 7.05 lbs. Inside, there is also a 6-cell Lithium Ion 4400 mAh battery that claims will gives user up to 5 hours of battery runtime for basic mobile computing usage.
Powered by new AMD A4-5000 quad core processor which has a base clock speed of 1.5 GHz and integrated with AMD Radeon HD 8330 as graphics processing unit, along with internal 6GB of DDR3 SDRAM (upgradable to 8GB DDR3 SDRAM), Gateway NE72207u-45006G75Mnsk is not a high end machine, but still can produces enough power and performance for light multimedia and daily business tasks, even to handle light home editing video, most demanding business tasks or running CAD software.
Under the hood, the newest Gateway’s 17.3 inch laptop also equipped with a 750GB of Serial ATA Hard Disk Drive with speed of 5400 rpm. Its more than enough to store thousand of favorite video or download more video or movies from Netflix. If needed, you can also burn your data into CDs or DVDs formats, thanks to DVD-RAM/±R/±RW optical drive that located on the right side.
Similar to other Gateway NE laptop on its series, the 17.3 inch LED backlit widescreen display also uses Active Matrix TFT Color LCD screen and support a 1600 x 900 native resolution. The company also said if the 17.3 inch display also support High-Bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP) for play copyrighted content and comes with Gateway’s UltraBright, which mean you will get brighter, clearer and more vivid color for both image and video than other 17.3 inch laptop on its price range. Above the screen, there is a standart web camera that integrated with digital microphone for face to face video chats and video recording support in low resolution.
Gateway NE72207u-45006G75Mnsk also has all the essential ports to connect into external device and for wired internet connection, including a 3.5mm audio jack, single USB 3.0 port, two USB 2.0 port, VGA port, RJ 45 port and HDMI port. Of course, this machine also brings a full-size keyboard with island style design. Yeah, Gateway’s keyboard is not the most comfortable keyboard on the 17.3 inch laptop, but its still bring fast and secure typing experience, especially if you used o the desk. Other specifications are built in stereo speakers, Kensington Lock Slot, Gigabit Ethernet LAN and Acer Nplify 802.11b/g/n Wireless LAN to connect into your wireless network.
Yeah, this is not a high end machine and did not support for serious multimedia performance or video editing in high resolution. But, with a starting price around at $514 and 1 year warranty, Gateway NE72207u-45006G75Mnsk 17.3 inch laptop is still worth for your money, especially if you only need a machine for daily office and light multimedia use. Have more budget and need a better 17.3 inch laptop for multimedia and gaming? If you are, we recommend you to check the Acer Aspire V3-772G-9653 laptop that powered by Intel Core i7-4702MQ quad core processor (up to 3.2GHZ) with NVIDIA GeForce GT 760M GPU and the cost only at $899.