The Bottom Line
- 14" Widescreen Touch Display
- No DVD Burner Standard
- Older Core Duo Processor
- Heavy For a Tablet PC
- Intel Core Duo T2350 Dual Core Mobile Processor
- 1GB PC2-5300 DDR2 Memory
- 80GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
- 24x CD-RW/DVD Combo Drive
- 14" WXGA (1280x768) Touch Screen LCD Display
- Intel GMA 950 Integrated Graphics
- v.92 56Kbps Modem, Gigabit Ethernet and 802.11a/b/g Wireless
- Three USB 2.0, One FireWire, One Type II PC Card Slot and 7-in-1 Card Reader
- 13.6" x 11.1" x 1.3" @ 6.3 lbs.
- Vista Home Premium, MS Works, Power2Go, McAfee Internet Security
Guide Review - Gateway CX210X Thin and Light Tablet Notebook
5/10/07 – Gateway's CX210X is what they call a convertible tablet PC. This means it has the traditional shape and form of a notebook PC, but it features a touchscreen LCD display that can be rotated to function like a standard tablet PC. Unlike most tablet PCs though, the CX210X is a fairly sizable system featuring a 14” widescreen display and a hefty 6.2 pound weight. This may make it tiring to use exclusively as a tablet PC.
The base model of the CX210X is a somewhat dated configuration. Rather than using newer or faster Core 2 Duo processor, Gateway elected to use a Core Duo T2350 dual core processor. This is fine for most basic computing tasks, but it is something to consider when comparing it to traditional thin and light notebooks. Thankfully Gateway does include a full gigabyte of PC2-5300 DDR2 memory, but it would have been nice for them to include some more for the more memory intensive Vista Home Premium operating system.
Storage with the Gateway CX210X is fairly limited to what is found on most notebooks. Even most budget oriented notebooks are featuring DVD burners now, but Gateway continues to include a more subdued 24x CD-RW/DVD combo drive. The hard drive space is also limiting with 80GB of storage. Many notebooks are now moving to the much more spacious 160GB drives.
What it all comes down to though is price. Gateway's CX210X is probably one of the least expensive tablet PC notebooks available on the market. So, if you are interested in writing on the screen and don't mind the heavy weight or slightly downgraded features, this might be a notebook to consider.