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Gateway ID49C14u review Notebook with i3-380M

January 24th, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments


Gateway ID49C14u is a 14 inch notebook powered by Intel’s core i3-380M, a dual core processor clocked at 2.53 GHz. The core i3-380M processor comes with 3 MB of L3 cache and should be suitable for your entry level to moderate processing needs. It is not a high end processor. Gateway ID49C14u comes with 4 GB of RAM and 640 GB of hard disk. Its other notable feature includes the HDMI output which you can use to display the content of the notebook on an external HDTV.

As part of the Gateway ID49C14u review, we present the most its features of important components in short. Here it goes

– Intel Core i3-380M, dual core processor, 2.53 GHz, 3 MB Cache
– 4 GB RAM, 640 GB Hard Disk
– 14 inch screen with 1366 x 768 resolution
– HDMI outout
– HD webcam
– Gigabit Ethernet and wireless connectivity feature
– 5.5 hours of battery life
– DVD writer
– 4 USB 2.0 ports, VGA ports


Gateway ID49C14u has everything that you could ask for, in an entry level home entertainment and office PC. It may be worthwhile to take a look at the individual components in detail.

Processor

Gateway ID49C14u is powered by Intel core i3-380M processor. The core i3-380 a dual core processor, which runs at 3.53 GHz and comes with 3 MB of L3 cache (intel calls it Smart Cache). Its Integrated memory controller and the support for the Hyperthreading makes its performance decent. The core i3-380M, however, does not support Turbo boost feature. The integrated Intel HD graphics helps reduce the system cost by reducing the cost of an external discrete graphics component, while providing decent graphics performance.

RAM and Hard Disk

Gateway ID49C14u with 4 GB of RAM and 640 GB of hard disk.

Display

The Gateway ID49C14u comes with 14 inch screen with a resolution of 1366 x 768. It is driven by Intel HD graphics engine. The Gateway ID49C14u also comes with HDMI connector that you can use to display the contents on an HDTV or any device that supports HDMI input.

Other Features

The Gateway ID49C14u is equipped with other features that most notebooks today come with. It has webcam that you can use for video chat. The four USB 2.0 connectors can be used to hook any USB device.

Bottom Line

The Gateway ID49C14u is priced at $679 according to the MSRP. This is a price commensurate to its performance. However there are other more reliable brands including Sony vaio and Toshiba available in the same price range and with similar specification. So you may like to dig a little bit further, before deciding to buy this notebook. Unless you find specific deals, we are not very optimistic about this notebook, given other options available.

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