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Gateway MD7826u 15.6-inch Thin and Light Laptop PC

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Gateway MD7826u 15.6-inch Thin and Light Laptop PC

Gateway MD7826u

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The Bottom Line

Feb 16 2009 - With its sub-$1000 price tag and good overall performance, the Gateway MD7826u is a decent system for people looking at a strong value. It has some very strong battery life and decent 3D graphics that even let it play some of the latest PC games. The laptop does have a number of trade-offs though including dimensions more akin to larger 16-inch laptops, a keyboard that isn't one of the better ones on the market and a few ports that people might miss.
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Pros

  • Excellent Battery Life
  • Well Priced
  • Decent 3D Graphics Processor

Cons

  • Larger Dimension of a 16-inch Panel Laptop
  • Keyboard Could Use Some Improvement
  • Lacks FireWire and eSATA Ports

Description

  • Intel Core 2 Duo P8400 Dual Core Mobile Processor
  • 4GB PC2-5300 DDR2 Memory
  • 320GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
  • 8x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner With Labelflash Support
  • 15.6" WXGA (1366x768) Wide Display With 1.3 Megapixel Webcam
  • ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3650 Graphics With 512MB Memory
  • v.92 56Kbps Modem, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11a/g/n Wireless and Bluetooth 2.0
  • Four USB 2.0, HDMI, ExpressCard/54, 5-in-1 Card Reader
  • 15.2" x 10.4" x 1.7" @ 7.2 lbs.
  • Vista Home Premium 64-bit, Works, Norton 360

Guide Review - Gateway MD7826u 15.6-inch Thin and Light Laptop PC

Feb 16 2009 - Gateway's MD7826u is essentially a reworking of the companies previous MC series laptop. The main difference is the reduction of the screen size from 16-inches to 15.6-inches. This means that the laptop has larger overall dimensions than many laptops with a similar screen size.

Performance for this laptop is good thanks to the use of the Intel Core 2 Duo P8400 dual core processor and the 4GB of memory. It would have been nice to see Gateway use PC2-6400 memory instead of the PC2-5300 to cut down costs. At least the entire setup when testing exhibited a long battery life that exceed even the MC series.

Storage on the MD7826u is quite good for this class of computer. The 320GB hard drive provides plenty of storage space for applications and data. It may not spin at the desktop 7200rpm spin rate but performance is good and it helps keep the battery life a bit longer. A dual layer DVD burner is typical of most laptops these days. It does feature the ability to burn labels directly to LabelFlash compatible media.

Even though the screen size has shrunk slightly, it retains the same 1366x768 resolution and glossy coating. The ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3650 may not be one of the latest and greatest graphics processors but it can handle PC gaming at the panels modest resolution and can also handle 720p high definition video streams.

The MD7826u does keep one of the flaws from the MC series in the lack of certain ports. Users that would like to attach FireWire devices will be out of luck. It also lacks an eSATA port for those interested in using the new high performance external storage devices. The keyboard also has been downgraded somewhat and has a tactile feel that some users may find a bit uncomfortable to use for extended periods.

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