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Gateway NV79C54u 17.3-Inch Laptop (Satin Black)

by Gateway
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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)

Blending premium performance with trendsetting style, the Gateway NV79C54u 17.3-inch laptop offers smart, turbo-charged Intel Core i3 dual-core processing, impressive graphics, Windows 7 Home Premium, the new Microsoft Office Starter 2010, and on-the-go connectivity so you can multitask with ease, keep up with your social networks and enjoy all your digital media from the comfort of your PC.

The Gateway NV79C in wavy Satin Black
The Gateway NV79C in wavy Satin Black (see larger image).

This NV series laptop comes in Satin Black and features an artistic wave pattern for added style and an enhanced matte casing that reduces fingerprint marks for a cleaner look--providing for a notebook that looks good for its entire lifespan. Plus, it features a unique technique of molding together the decorative silk screen and plastic on the lid and palm rest to deliver a richer color and design clarity.

Burn through the hottest new digital media, content creation and advanced 3D gaming with the breakthrough performance of the Intel Core i3 processor--with 4-way multitasking processor power to work on four tasks simultaneously.

Ease your mind and back up your data with the Gateway MyBackup Function Key--a seamless way to setup and perform backups--and use the multi-gesture touchpad to pinch, flick and swirl your fingers for an intuitive navigation of web pages, photos, spreadsheets and more. Engage in face-to face communication and snap photos to share anywhere with the 1.3-megapixel webcam with integrated digital microphone, and quickly connect to your favorite social network sites with the press of a single key.

Other features include Wireless-N networking for faster speed and broader range, and an HDMI port for delivering high-quality visuals and high-fidelity audio to a home theater or external LCD through a single cable connection.

It's pre-installed with the Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium operating system (64-bit version). You'll also experience new ways to deliver your best work with Office Starter 2010.

17.3-inch HD screen
Enjoy a true cinematic experience with the 17.3-inch HD LED-backlit display (see larger image).


Multi-gesture trackpad and numeric keypad
The multi-gesture touchpad provides intuitive navigation of web pages, photos and more (see larger image).

Key Features

  • 17.3-inch LED-backlit widescreen display with 1600 x 900-pixel resolution and 16:9 aspect ratio. The LED backlight technology is 33 percent more energy efficient than standard CCFL LCD screens.
  • 2.53 GHz Intel Core i3-380M dual-core processor for a fast, responsive PC experience (3 MB L3 cache). Intel's Hyper-Threading Technology enables each core of your processor to work on two tasks at the same time, delivering the performance you need for smart multitasking.
  • 640 GB SATA hard drive (5400 RPM)
  • 4 GB of installed DDR3 RAM (1066 MHz)
  • Intel HD Graphics (with 128 MB of dedicated system memory) deliver turbo-charged performance and fast throughput and provides support for Microsoft DirectX 10 games.
  • 8x SuperMulti DVD±R/RW drive can also write to CD, DVD-RAM, and dual-layer (DL) DVD±R discs--which can hold up to 8.5 GB of data.
  • Multi-gesture touchpad enables you to pinch, flick and swirl your fingers for an intuitive navigation of web pages, photos and more.
  • Dedicated Gateway social networks key makes connecting to your favorite social networking sites a snap by instantly launching Facebook, YouTube and Flickr with a single log-in to all three sites.
  • Gateway MyBackup makes it easy to back up your data without a hassle. Duplicate files to another location quickly and easily with a single press of the Gateway MyBackup Key.
  • Dedicated numeric keypad helps you to quickly key-in numbers and streamline productivity.
  • Built-in stereo speakers with high-definition audio support.
  • 1.3-megapixel webcam integrated into the display bezel for easy video chats and conferencing (1280 x 1024 resolution)
  • Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) makes it easy to create a home network and share all of your favorite photos, videos, and music. And you can watch shows for free when and where you want with Internet TV on Windows Media Center. Get the best entertainment experience with Windows 7 Home Premium. (Learn more)
  • Preloaded with the Microsoft Office Starter 2010 2010 free software offering with selected functionality of Word and Excel for your text and spreadsheet tasks. Plus, if you decide you want the full suite, just purchase a product key to activate an ad-free version that also includes the latest Outlook, PowerPoint, and Publisher programs.
  • Up to 3.6 hours of battery life from 6-cell battery (4400 mAh)
  • Dimensions: 16.3 x 10.8 x 1.35 inches (WxDxH)
  • Weight: 7.27 pounds
  • Warranty: One-year parts and labor limited warranty


Gateway NV79C details

Ports and Connectivity

  • 3 USB 2.0 ports
  • HDMI high-definition audio/video output allows a single cable to transmit uncompressed high-definition video to your digital TV or LCD.
  • VGA video output
  • Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000)
  • 2-in-1 Media Card Reader compatible with Secure Digital (SD) and MultiMediaCard (MMC)

What's in the Box

This package contains the Gateway NV79C54u notebook PC, rechargeable lithium-ion battery, AC adapter, and operating instructions

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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
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Pre-installed with the Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium operating system (64-bit version), you'll be able to easily create a home network and share all of your favorite photos, videos, and music. Windows 7 is the easiest, fastest, and most engaging version of Windows yet. Better ways to find and manage files, like Jump Lists and improved taskbar previews, help you speed through everyday tasks. Windows 7 is designed for faster and more reliable performance, so your PC just works the way you want it to.

And with Windows Anytime Upgrade, you'll be able to add new features to your PC in as little as 10 minutes. Windows will walk you through the simple upgrade process, it requires no software or downloads, and you'll keep your existing programs, files, and settings

Product Information

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Screen Size17.3 inches
Processor2.53 GHz Intel Core i3
RAM4 GB ddr3
Hard Drive640 GB
Graphics CoprocessorIntel HD Graphics
Brand NameGateway
Item model numberLX.WQA02.016
Hardware PlatformPC
Operating SystemWindows 7;
Item Weight10.4 pounds
Processor BrandIntel
Processor Count2
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #48,798 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight12.1 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 AvailableJanuary 9, 2011
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Customer Reviews

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By SGT Pepper on March 24, 2011
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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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Ganakos on April 18, 2011
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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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dara Jones on April 8, 2011
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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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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Trilom on March 28, 2011
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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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