Gateway MT6724b Laptop Review

This 15in notebook computer is designed to be something that can be used by everyone at home, from parents emailing and working, to children using the internet and playing games. It uses a Pentium Dual Core T2310 processor which runs at 1.47GHz. That’s a reasonable speed, which is fast enough for most of the tasks for which this computer’s going to be used, but if you try to edit video or play recent games the MT6724b might start to struggle. It comes with 2GB of memory, which certainly helps, and which helped the computer to a decent showing in our lab testing.

The Intel graphics processor, which is contained on the motherboard rather than on a separate graphics card, is reasonably capable again, and comes with 128MB of its own memory, as well as being able to borrow 230MB from the aforementioned 2GB if it’s dealing with a fast computer game, for instance.

Gateway MT6724b Laptop Photo

Overall performance was fine, though, and certainly for general day-to-day use it’s perfectly capable. Playing back a DVD didn’t present a problem, either, and nor did the built-in Windows Media Center software which can be used with a TV tuner to watch and record programmes.

Product Specifications
Processor: Intel® Pentium® Dual-Core Mobile Processor T2310
(1.46GHz, 1MB L2 Cache, 533MHz FSB)
Operating System: Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium
Display: 15.4″ widescreen Ultrabright™ WXGA TFT (1280 × 800)
Chipset: Intel® GL960
Memory: 2048MB 667MHz DDR2 dual-channel memory (2 × 1024MB)
2 DDR2 slots total, 0 DDR2 slots available
Hard Drive: 160GB 5400rpm SATA laptop hard drive
Optical Drive: 8x multiformat dual-layer DVD±RW with DVD-RAM
Write max: 8x DVD±R, 6x DVD-RW, 8x DVD+RW, 2x DVD-R DL, 2.4x DVD+R DL, 5x DVD-RAM, 24x CD-R and 16x CD-RW Disks
Reads max: 8x DVD-R/RW/ROM, 4x DVD±R DL, RAM, 5x DVD-RAM, 24x CD-R/RW/ROM
Media Reader: 5-in-1 memory card reader
Secure Digital™ (SD), Multi Media Card™ (MMC), Memory Stick™ (MS), Memory Stick™ Pro, xD-Picture Card™
Video: Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator X3100
Up to 384MB of dynamic video memory
Audio: High-definition 2-channel audio
Built-in speakers
Network: 10/100Mbps Ethernet LAN (RJ-45 port)
802.11g Wireless LAN
Bluetooth® 2.0+EDR
Modem: 56K ITU V.92-ready fax/modem (RJ-11 port)
Pointing Device: Synaptics touchpad with vertical scroll
Webcam: 1.3 megapixel integrated webcam
Ports/Other: 4 – USB 2.0 ports
1 – VGA connector
1 – RJ-11 Modem
1 – RJ-45 Ethernet port
1 – Headphone / Audio out
1 – Microphone
1 – Kensington lock slot
1 – AC adapter connector
Expansion Slots: Expresscard™ Type 54
Dimensions: 33-36mm (H) x 358mm (W) x 264mm (D)
Weight: 2.8 kg (system unit only)
Battery: 6-Cell 2400 mAh Lithium Ion
Warranty: 1 year parts and labor limited warranty
Software:
  • Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium
  • Productivity Software
    • Microsoft® Works 8.5
    • Microsoft® Office Home and Student 2007 (60-day complimentary trial period)
    • Adobe® Reader®
  • Digital Media Software
    • CyberLink® Power2Go™
    • Microsoft® Windows Media Player
  • Connectivity/Utilities
    • Microsoft® Internet Explorer
    • Google Toolbar and Desktop Search
  • GatewayShield™ Comprehensive Security
    • McAfee® Internet Security Suite™ (90-day complimentary subscription)
    • Gateway BigFix®—identifies and resolves problems that affect the system before they occur
    • LoJack® for Laptops BIOS Persistence Agent Enabled
    • Kensington Lock Slot (cable lock sold separately)

There is a 150GB hard disk, of which 10GB is used by the Gateway recovery software, which is used in case something goes badly wrong and the computer has to be wiped and restored to its default settings.

The 15in screen is a widescreen model, with a resolution of 1,280×800 pixels. That’s not particularly high, meaning that levels of detail are not as good as on sharper displays, but it’s still perfectly useable, and it does have the side-effect that text is bigger by default on this screen than it would have been on a higher-resolution one. It is a model without anti-glare coating, however, so although it has good contrast and brightness, it’s susceptible to glare in bright light.

Full review: Vnunet.com

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