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Gateway NV79C54u 17.3-Inch Laptop (Satin Black)

by Gateway
3.3 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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  • The Gateway NV79C54u notebook blends premium performance and trendsetting style for stellar HD entertainment and seamless social networking.
  • Stunning 17.3" HD+ Ultrabright LCD Display with16:9 widescreen aspect ratio delivers a true cinematic view of the latest high-definition movies
  • Smart performance and a seamless visual experience start here with the Intel Core i3 processor.
  • Windows 7 Home Premium makes the things you do every day easier and with Office Starter 2010
  • Gateway's Social Networking Key makes connecting to today's most popular sites
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Product Description

Product Description

Gateway NV79C54u Notebook comes with these specs: Intel Core i3-380M Processor, Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit), 17.3" HD+ Widescreen Ultrabright LCD Display, Mobile Intel HM55 Express Chipset, 4096MB DDR3 1066MHz Memory, Intel HD Graphics, 640GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive, 8X DVD-SuperMulti Double-Layer Drive, 1.3MP HD Webcam (1280 x 1024), Multi-in-1 Digital Media Card Reader, High-Definition Audio Support, 802.11b/g/n WiFi CERTIFIED, 3 - USB 2.0 Ports, HDMI Port, Multi-gesture Touchpad, 6-cell Li-ion Battery (4400 mAh), up to 3.6-hours of battery life, 7.27 lbs. | 3.3 kg (system unit only), AC Power Adapter, AC Power Cord, Wireless Setup Card, Registration/ Limited Warranty Card, Microsoft Office Starter 2010, Norton Internet Security 2010 (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 17.3 inches
Processor 2.53 GHz Intel Core i3
RAM 4 GB ddr3
Hard Drive 640 GB
Graphics Coprocessor Intel HD Graphics
Brand Name Gateway
Item model number LX.WQA02.016
Hardware Platform PC
Operating System Windows 7;
Item Weight 10.3 pounds
Product Dimensions 16.8 x 12.5 x 3.6 inches
Processor Brand Intel
Processor Count 2

Additional Information

ASIN B004G6005E
Customer Reviews
3.3 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

3.3 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #52,503 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
#11,493 in Computers & Accessories > Laptops
Shipping Weight 12.1 pounds
Domestic Shipping Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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Date First Available January 9, 2011

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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Unlike the post above mine, I shall not fluff the review. This laptop is great for the money, mind you, it comes with WINDOWS, that said, I'm a linux user.

Display: Great, plenty big enough, which was a deciding factor in buying this laptop. The image is sharp and crisp. No issues with High Def movies. 5 stars here.

Keyboard: Finally a gateway laptop with something other than smooth keys, a little more tactile IMHO. This will make a difference a few years down the road where I would normally encounter heafily "polished" keys from thousands of keystrokes. Polishing will be further delayed with such a texture.

Memory: It comes with 4 GB of ram and it **IS** upgradable to 8. I have yet to NEED 8 GB of RAM and 4 GB is PLENTY, upgrades are relative inexpensive as to memory. After ripping out much of Windows bloatware products and loading up Open Source stuff, such as GIMP (think photo-shop), there was plenty of memory to handle heavy image processing.

Sound: This is a PROBLEM. Windows 7 comes on this little gem with a few issues deliberately put into play to "help" prevent you from blowing your speakers. However, when you have volume up to 100%, you're still only getting 20% or LESS of the speaker's capabilities. Google the fixes, they are arduous for the non-tech savvy types, EASY of you are tech savvy. Of course, replacing Windows with LINUX makes the sound a NON-ISSUE. Blast away!

Battery Life: This could be MUCH better, it's short, if you fly with this machine, pray it is a short flight, about 3 hours is being generous in description. However, if you have your power cord handy and are in a facility that has a place to plug in, same as being home. 'nuff said on that.
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Having received my new laptop last week, I decided to wait until I'd removed the minor bloatware, installed my necessary programs and tested it as a true desktop replacement. Here are my observations after roughly a week of use:

1) Design: The keyboard itself appears fragile but so far has been without fault. The keys themselves are elevated pads that make me worry that there may be broken or missing keys down the line; I'll update my review should that happen.

2) Specs: 4 gigs of RAM, a 640gb hard drive, a nice and bright 17" display ... so far I am very happy with the mechanics of the laptop. It effortlessly allows me to run multiple windows of Firefox, CorelDraw x5, Corel PhotoPaint and still have the ability to play iTunes in the background. The integrated mousepad is competent but I prefer my wireless mouse for most work. It is not designed to be a gaming system (no dedicated graphics card and sound is a bit spotty) but it more than robust enough for the average work, student or home user. A bit more on the audio: it isn't great as it seems that Windows 7 refuses to allow me to use the speakers to their fullest capability. All in all, this is a minor setback as I've got it patched through a set of Boston Acoustics computer speakers that more than compensate. Moreover, if you know a bit about Windows 7 environments you can boost the audio a wee bit to compensate for the relatively weak speaker output if you'd prefer not to use external speakers.

3) Value: For less than $600.00, I was able to get a true desktop replacement that allows me to watch movies (whether dvd, streaming Netflix, or Hulu) and feel like I can actually see the detail. Most importantly, it handles user-grade software (MS Office 2010, Adobe products, etc.) like a champ.
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This computer is a great middle of the road bundle of price and features. With 4 gigs of ram it leaves my old Dell in the dust as far as speed. It boots up very quickly and I have not found anything even videos that can slug it down. The widescreen monitor is very easy on the eyes and the keypad has a nice feel. The only reason I did not give it 5 stars was that one of the keys self repeated when I brushed a finger past it and I had to exchange it. To Amazon's credit, they immediately put another computer in the sustem and overnighted it to me. I got it the next day. New one works great. I am very happy with this purchase.
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I purchased this computer on a friday, and had amazon prime overnight it to me. The computer is awesome, great price point, great processor, and lots of power on the 17.3" display. On the downfall; the computer arrived with 3 dead pixels, upon contacting Gateway I was told that there is nothing they can do about it because not more than 4 dead pixels, luckily one was on the center of the screen, which makes that rule null. But, the only option I have for correcting the issue is packing up the computer, paying for To shipping to Gateway depot, waiting 1 to 2 weeks for repair, and having it ground shipped back to me. This is very unfortunate as I can't be without this PC at this point as it is for traveling, and refuse to give me onsite service as I do not have an onsite warranty, how coy. I am very upset with Gateways support. This is my 3rd Gateway laptop, never had a problem til now, and will not be buying again after a bad customer experience.
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