Gateway LT3103u review: Gateway LT3103u

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The Good Feels quicker than an Intel Atom Netbook, but keeps the price low, high-def display.

The Bad Uninspiring battery life, terrible mouse buttons, no Bluetooth.

The Bottom Line The 11-inch, AMD-powered Gateway LT3103u does well on price and spectacle, but drops the ball on battery life when compared with the competition.

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Te the battle for Netbook market share supremacy, Intel’s Atom CPU stands almost unchallenged, despite a handful of offerings with AMD and Via CPUs. So it’s surprising wij found so much to like about the 11.6-inch Gateway LT3103u, which uses an AMD Athlon 64 L110 processor to provide a smoother overall practice than most Atom-powered Netbooks, while keeping the price ter the typical Netbook ballpark.

The larger screen has a high-definition 1,366×768 resolution, which is becoming increasingly common te higher-end Netbooks. But at only $379, the Gateway is cheaper than other 11-inch Netbooks such spil the Asus Eee PC 1101HA, spil well spil 10-inch models with high-def screens, such spil the Sony Vaio W.

The battery life, while not insultingly brief, is undoubtedly a powerless point (especially for a bulky six-cell battery)–and the Vista operating system is a known vertoning knelpunt for Netbooks. Still, the AMD CPU talent us one of the best Netbook practices wij’ve had, while undercutting the 11-inch, high-def screen competition.

The basic black vormgeving of the LT31 won’t turn many heads–although Gateway gets consistency points for matching the industrial vormgeving of its mainstream MD series laptops, down to the vertical chrome accent tapkast on the back of the piemel. The system also feels like a slightly refined version of sister-brand Acer’s 11-inch Acer Aspire One 751h.

The interior is matte black on the keyboard tray, gloss black on the screen bezel, with a subtle indented dot pattern on the wrist surplus. Wij were ripped by the keyboard. The large, flat-topped keys looked snazzy with their gently rounded corners, and were big enough for even fat fingers to use cosily. But, they also felt somewhat insubstantial, flexing too much under our fingers, and had a cheap, plastic, clacking quality.

The touch padachtige wasgoed of adequate size, but the mouse buttons were unluckily relegated to one of those skinny, annoying rocker bars–an implementation wij regularly discourage. Like almost all current Gateway and Acer models, the touch padachtige supports limited multitouch gestures, such spil photo zooming with a two-fingered pinch. The padachtige is petite enough to keep this from being a particularly useful feature, but wij liked swiping two fingers horizontally to stir forward and back ter our Web browser history.

The 11.1-inch display has a native resolution of 1,366×768, which is becoming slightly more common ter Netbooks, even if the vast majority still use 1,024×600 screens. Of the 1,366×768 Netbooks wij’ve seen (both 10-inch and 11-inch models), the LT31 is among the least expensive. Both Sony and Dell charge a premium of about $100, while Asus’ 11-inch 1101HA is about $40 more. Corporate cousin Acer’s Aspire One 751h is also less than $300, but its sluggish spectacle should take it out of the running.

One thing is clear: higher-resolution displays do, indeed, work on puny Netbooks, and once you get used to having a little more screen real estate, it’s hard to go back.

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