In pictures: Gateway's fashion-forward notebooks

We take a look at the new Gateway notebooks, which will hit Australia on 15 August

  • P-79 Series FX

    We can't really say Gateway's most expensive notebook is "fashionable" in a traditional sense. In fact, we'll go with downright gaudy. However, if you're after the same geeky bling found on Acer's [[Artnid:266867|Predator gaming desktops|Review: Acer Aspire Predator G7700 desktop PC]], you need look no further than this gaming notebook/desktop replacement. Starting at $3999, the P-79 Series FX has a 17in screen, 1TB of storage (comprising two 500GB hard drives), Dolby sound and a Blu-Ray burner. The power-hungry can configure the P-79 Series FX notebooks with an Intel Core 2 Quad Q9000 notebook, 4GB of DDR3 memory and a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260M graphics card with 1GB of dedicated DDR3 memory.
  • ID Series

    By far the most fashionable range out of Gateway's new offerings, the ID Series of notebooks takes clear aim at the likes of Dell's [[Artnid:304859|Adamo|Review: Dell Adamo (Admire) notebook]] and Apple's [[Artnid:205816|Macbook Air|Review: Apple MacBook Air notebook]]. Taking a page from the likes of [[Artnid:250929|ASUS|Review: Asus Lamborghini VX3 notebook]], Acer has contracted automobile design firm [[xref:|Pininfarina]] to design its ID Series. As a result, this laptop is gorgeous, thin and still packs a punch. Though you won't get full power from the $1999 base model, the top-of-the-range version has a 2.53GHz Intel Core 2 Duo P8700 CPU, along with 4GB of DDR3 memory and NVIDIA GeForce G105M graphics.
  • EC Series

    Gateway's ultraportable notebook — the 13.3in EC Series — is well priced and doesn’t skimp on power. Starting at $1399, you're guaranteed HDMI and ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4330 graphics with 512MB of dedicated DDR3 memory. From there, though, options become somewhat wider; you can configure the EC Series laptop with an Intel Core 2 Duo CPU up to the SU9400 (clocked at 1.4GHz), along with 4GB of DDR3 memory and a 320GB hard drive. Considering how expensive similarly attractive [[Artnid:270232|Sony VAIO ultraportables|Review: Sony VAIO VGNTT15GNR ultraportable notebook]] are, we are somewhat surprised at the price.
  • For more than seven years, Australians have gone without computers with cow-branded logos. Now, thanks to Acer and its "multi-brand" strategy, [[Artnid:314015|Gateway is back|Acer relaunches Gateway brand in Australia]], toting an entirely new range of notebooks. With a clear focus on design, these new notebooks range from the humble netbook to the all-powerful gaming laptop/desktop replacement. We take a look at the new notebooks, which will be available from 15 August in Harvey Norman.

  • LT30 Series

    Acer has said it doesn't plan to pull its successful [[Artnid:255299|Aspire One series of netbooks|Review: Acer Aspire One ZG5 (Linux) netbook]] from the market, but that hasn't stopped it from releasing a similar mini-laptop under the Gateway brand. Part of Gateway's "Summer Breeze" collection, this 11.6in netbook is slightly too large to fall into Microsoft's requirements to run Windows XP. As a result, it will run Windows Vista Home Basic out of the box, but never fear — Acer will offer a free upgrade to Windows 7 from 22 October, and you'll only have to pay postage and handling charges.

    Priced at $899, the LT30 notebooks are fairly similar to other netbooks on the market: you get 1GB of DDR2 memory, a 1.33GHz Intel Atom CPU and a 160GB hard drive. Considering you can grab an [[Artnid:279276|Aspire One netbook|Review: Acer Aspire One AOD150 netbook]] with a 1.6GHz Atom CPU for $100 less, it seems you are paying for increased screen real estate — 11.6in compared to the Aspire One's 10.2in — and the design.
  • NV Series

    Notebooks in Gateway's NV Series start at $1099. The notebook in this series with the best specifications has 4GB of DDR2 memory and a 500GB hard drive.
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