Gateway ID49C notebook review
The processor in the Gateway ID49C notebook is Intel Core i5-450M – intel’s flagship processor (at least at the time of writing) The core i5-450M is a a dual-core processor with a nominal clock frequency of 2.4GHz nominal clock. The core i5-450M does support turbo boost whereby it can temporarily increase the frequncy of its core upto 2.66 GHz for short period of time. The performance of the i5-450M processor should be good enough for most of your tasks. The notebook has 4 GB of DDR3 memory which can be expanded to 8 GB if required.
Priced at $849 at the time of buying ( according to the gateway website at http://www.gateway.com/systems/product/529668689.php), the notebook seems to be priced proportionate to the feature it provides.
The Gateway ID49C comes with NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M. The GeForce GT 330M comes with NVIDIA’s Optimus technology. Usually any decent graphics support comes in bigger laptops ( usually 17 inch or at least 16 inch). However, a high end graphics in the ID49C, a 14 inch notebook, is a pleasantly good combination and another reason to buy, especially if you are a gaming enthusiast. The GT 330M has 48 CUDA cores and a 128-bit memory bus.
The Gateway ID49C has 14 inch display with a resolution of 1366 x 768. The part number of the display is LG Philips LP140WH2-TLA2.
One of the interesting feature of the Gateway ID49C is its ability to shut down the GT 330M graphics use the Intel HD graphics built into the i5 processor when the unit is running on the battery.
The left side of the Gateway ID49C has an Ethernet jack, a VGA connector, an HDMI, USB 2.0 in addition to a Microphone and a Headphone jack. The right side of the notebook has three USB 2.0 and an optical drive. The power supply enters through the right side of the notebook. The notebook also has 1.3 Megapixel in built camera.
The ID49C has 6-Cell, 11.1V, 4400mAh, 48Wh battery. According to Gateway the battery will last for six hour. However, you must note that this assumption is based upon the fact that the gateway will shut down the GeForce GT 330M graphics and let the core i5 processor’s graphics run the display. Also the the notebook’s diplay will be dimmed according to the Gateway’s in built dimming software. Nonetheless, the battery life is really decent especially since the notebook has a mainstream processor.
The Keypads needs some serious design thoughts. If you need to type a lot while working on this notebook, you may better like to look at Sony Via based notebooks. The backlight on the touchpad has been found to be anooying by many users.