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Gateway NV55C39u Review – Core i5 notebook

February 4th, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

Gateway NV55C39u is a 15.6 inch notebook powered by the Intel core i5-i5-480M, a 2.66GHz, dual core processor. The Gateway NV55C39u comes with 4 GB RAM and 500 GB of hard disk drive. Its notable feature include the Integrated HD webcam and a the fast processor. On the down side, the notebook does not has a separate discrete graphics component. While this helps reduce the cost of the system, you end up with a system that is not great for high end gaming. The Gateway NV55C39u is however, a great fast machine offered at reasonable price at circuit city ( $599 at the time of writing), making it one of the few notebooks that come with core i5 processor under $600.

As part of the Gateway NV55C39u review, we present you a brief specification, extracted from the long specification from the Gateway.

– Intel core i5-480M, 2.66 GHz, dual core, Turbo 2.93 GHz, Hyperthreading, 3 MB L3 Cache
– 4 GB RAM, 500 GB Hard Drive
– 15.6 inch LCD Screen ( 1366 x 768 resolution)
– HD Integrarted webcam
– Wired and Wireless Networking
– DVD writer


The Intel Core i5-480M that powers the Gateway NV55C39u, is a 2.66 GHz processor, making it faster than the fastest core i3 processor, the i3-380M, clocked at 3.53 GHz. But clock frequency is not the only thing that makes core i5-480M faster than the core i3 processor. The core i5-480M has turbo boost, which increases the frequency of the processor for a short time based upon demand. This significantly improves the real world performance of the notebook. In the real world computing, you need chunks of high processing power for a short period of time, followed by a large low processing requirement. The core i5-480M comes with 3 MB of L3 cache. Its integrated memory controller makes the processor to memory communication fast and improves the performance.

Memory and Hard Disk

Gateway NV55C39u comes with 4 GB of RAM and 500 GB of Hard Disk.

Display and Graphics

The Gateway NV55C39u comes with 15.6 inch screen that gives brighter display due to the LED backlight. The LED backlight not only gives brighter output, but also saves energy and the battery life. The graphics is driven by the Intel Integrated HD graphics, which will give you entry level performance suitable for low end gaming at low resolution.

Other Features

Gateway NV55C39u comes with other features that you will expect in a notebook. It has integrated camera, wired and wireless networking feature, DVD writers and USB connectors.

Gateway NV55C39u Pros
– Fast Intel core i5-480M processor
– Reasonably priced
– Integrated HD webcam

Gateway NV55C39u Cons
– Not recommended for high end gaming, No separate graphics component.
No HDMI ( Thanks AB for pointing this out)

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  1. AB
    February 10th, 2011 at 14:33 | #1

    This laptop does have a HDMI output.

  2. Teky
    March 14th, 2011 at 19:58 | #2

    wow, i will buy this laptop in the future.