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Gateway ID49C14u 14-inch Budget Laptop PC

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Gateway ID49C14U 14-inch Budget Laptop PC

Gateway ID49C

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The Bottom Line

Mar 30 2011 - Gateway's ID49C14u is a mixed bag. For some, it may be a nice solution because of its slim1-inch profile, compact 14-inch display and larger 640GB hard drive. Even with all of these features, it has one of the more annoying keyboard and trackpad designs on the market making it more difficult to use. As a result, it may work decently for some and very poorly for others.
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Pros

  • Slimmer Profile
  • Larger Hard Drive

Cons

  • Poor Keyboard Design
  • Trackpad Glow Feature Quite Annoying

Description

  • Intel Core i3-380M Dual Core Mobile Processor
  • 4GB PC3-8500 DDR3 Memory
  • 640GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
  • 8x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner
  • 14" WXGA (1366x768) LED Backlit Display With 1.3 Megapixel Webcam
  • Intel GMA 4500MHD Integrated Graphics
  • Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wireless
  • Four USB 2.0, HDMI, VGA, 5-in-1 Card Reader
  • 13.5" x 9.6" x 1" @ 5.1 lbs.
  • Windows 7 Home Premium, Office Starter, Norton Internet Security

Guide Review - Gateway ID49C14u 14-inch Budget Laptop PC

Mar 30 2011 - Gateways ID49C14u is a more affordable version of their thin ID49C laptop system. On the outside, it retains the same design that is more compact with a one inch thickness making it more portable than the average budget laptop based on 15-inch display panels. Unfortunately, this design means that it also keeps its unusual keyboard and trackpad combination. The trackpad will light up with a blue glow when touched which can be quite annoying but at least this can be turned off. The keyboard also has a fair amount of flex and some odd spacing between keys.

In terms of performance, the ID49C14u uses a more modest Intel Core i3-380M dual core processor compared to more expensive models. This is a decent performing processor and one that is fairly common in the $600 laptop price range. It should be able to handle most tasks but will be slower when doing demanding tasks such as desktop video work. It is matched up with 4GB of DDR3 memory that is the base for most laptops now.

Where the Gateway ID49C14u sets itself apart from similarly priced laptops is the storage features. It comes with a 640GB hard drive that provides it with roughly twenty-five percent more space for applications, data and media files over comparable laptops that use 500GB drives. The drive does still spin at a 5400rpm spin rate so performance isn't that much faster. A standard dual layer DVD burner handles all playback and recording of CD or DVD media. Finally, there is a 5-in-1 media card reader that handles the most popular forms of flash media.

One of the primary ways that the Gateway ID49C14u reduces costs compared to other versions is by removing the dedicated NVIDIA graphics and instead focusing solely on the Intel GMA 4500MHD integrated graphics. While this is fine for anyone that is using it for productivity, web or HD media streaming tasks, the graphics lack any real 3D performance that would even allow the system to be used for casual PC gaming. The display of the ID49C14u uses a more compact 14-inch display compared to many laptops that use a 15.6-inch panel. This helps reduce the overall size of the system but still provides it with the same 1366x768 resolution that is found in most laptops.

The slim profile of the Gateway ID49C necessitates a slim battery. It comes with a six-cell battery pack with a 4400mAh rating. This is fairly typical of the battery capacity for its price range. In DVD playback testing, the unit was able to run for two hours and three quarter hours before going into standby mode. This falls into the middle of the pack in terms of running time. It isn't particularly long nor is it extremely short.

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