The Bottom Line
- Core i5 Mobile Processor
- Well Priced
- Limited Viewing Angles For The Display
- Keyboard Has Very Soft Feel
- Intel Core i5-430M Dual Core Mobile Processor
- 4GB PC3-8500 DDR3 Memory
- 320GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
- 8x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer
- 15.6" WXGA (1366x768) LED Backlit Display With 1.3 Megapixel Webcam
- Intel GMA 4500MHD Integrated Graphics
- v.92 56Kbps Modem, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wireless
- Four USB 2.0, HDMI, VGA, 5-in-1 Card Reader
- 14.7" x 10.2" x 1.5" @ 5.9 lbs.
- Windows 7 Home Premium, Works, Cyberlink PowerDVD, Norton Internet Security
Guide Review - Gateway NV5929u 15.6-inch Budget Laptop PC
Oct 9 2010 - Gateway's NV5929u separates itself from other budget class laptops by being one of the few to feature the Intel Core i5 dual core mobile processor instead of the Core i3. This gives it an advantage thanks to the Turbo Boost technology that automatically increases the speed when only a single processor core is in use. Combine this with 4GB of DDR3 memory and this system gives some of the best performance possible in a laptop priced under $650.
Storage features are pretty typical of a budget class laptop. It comes with a 320GB hard drive that provides a fair amount of space for applications, data and media files. It spins at the standard 5400rpm laptop drive rate to give it moderate performance. A dual layer DVD burner handles all playback and record of CDs or DVDs. Also included is a 5-in-1 card reader slot that handles the most common types of flash media cards.
The NV5929u continues to use the 15.6-inch LCD panel used in previous versions with its 1366x768 native resolution and glossy coating. As with previous versions, the picture is extremely bright and has decent colors but suffers for the poor viewing angles. Moving off center quickly causes the colors to either fade or shift. The default brightness is also a bit too much at times and should probably be turned down. The graphics are handled by the Intel GMA 4500MHD integrated processor. This is perfectly fine for basic tasks or HD media watching but it lacks any significant 3D performance for even casual 3D PC gaming.
As with most low cost laptops, the Gateway NV5929u uses a six cell battery pack that features a 4400mA capacity. In DVD playback tests, this yielded roughly two and a half hours of playback before going into standby mode. More typical usage should yield roughly another hour for three and a half hours of total running time. This is less than many more expensive systems but on par for similarly priced laptops.
The NV5929u continues to use the same basic chassis design as previous NV59 models. This includes a keyboard that features flat keys that have a very soft feel. It is still possible to type actually but one has to get used to its design. It does include a partial number keypad design which may be useful to some but the location of the minus, plus and enter key will require learning. The trackpad button bar is extremely thin and uses a rocker bar style that is very difficult to use. Gateway really needs to reconsider how this is designed.