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Excellent alternative to affordable gaming
on September 2, 2011
I've been looking on the internet for a good priced laptop, somewhere between 500 and 700 dollars. Some of the requirements I had for a laptop was a 15"+ screen (this is 17"), needed quad core, atleast 4 gb ram, and PC (Never was, never will be an Apple fan, don't feel like emptying my wallet for aesthetics and same if not worse specs). It was shipped overnight for 3.99 Prime and the grandtotal for my laptop was 517 (I must have bought the last one from amazon directly, lucky me.) The picture can be misleasing on the back cover that it has a pattern that appears finger print proof, wrong, its glossy and does attract finger prints. The inside keys are very similar to a mac with the seperate square keys, which I adapted to and find no problem with. The webcam is alright, nothing special. It is capable of upgrading to 8 gb DDR3 RAM, I found a great price at 34 dollars for 2x4gb, although 4 is sufficient for most cases, it's nice to know you have more if needed.
I read about this Gateway with the new AMD A8 processor. What AMD did was allowed those who want to game sacrifice some CPU workload in exchange for graphics or GPU. Despite it being an integrated graphics unit, I was amazed how it performed compared to previous integrated laptops I've seen. This is possible because of the all in one APU (Accelerated Processor Unit). Pretty much AMD made a huge step forward to sell me when they focused on the 3D rendering, 1080p HD videos, and gaming, I don't care about running 7 different apps at once, that's where an Intel i5 or i7 would easily outmatch this AMD, but coming from a gaming perspective, this will please any gamer who doesn't expect to run every single game on max. I plan on building a gaming desktop for that reason. I am aware you can get dedicated graphic cards also, but your paying extra, thats the whole point of this review, to give you my perspective of how I am enjoying the new APU technology. It makes the processing very efficient, resulting in longer battery life and longer play time, but I play plugged into the wall when possible anyways. This laptop is a great alternative for people who aren't always near their powerful gaming desktop or want something more portable to take with them and still have a great gaming experience.