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Gateway LT2119u 10.1-inch Netbook PC

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Gateway LT2119u 10.1-inch Netbook PC

Gateway LT2119u

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The Bottom Line

Feb 20 2010 - Gateway's LT2119u is a close cousin to the Acer Aspire One 532h netbook which is no big surprise. These means they share much of the same design and features. Battery life is above average but not class leading and the keyboard has both good and design aspects. It does use a larger hard drive and comes in a different color scheme but the Acer model can be found for less making the choice of the Gateway LT2119u more for looks than features.

Pros

  • Good Battery Life
  • Larger 250GB Hard Drive
  • Better Than Average Audio

Cons

  • Keyboard Needs More Space Between Keys
  • More Expensive Than Near Identical Aspire One 532h

Description

  • Intel Atom N450 Mobile Processor
  • 1GB PC2-5300 DDR2 Memory
  • 250GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
  • 10.1" WSVGA (1024x600) LED Backlit Display With VGA Webcam
  • Intel GMA 3150 Integrated Graphics
  • Fast Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wireless
  • Three USB 2.0, VGA, 5-in-1 Card Reader
  • 10.2" x 7.3" x 1.4" @ 2.8 lbs.
  • Windows 7 Starter

Guide Review - Gateway LT2119u 10.1-inch Netbook PC

Feb 20 2010 - Gateway's LT2119u uses the new Intel PineTrail platform with its combined processor and graphics engine. The new Atom N450 processor doesn't provide much of a performance boost over the previous generation N270 but some programs do see slight gains. Performance is still heavily limited by the 1GB of memory that is imposed by the Windows 7 netbook licensing.

The hard drive on the LT2119u uses a larger 250GB hard drive compared to the previous generation of netbooks with their 160GB drives. This is one of the advantages of the new Windows 7 netbook licensing terms that will help people who need to store more data. The downside is that it does increase the base cost of the netbooks from the previous generation.

Those hoping the new integrated graphics solution of the PineTrail would allow for high definition video stream will be disappointed. While the new GMA 3150 can do 720p video from certain sources, it can't do it reliably for the most common video sources. Since the LT2119u continues to use a 1024x600 10.1-inch LCD panel, this isn't going to be much of an issue for most people.

The keyboard of the Gateway LT2119u is essentially identical to the one used in the Acer Aspire One 532h. This isn't surprising considering Gateway is owned by Acer. This means that it shares the same good and bad aspects as the Acer netbooks. The keyboard layout is quite good including full sized shift keys on both sides. The downside is that the spacing between the isolated keys is limited making for more typing errors especially for those with larger fingers.

The Gateway LT2119u comes with a six-cell battery pack that provides it with a large amount of running time. During my video streaming test, the system was able to run just over seven hours before going into standby mode. This should equate to roughly nine hours or so of more typical web usage. While this isn't the longest running time available, it is above average for similarly equipped netbooks and should provide users with plenty of time away from a power outlet.

The biggest problem with the Gateway LT2119u is its price. While $350 is a good price for a netbook with this configuration, the nearly identical Acer Aspire One 532h can be found for roughly $20 less. The main reason to go for the Gateway over the Acer would be if you want a netbook in black as Acer currently does not offer a PineTrail model in this color.

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