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Gateway P-7805u FX 17-inch Gaming Desktop Replacemnt Laptop PC

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Gateway P-7805u FX Gaming Desktop Replacement Laptop

Gateway P-7805u FX

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The Bottom Line

1/9/2009 - Gateway's P-7805u FX is probably one of the best overall values available on the market for someone looking for a gaming laptop computer system. It may not have the fastest processor but it has more than enough to play all the latest PC games on it thanks to the NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GTS graphics with 1GB of memory. Even though it is designed for those wanting toplay games on it, it can also be used for more general purpose computing as well. It would be nice to see Gateway address the battery design though.

Pros

  • Excellent Price
  • Extremely Fast 3D Graphics Processor

Cons

  • Battery Extends Out Rear or Laptop Rather Than Flush
  • Heavy Use Of Glossy Plastics That Show Smudges and Scratches Easily
  • Could Use Higher Resolution LCD Panel

Description

  • Intel Core 2 Duo P8400 Dual Core Mobile Processor
  • 4GB PC3-8500 DDR3 Memory
  • 320GB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive
  • 8x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner With Labelflash Support
  • 17" WUXGA (1440x900) Wide LCD With 1.3 Megapixel Webcam
  • NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GTS Graphics Card With 1GB Memory
  • v.92 56Kbps Modem, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11a/g/n Wireless
  • Three USB 2.0, FireWire, eSATA, HDMI, ExpressCard/54, 5-in-1 Card Reader
  • 15.8" x 11.8" x 1.7" @ 9.1 lbs
  • Vista Home Premium 64-bit, Works, Power2Go, Norton 360

Guide Review - Gateway P-7805u FX 17-inch Gaming Desktop Replacemnt Laptop PC

1/9/2009 - The Gateway P-7805u FX is a Best Buy exclusive laptop that brings mobile PC gaming to new and surprising affordability. While it isn't going to be the fastest or flashiest 17-inch gaming notebook, it is more than capable at playing all of today's 3D games and then some.

While many 17-inch laptops use fairly high end processors, Gateway has elected to use a more middle range Core 2 Duo P8400 mobile processor. While it won't be able to put out the same performance numbers as the newer P9000 or T9000 processors, it still performs quite well. Gateway also equips the P-7805u FX with 4GB of fast DDR3 memory. This is especially surprising in a laptop that costs just over one thousand dollars.

Storage has been improved on the P-7805u FX compared to previous models. It has been upgraded to a more industry standard 320GB hard drive spinning at the 7200rpm desktop rate. This gives it a large amount of speedy storage space. It does use a more traditional dual layer DVD burner rather than a newer Blu-ray drive but it helps keep the costs down.

Since the P-7805u FX is designed for gaming, graphics are the most important aspect of the laptop and Gateway doesn't disappoint. The NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GTS graphics processor can handle all of today's latest PC games without so much of a problem. The 1GB of graphics memory also allows it to run at very high resolutions or with extra filters. The screen with its 1440x900 resolution is a bit low for such a high end graphics processor and it would be nice to see a higher resolution panel. (Note: some early models did ship with 1920x1200 resolution panels.)

Even with the panel confusion, the Gateway P-7805u FX is probably one of the best values on the market today.

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 5 out of 5
Great Laptop, Member D1968

I purchased my laptop in June 2009 from BB website and its screen is the 1920. This has been a great laptop although some of the commonly used keys could be placed a little better (i.e. the funtion key is next to the funtion key is located where the control key should be located). I play mmo games and the performance is great. I wish the processor was a little faster, but it is not very noticable.

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