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Gateway NX100 ultraportable reviewed


If you're an ultraportable lover on a budget, you might find what you're looking for in the Gateway NX100, which was just reviewed by Laptop Magazine after being announced earlier today. The 3.2-pound notebook features a 12.1-inch widescreen display at a nice 1280 x 800 pixel resolution, but the reviewer found the viewing angle lacking. Powering the laptop is a 1.2GHz Core Solo processor, which should be plenty for most applications, though it didn't fare the greatest in benchmarks. At less than an inch thick, there's no room for an internal disc drive, but you can add a DVD/CD-RW external drive for a couple hundred bucks. The notebook does feature a full-sized keyboard, though the review notes the keys aren't quite as tactile as those of the Lenovo X60. The included three-cell battery can barely muster three hours of life, so you might want to spring for an upgrade to a six-cell or nine-cell pack, which double and triple battery life if you can handle the extra bulk. Luckily these upgrades aren't too incredibly painful since the NX100 itself goes for a reasonable $1624.

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