|Screen Size||11.6 inches|
|Max Screen Resolution||1366 x 768 pixels|
|Processor||1.2 GHz AMD Athlon|
|RAM||2 GB DDR2|
|Hard Drive||250 GB|
|Graphics Coprocessor||ATI Radeon X1270|
|Wireless Type||802.11 B/G, 802.11B|
|Average Battery Life (in hours)||4 hours|
Gateway LT3119u 11.6-Inch Netbook (NightSky Black)
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Gateway LT3119u Netbook comes with these specs: AMD Athlon 64 X2 dual-core processor L310, Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit), 11.6-inch HD Widescreen Ultrabright LED-backlit Display, AMD RS690V Chipset, 2048 MB DDR2 Memory, ATI Radeon X1270 Graphics, 250 GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive, Built-In .3 MP Webcam, Multi-in-1 Digital Media Card Reader, High-Definition Audio Support, 802.11b/g WiFi CERTIFIED, 3 - USB 2.0 Ports, Multi-gesture Touchpad, 6-cell Li-ion Battery (4400 mAh), up to 4 Hours of Battery Life, 3.04 lbs. | 1.38 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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I am actually pretty thrilled with this laptop. I'm a power user, and it was sort of difficult sifting through reviews of people that frankly wouldn't know a computer from a can of Mountain Dew. I'll try to cover some things that have been ignored by others:
Things that really exceeded my maximal expectation:
1) The built-in microphone on this thing is FANTASTIC! The guys on my VoIP servers say that my audio is clean, vibrant, and carries none of the sound of the computer's inner workings (fans, hd, etc.) This was a very pleasant surprise.
2) The keyboard is great. There's very little flex, and each key is a good solid 2cm square. Everything is in the right place, and the firmness of touch is beautiful.
3) The wireless quality is very good. The radio is sensitive, and powerful.
Things that I don't really care about, but you might:
1) This is very very easy to keep clean.
2) The power "brick" is actually less than the size of a pack of cigarettes. This is a very low wattage computer. It draws less than 1A @ 19V from the power brick under any conditions I can think up.
3) The contrast ratio on the screen is pretty poor. The blackest black on this screen is noticeably grey.
4) The total luminance of this screen is ridiculously high. When set at full blast, it is actually far too bright for me to look at. It's like looking at the sun. Nice touch though: There are several brightness levels, and the very bottom-most one is ***MUCH** lower than the 2nd lowest. I think this is intended to be for, say, in bed. VERY nice touch, probably.
Things that went wrong for me initially:
1) Everyone has been saying "there isn't a lot of bloatware to take off the box". EXCUSE ME? LOL. I spent 6.5 hours removing unwanted software, and getting the box configured in the way I wanted.
2) My USB ports didn't work. I had to go into the device drivers, where I discovered that for some unknown reason, one of the drivers central to the USB hub on the motherboard was improperly signed. Weird??? Anyway, I wiped out the drivers, Windows detected that I did so, and reinstalled them. This time they were properly signed, and my USB ports worked. I mention this because 99.8% of people that buy this netbook would not have been able to fix this problem.
3) The Windows updates took FOREEEEEVVVVVVVVEEEEEEEEEEERRRRRRRRRR. I had like hundreds of updates. It was brutal. I thought I was going to kill myself.
4) My OEM windows sticker on the bottom was improperly affixed. I had to take it off.
* Stock drive in mine was a WD Scorpio blue 250GB. This is just about the crappiest and slowest hdd on the market. But, I will admit it seemed to be plenty sufficient. Nonetheless, I just replaced it with an SDD and threw this 250GB drive in the garbage can.
* There is no CPU throttling possible with this. The CPU and the front side bus are always, it seems, on 100% max power at all times. Unfortunate...that means no matter what you're doing, it's using pretty much the same power...plus or minus screen brightness and wireless settings.
* There are no proper mouse buttons. It's a single silver bar, which if you press the leftmost 10%, it's MOUSE1, and the rightmost 10%, it's MOUSE2. The middle 80% is useless.
* The battery on here is a protruding 6 cell monstrosity. NOTE: AS A RESULT, SOME BAGS SOLD ON AMAZON FOR THIS NETBOOK DO NOT PROPERLY FIT!!!!!
Overall, this is an excellent netbook. I find the problems with it are really quite minor, and at this price point, to me it's a slamdunk. I'm 100% satisfied.
The machine also is able to run World Of Warcraft at low settings. It may even run at medium settings but I find there is only so much video game detail that you can see on a small screen so low settings work great. I'm guessing that other video games along the same graphics quality as WOW will probably work as well.
Noticed that netflix movies are really choppy if you have the HD button on the netflix toolbar selected. However if you view them normally they look great. Again there is only so much detail you need on a screen this size.
Also very pleased with the temp of the device. It does not get hot on the bottom or top like many regular sized laptops. It only gets slightly warm underneath on the left hand side as the main vent shoots to the left as opposed to the bottom. Some people have complained about the battery sticking out the back. This is not an issue for me and it does elivate the unit slightly which provides for better airflow underneath. This may be part of the reason the unit stays so cool.
Add these various things to the price Amazon is offering and I really feel like I got a bargon.
I use only Gateway computers. I've had others from various makers but for capabilities, endurance and price I can't beat Gateway (bought the NV69 17", 750 Gb HD, 4 gigs memory, Windows 7 premium at BestBuy for $400 in late 2009). In the four years of using Gateway I've had no hardware problems. I used the 15" laptop as a desktop substitute for two years until I bought a Gateway MX desktop model for $459 at Fry's. I gave my Daughter an Acer Aspire for nursing school three years ago, she pounded it mercilessly and the battery just recently gave out, otherwise it still works great.
Anyway, I'm extremely happy with this netbook and I've worked it good. The keyboard is nice size so I can type fast without missing a beat. I'm currently using Time Warner Cable for wireless and this netbook doesn't skip a beat. I use Google Voice for VOIP calls on this computer without a hitch.
The only 'con' I have is the touch pad which seems overly sensitive and can be annoying at times. I haven't got into the software to adjust it but I've learned to work with the idiocracies for now. The multi-jesture is pretty cool, I haven't hooked up my USB mouse yet. Yes, there's no Bluetooth but, one can buy a dongle for around $20 and it works good. The glossy finish hasn't caused me any problems so I think that was a ticky-tacky call for a 'con'.
I used the UPS ground for shipment with no problem, it arrived about six days after they shipped it.
I'm extremely happy with Amazon on this deal. That's why I keep coming back.
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