The Bottom Line
- Very Small and Portable
- Secondary SD Card Slot For Additional Storage
- Comes with Trail Anti-Virus Software
- Limited Battery Life From Three Cell Pack
- Poor Trackpad Design
- More Expensive Than Similar Aspire One
- Intel Atom N270 Mobile Processor
- 1GB PC2-5300 DDR2 Memory (1.5GB Maximum)
- 160GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
- 8.9-inch WSVGA (1024x600) Wide LCD Display with VGA Webcam
- Intel GMA 950 Integrated Graphics
- Fast Ethernet, 802.11b/g Wireless
- Three USB 2.0, VGA, 4-in-1 Card Reader, SD Slot
- 9.8" x 6.7" x 1.2" @ 2.2 lbs.
- Windows XP Home, Norton 360 Trial
Guide Review - Gateway LT1004u 8.9-inch Netbook Subnotebook Laptop PC
Mar 4 2009 - If Gateway's LT1004u looks very familiar, that's because it is a rebranded Acer Aspire One 8.9-inch netbook. This isn't very surprising as Gateway is owned by Acer. The biggest difference between the Gateway and Acer netbooks is their color scheme. While the majority of the Acer units are found in blue, white or black, the Gateway unit comes with a two-toned black and silver-grey trim.
One of the biggest advantages the Gateway and Acer units have over many of the newer netbooks is size. Since it only uses a 8.9-inch display panel, the system has smaller overall dimensions. This combined with its very low 2.2 pound weight makes it extremely portable for those who need some basic computing on the go.
Unfortunately, the Gateway LT1004u shares one of the biggest problems of Aspire One. It only comes equipped with a three-cell battery to keep its overall weight and costs down. This gives it a very limited running time compared to the majority of netbooks that now feature six cell battery packs for nearly twice the running time.
The Gateway LT1004u does retain one of the unique features from the Aspire One. While most netbooks feature a multi-card reader for flash cards, the Acer and Gateway units come with a second SD exclusive card slot. This special card slot allows the systems storage to be expanded with the inclusion of another SD card. This was most useful for the solid-state versions of the Aspire One, but it is nice to see the feature retained in the Gateway.
The problem with the Gateway LT1004u is its price. Just compared to a similar equipped Acer Aspire One, it is more expensive. Thus, consumers should look at the Acer over the Gateway unless of course you want the Gateway color scheme.