The Bottom Line
- More Powerful Mobile Processor
- Strong Connectivity Options
- Lacks FireWire
- Price Has Increased
- Intel Core 2 Duo T8300 Dual Core Mobile Processor
- 3GB PC2-5300 DDR2 Memory
- 250GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
- 8x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner
- 15.4" WXGA (1280x800) Wide LCD with 1.3MP Webcam
- ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2400XT with 256MB Memory
- v.92 56Kbps Modem, 10/100 Ethernet, 802.11a/g/n Wireless, Bluetooth
- Three USB 2.0, HDMI, ExpressCard/54, 5-in-1 Card Reader, Fingerprint Reader
- 14" x 10" x 1.5" @ 6.3 lbs.
- Vista Home Premium, Works, Power2Go, Norton Internet Security
Guide Review - Gateway M-151XL Thin and Light Notebook PC
5/25/08 - Gateway's M-150XL notebook was a decently priced system that offered some good features but also had some significant flaws. The new M-151XL looks to address some of these problems. It is more of a component update than a complete redesign as it uses the same base chassis at the M-150.
One area that Gateway improved is the performance. The M-150XL's Core 2 Duo T7100 was a bit on the slower side at the time. They have upgraded the processor to a newer Duo T8300 mobile processor that gives it a significant boost thanks to a much higher clock speed and larger cache. Add to this that they have upgraded the memory from 2GB to 3GB of DDR2 memory and you get a much smoothly experience with applications and the Vista operating system.
Another area that the older M-150XL system had issues was with its storage. The 120GB hard drive offered at the time was quite small for the market segment. Gateway has gone and doubled the storage space provided by installing a 250GB drive into the M-151XL. This puts it pretty much in line with what other companies are offering on thin and light notebook systems. A standard dual layer DVD burner is retained for playback and recording of CD and DVDs.
Much of the rest of the system remains the same for good and bad. It still features the excellent connectivity options of 802.11n wireless and Bluetooth support. This was very unique at the time of the M-150XL's release but is more common now from thin and light notebooks. The M-151XL also retains the very glaring omission of a FireWire port preventing it from being used with digital camcorders.