Gateway - NV77H05u Review

Posted by The Best Review Sunday, October 16, 2011 0 komentar
Budget laptops are made to get you through day-to-day tasks. But in order to keep prices low, budget systems often have to cut out features, add extraneous software to the hard drive, or equip the system with lower-end components. Case in point: the Gateway NV77H05u ($629.99 list at Office Depot). This system comes equipped with an Intel Core i3 CPU, is encased in a plastic chassis, and has few features; for just $20 more, you can upgrade to the Editors' Choice Asus U56E-BBL5 ($649.99 list, 4 stars) with a faster Core i5 processor, sleek aluminum chassis, and features that include Wireless Display 2.0 (WiDi 2.0), WiMAX 3G broadband, and 7 hours of battery life.

Despite its plastic chassis, the NV77H05u's exterior really pops: the bold red lid has a pattern of tiny copper diamond shapes that gives the whole design a rather regal look. However, its aluminum-covered counterparts, like the Asus U56E-BBL5 and Lenovo IdeaPad V570-1066A9U ($629.99 list, 4 stars), will offer more protection, a cooler surface, and a sleek, luxurious look. The NV77H05u weighs 6.46 pounds, which is expected for its size. Typically, 17-inch laptops aren't taken on trips, unless by trips you mean you carry it from one spot within your house to another. The 5.5-pound Asus U56E-BBL5 and 5.47-pound Lenovo V570-1066A9U feature smaller 15.6-inch screens and, thus, lighter chassis that wouldn't be as burdensome if you wanted to take it out for a Starbucks working/coffee session.
The NV77H05u's screen is huge—17.3 inches—with a 1,600-by-900 resolution. With a screen this big, multitasking with two or even three windows side-by-side shouldn't be an issue. The interior has a two-toned color scheme: the palm rest and mouse pad features the same red pattern seen on the lid, while the keyboard portion is all black matte plastic. The chiclet-style keyboard is full-size, with a numeric keypad to the right that will please number crunchers. The touchpad was smooth to navigate on, but the unified mouse button (as opposed to two distinct right and left buttons) was too stiff for my tastes.

Compared with other budget systems, like the Asus U56E-BBL5, the NV77H05u is pretty limited on features. It has the usual ports: two USB 2.0, HDMI and VGA video, an SD card reader, audio and mic jacks, and Ethernet jack. The only outlier in the bunch is the single USB 3.0 port, which will speed up data transfer between your computer and a hard drive equipped with the same interface. Systems like the Asus U56E-BBL5 feature an advanced HD video connection option, outside of HDMI, called WiDi 2.0 that allows you to wirelessly stream your computer's contents to your HDTV (provided you have a Netgear Push2TV receiver, a $99 option). It also has a 3G wireless broadband technology called WiMAX. The NV77H05u only has 802.11n Wi-Fi. There's also a DVD-RW drive included for watching movies. 
The 640GB, 5,400rpm hard drive is one of the biggest you can get within the budget laptop category. Other laptops like the Asus U56E-BBL5 and Lenovo V570-1066A9U feature same-size hard drives. It won't fill up quickly, unless you're a heavy hoarder of digital content, but for the average user looking to keep family photos, documents, and some iTunes music, it should suffice.
Unfortunately, there's a considerable amount of bloatware on the desktop that includes Gateway's own suite of software along with Netflix, eBay, Times reader, and Nook for PC. I'm of the mind that a new computer means a fresh start, and when there's extraneous software on it, it seems … tainted.

Processor Intel Core i3-2310M 2.10 GHz Dual-core
Cache: 3 MB
Operating System Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium
Display 17.3" Active Matrix TFT Color LCD
Hard Disk Drive 640GB Serial ATA
Optical Drive DVD-Writer
Web Cam
Dimensions 1.36" (H) x 16.33" (W) x 10.83" (D)
Weight 7.28 lb
Color Options Red
Power 65 W
I/O Ports USB Ports
Memory Card Support
Network IEEE 802.11b/g/n
Gigabit Ethernet
Pointing Device TouchPad
Battery 6 cell Lithium Ion
Other Features Energy Star

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