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Old September 30, 2009, 06:19 PM
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Default Gateway MD7811U Review

Picked up the Gateway MD7811U today from Future Shop for $699.99. After taxes, it was basically $800.

Intel Core 2 Duo T6600 @ 2.2GHz
500GB Western Digital Hard Drive
ATI Mobility Radeon HD3650 w/ 512MB dedicated (HDMI out + VGA)
Mobile Intel PM45 Express Chipset
Intel WiFi Link 5100
6-cell battery
1.3MP Webcam
Still has dial-up modem too!

Overall it feels very solid (thanks to the alloy unibody chassis), and the fit and finish seems superb, especially for a laptop at this price-point. Only minor flaw, the leather insert piece on the top is a bit floppy, meaning you can push it in and it flexes out. Display model was the same though.

Viewing angle wise, a bit lacking if your standing up while using it since the screen has limited tilt due to it's design. Though if you're using it on a desk, all is fine. The hinges on the screen are a bit stiff too, but it could just be due to it being new. However when you open the screen, the chassis of the laptop pulls up with it, so you need 2 hands. Compared to my XPS m1330 where the base stays planted when opening the screen. Otherwise, pretty typical 15.6" screen, 1366x768 resolution (aka 16:9) with a glossy finish. I believe it also has LED backlighting.

Lighted touch controls are snazzy, and it's basically all glossy black on the inside other than the palm rest area which is a brushed aluminum effect (don't believe it has any metal though). Should help to reduce those finger prints to some extent, but the media controls are all glossy.

The top is also very glossy, and is of burgundy colour. Doesn't look that bad, but it wouldn't be my top choice. And as previously mentioned, has a faux leather stripe down the center with a silver Gateway logo.

The preinstalled software was kept to a minimum bloat wise. Really just Norton 360 trial that was running. Only has Vista Home Premium x64 SP1 though, so I suppose it's a bit dated since SP2 isn't included. Comes with a free Windows 7 upgrade like all new computers currently do.

Actual performance is yet to be seen as I'm currently installing Windows 7 to it. Though the brief time I used Vista on it, things were responsive.

I can say that the WEI score in Vista x64 SP1 is:
Processor: 5.1
RAM: 5.1
Graphics: 5.6
Gaming Graphics: 5.0
Hard Disk: 5.6


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