The Bottom Line
- Very Inexpensive
- High Resolution Display On Par With More Expensive Laptops
- Includes USB 3.0 Port
- Integrated Graphics
- Lots Of Trialware
- Only Available With Red Exterior
- Intel Core i3-2310M Dual Core Mobile Processor
- 6GB PC3-8500 DDR3 Memory
- 640GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
- 8x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer DVD Burner
- 17.3" WSXGA+ (1600x900) LED Backlit Display With 1.3 Megapixel Webcam
- Intel HD 3000 Integrated Graphics
- Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wireless
- One USB 3.0, Two USB 2.0, HDMI, VGA, 5-in-1 Card Reader
- 16.6" x 11" x 1.4" @ 7.3 lbs.
- Windows 7 Home Premium, Office Starter
Guide Review - Gateway NV77H05u 17.3-inch Desktop Replacement Laptop PC
Jul 11 2011 - Gateway's NV77H05u has a very different approach to a desktop replacement. The common perception is that desktop replacements are typically used by those that need powerful computers on the go. Instead, the NV77H05u is targeted at those looking at an economical platform that also comes with a larger screen. With a list price of just $600, this is certainly one of the most affordable 17-inch laptops on the market and it has to make a few compromises to achieve such a low price.
The NV77H05u is not going to win any performance contests for the 17-inch market segment. It is equipped with a low end Intel Core i3-2310M dual core processor. This is fine for anyone using the laptop to watch media files, browse the web or doing standard office software. It is certainly capable of performing more demanding tasks such as desktop video, it just takes a lot longer than i5 and i7 equipped laptops. It does a reasonably good job of multitasking though thanks to the 6GB of DDR3 memory compared to most that ship with just 4GB in the lower price ranges.
Storage is a bit better than many budget classed laptops with 640GB of storage space compared to the more typical 500GB found in this price range. The drive spins at the slower 5400rpm rate that give it modest storage performance. A typical dual layer DVD burner handles playback and recording on DVD or CD media. What is fairly surprising about the NV77H05u is the inclusion of a USB 3.0 port that can be used for very high performance external storage. There are many more expensive desktop replacements that don't offer a single one of these ports. The downside is that it still does not feature an eSATA port.
The main reason for one to be looking at the Gateway NV77H05u is for the larger screen. The 17.3-inch display panel isn't going to win any awards in terms of its color, brightness or viewing angles but at this price point that is to be expected. What is surprising is the very high 1600x900 resolution that is typical of most more expensive laptops. This will be welcome for anyone hoping to run multiple applications or watch HD media streams. At this price point, the laptop has to rely on the integrated graphics. Thankfully, it is the newer Intel HD graphics in the latest generation of processors. It offers improved graphics with Direct X 10 support and limited gaming at lower resolutions but still isn't something for anyone looking to do even casual PC gaming on a frequent basis.
The battery pack for the Gateway NV77H05u is a typical six-cell variety that features a 4400mAh capacity. Gateway claims that this can run upwards of four hours. In DVD playback testing, the laptop yielded two and a half hours before going into standby mode. This is pretty typical of a laptop in this price range with this battery size. More traditional usage will probably yield another hour which is slightly below Gateway's estimate but still within the average for a laptop with these features and battery.
One thing that has plagued many Gateway and Acer laptops over the last few years is the software. I'm not talking about the operating system but rather than amount of trialware applications that get loaded onto the laptops. There are far too many here and it does impact the performance of the system when booting up. Users will definitely want to take some time to clear out unwanted applications.