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Gateway NE56R34u 15.6-Inch Laptop (Black)

by Gateway
3.8 out of 5 stars 214 customer reviews
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  • Intel Pentium B960 2.2 GHz (2 MB Cache)
  • 4 GB SDRAM
  • 500 GB 5400 rpm Hard Drive
  • 15.6-Inch Screen, Intel HD Graphics
  • Windows 8, 4.5-hour battery life
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Product Description

Product Description

Gateway NE56R34u Notebook comes with these specs: Intel Pentium Processor B960, Windows 8, 15.6" HD Widescreen Ultrabright LED Back-Lit Display, Mobile Intel HM70 Express Chipset, 4096MB DDR3 Memory, Intel HD Graphics with 128MB of dedicated system memory, 500GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive, 8X DVD-SuperMulti Double-Layer Drive, 1.3MP HD Webcam (1280 x 1024), Multi-in-1 Digital Media Card Reader, 802.11b/g/n WiFi CERTIFIED, 3 - USB 2.0 Ports, HDMI Port, 1 - Gigabit Ethernet Port, Multi-gesture Touchpad, 6-cell Li-ion Battery (4400 mAh), up to 4.5-hours of battery life, 5.5 lbs. | 2.5 kg (system unit only), AC Power Adapter, AC Power Cord, Wireless Setup Card, Registration/ Limited Warranty Card, Norton Internet Security (60-day trial)

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Technical Details

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Summary : Screen Size, Screen Resolution, Graphics Coprocessor, Graphics Card RAM
Screen Size 15.6 inches
Screen Resolution 1366 x 768 pixels
Max Screen Resolution 1366x768
Processor 2.2 GHz Pentium B960
RAM 4 GB SDRAM
Hard Drive 500 GB SATA
Graphics Coprocessor Intel HD Graphics
Graphics Card Ram Size 128 MB
Wireless Type 802.11bgn
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 3
Average Battery Life (in hours) 4.5 hours
Brand Name Gateway
Series NE56R
Item model number NE56R34u
Hardware Platform PC
Operating System Windows 8;
Item Weight 5.5 pounds
Product Dimensions 15 x 10 x 1.3 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H 15.02 x 9.96 x 1.31 inches
Color Black
Processor Brand Intel Pentium
Processor Count 2
Computer Memory Type SDRAM
Hard Drive Interface Serial ATA
Hard Drive Rotational Speed 5400 RPM
Optical Drive Type 8X DVD
Audio-out Ports (#) 1
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)

Additional Information

ASIN B009A8KZLW
Customer Reviews
3.8 out of 5 stars 214 customer reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #14,678 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
#3,015 in Computers & Accessories > Laptops
Shipping Weight 7.8 pounds
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
International Shipping This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
Date First Available October 12, 2012

Warranty & Support

Amazon.com Return Policy:You may return any new computer purchased from Amazon.com that is "dead on arrival," arrives in damaged condition, or is still in unopened boxes, for a full refund within 30 days of purchase. Amazon.com reserves the right to test "dead on arrival" returns and impose a customer fee equal to 15 percent of the product sales price if the customer misrepresents the condition of the product. Any returned computer that is damaged through customer misuse, is missing parts, or is in unsellable condition due to customer tampering will result in the customer being charged a higher restocking fee based on the condition of the product. Amazon.com will not accept returns of any desktop or notebook computer more than 30 days after you receive the shipment. New, used, and refurbished products purchased from Marketplace vendors are subject to the returns policy of the individual vendor.
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Customer Reviews

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So I decided I would do a review on here even though I didn't purchase this product from Amazon.

I bought this computer from Fry's Electronics today for significantly less than advertised on Amazon or anywhere else for that matter. I picked it up for $315.00 USD with tax, so it seems like I got a really good deal.

I'm very impressed with the overall feel and use of the computer, 4 Gigs of ram is a huge plus. The 500 GB drive is great for all the music and video storage needs of today.

Seems like it has good battery life so far, not so sure about the 4.5 hours as advertised, I would say it's more along the lines of 3.5 but it all depends on what you do with your computer. Still, I can't complain! The only downside is that it's a Windows 8 machine and windows 8 is designed for touch screen, which this computer does not have. Also, this computer does not include a windows or system restore cd, so if your computer crashes then you better have access to a windows cd or you're in trouble.

I would say shop around for the best price because they seem to vary from store to store.

The only downside is Windows 8..... I am not a fan so far of the Windows 8 system, it seems to be geared towards social media and not so much a easy to use operating system. If you have the patience to fight with the operating system changes and basically re-learn how to use windows then this is for you.
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Like a previous review I read, I bought my NE56R34u from fry's for $289. With tax it was around $320. I consider myself a knowledgeable person when it comes to computers and I did my homework on this one. I was looking for a PC with the new i3 processor for its multi processing capabilities but the B960 process incorporated in this laptop is the equivalent in overall performance. I am quite happy with the speed and with Windows 8. I wan not so sure that I was going to be able to adapt to the new interface of Windows, but I really like it. I do plan on upgrading this PC to a max of 8gig ram to help with the processing power as I use the PC for Pro Tools, which is a pretty demanding piece of software. So far it handles the software pretty well. I am hoping that by upgrading the RAM some of the smaller glitches will go away.

I would definitely recommend this PC to anyone.
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My daughter tells me the keys started to fall off the keyboard within two weeks of receiving it. The Geek Squad people told us this was a common problem for this laptop, so we returned it.
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This computer offers everything a computer 3 times the price can. My 18 year old daughter wanted a MacBook Pro. I was unwilling to spend that kind of money for a laptop so I did a lot of research and with the help of the many reviews I read from others who had purchased this laptop, I chose this one. Well, my daughter was dissapointed for a half a second because when she turned this one on she raved about how great it was and was even better than the Mac. The screen display was impressive and 2 months later and she still "loves it'! I never told her the price ;)
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It worked well for a few days, but then began shutting down at random times. I made sure all the power settings said never to shut down automatically. Gateway support suggested resetting the BIOS, which I did, but that didn't solve it. I had to send it back to them (and I paid the shipping, even though it failed after only a week!) They sent it back a week later, and the problem just occurred again yesterday (two weeks after we got it back.) I'm calling this a lemon.

Update:
After sending it back TWICE, the problem persists. Gateway refuses to refund or replace, even though the second time it was in for a repair they couldn't reproduce the problem. Amazon says that my window of opportunity to return the item expired. (Hey, I've been trying to get it repaired!!)

Another update:
Third time's a charm, right? Maybe not.

The first time I sent it back they replaced the hard drive.

The second time I sent it back they couldn't reproduce the problem (they left it on for 24 hours), so they returned it with no changes.

The third time I sent it back they ... wait for it ... replaced the hard drive. Yes, the same thing that didn't fix the problem the first time. Folks, something is telling this computer to shut itself down and I'm pretty sure it's NOT the hard drive.

Have I mentioned that I'LL NEVER BUY ANOTHER GATEWAY PRODUCT AGAIN?

Final update: After the 4th return (this time they replaced the motherboard/CPU), we got it back on Friday, unpacked it Saturday, and within an hour it failed again. Back to Gateway's customer service to fill out a report. Monday I get an email from Gateway saying they can't process our request, and they give an 800 # to call.
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I weighed this purchase heavily, looking up all reviews I could find. I'm glad a researched this item, and can tell you it's worth the investment. This laptop was a replacement for a $1000 plus one that quit on me. I am so pleased, it's working great. Windows 8 isn't any better or worse than any other Windows version I've tried.
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