Announcing: Gateway NV59C and NV7 Series

Gateway has announced the NV59C and NV7 series of notebooks featuring 15.6” and 17.3” screens respectively. These models will be Gateway’s two pronged attack on the crowded mainstream notebook market. Gateway is not only claiming that the new notebooks will offer the best in cinematic entertainment thanks to Blu-ray drives, vibrant16:9 displays and HDMI connections, but also seamless social networking capabilities. The latter comes in the form of an integrated “social networking” shortcut button that will connect users to sites such as Facebook, YouTube, and Flickr. To be honest it seems like a bit of a gimmick, but bearing in mind the target audience it will probably come in quite handy.

The first model to be released is the NV59C09u, which features an Intel Core i3-330M running at 2.13GHz on the Intel HM55 chipset with 4GB DDR3 RAM. The integrated Intel GMA HD graphics will drive the 15.6” LED-backlit display comfortably due to its lowly 1366x768 resolution. The notebook has a 320GB HDD and a Blu-ray drive which is a nice addition. While the low resolution screen may not make the most of it, there is an HDMI port to output your high definition films to a better display. Further connectivity comes in the form of 802.11b/g/n wireless and Gigabit Ethernet wired networking as well as three USB 2.0 ports, a VGA port, a media card reader, and the usual audio in and out ports.

The notebook also features a 1280x1024 webcam, two stereo speakers, a dedicated numeric keypad, and a multi-gesture trackpad that will provide functionality such as pinch to zoom and twist/rotate photos. A 6-cell battery is standard with a quoted 4.5 hour battery life in the 5.72Lbs chassis. The machine runs Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit. There is also a new fingerprint-resistant lid with a wave pattern and colorful finish as well as some other small aesthetic alterations that generally improve the look of the machine.

The NV59C09u is available now for $800. On the face of it, the specifications are identical to the $650 NV5933u which has been available for some time now. (We'll have a review of the NV5933u in the near future.) However, the new model has an improved 2-year warranty compared to the single year available on the older model as well as the social networking key and improved aesthetics. Still, $150 extra for what amounts to an extra year of warranty coverage and a slight tweak to the design still seems a bit too much. If you don't feel like you need these changes, the current $650 for the "old" NV59 series is a great deal.

Further models will be available in the coming weeks and are said to range from mainstream family orientated products to powerful gaming and video editing machines and will feature Intel Core i3 and Core i5 processors as well as AMD Athlon and Turion processors, a move HP has recently taken with its new Pavilion range of mainstream notebooks. Standard across the range of new notebooks will be media card readers, 802.11b/g/n, Gigabit Ethernet and a1280x1024 webcam. They fill feature storage ranging from 320GB to 640GB. The cheapest of the new NV series notebooks will start at $530.

The NV7 Series will feature models with ATI Mobility Radeon HD graphics to make the most of the 17.3” 1600x900 screen. Unfortunately, there’s no 1080p resolution to make the most of the Blu-ray drive models, which is a crime for notebooks of this screen size. The new notebooks also feature Gateways "MyBackup" software to make backing up to internal partitions or external drives an easy task rather than a mundane chore.

We’ll have to wait and see how these machines weigh up against their mainstream counterparts, as undoubtedly there will be a flurry of releases to catch the school and college notebook buyers over the summer. The two year warranty is a nice extra (something ASUS already provides on many of their laptops), but in the meantime the NV59 series is a lot cheaper and offers the same performance at a much lower price.

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  • JarredWalton - Friday, May 14, 2010 - link

    Don't forget HD+ (1600x900).
  • Pneumothorax - Friday, May 14, 2010 - link

    If Gateway wants to stand out from the crowd, slap on a brighter, higher contrast, and higher resolution screen. All the rest of the crowd will use the crappiest panels at the cheapest price right now. I'm frankly sick and tired of the generally dismal quality of screens that Win 7 laptops come with.
  • numberoneoppa - Friday, May 14, 2010 - link

    Agreed, it actually makes Microsoft look bad. They should have a word with the manufacturers and OEMs.
  • Roland00 - Friday, May 14, 2010 - link

    Gateways have one of the brightest screen on the market for a mainstream consumer line laptop, with semi good color accuracy and color gamut.

    The biggest problem with Gateway screens (beside the resolution, but most mainstream consumer line laptops having the same resolution due to being a race to the bottom) is not the brightness of the screen but the too high white levels, Gateways need darker blacks. The lack of good blacks result in its bad contrast ratio, not the good whites the gateway can do with a cheap tn lcd led backlight panel.
  • SpeedDemonAaron - Monday, May 17, 2010 - link

    I immensely agree with this comment. I'm traveling right now and just plugged in my VAIO Z so that it is ready to make it the entire car ride back from Seattle to Portland (and put it to sleep). I switched over to my backup computer... I'm typing this on my Asus UL30A right now and it is incredible how much junk this screen is. Everything on most modern screens is washed out, has a very blue tint (trying to make the whites "brighter"), and have these horrible glossy screens. Would it even be that hard for someone at Asus, Gateway, MSI, Acer, etc. to at least calibrate one out of every 1000, or even 10,000, laptops sold to make sure they have even remotely accurate colors?
  • piroroadkill - Friday, May 14, 2010 - link

    My 5~ year old Latitude D800 has a beautiful 1920x1200 panel, and is only 15.4". So worth it.

    I can see why they throw shit panels on laptops now, though, because it's an expensive component, and they can cheap and most people don't even know what to look for
  • aguilpa1 - Friday, May 14, 2010 - link

    So true, I bought an Alienware M15x last year and I would not have bought it if the 1920x1200 screen was not an option.
  • hglazm - Friday, May 14, 2010 - link

    There either needs to seriously be a limit to the number of products that are announced, or they need to be placed off in its own section or something.

    The fact I check anandtech every day in hopes of finding a new review, but instead find almost 20 "ANNOUNCING: SOME PRODUCT", it makes me seriously question how much "reviewing" is being done.
    There are some things worth nothing. Sparkle releasing super high wattage gold rating PSUs is interesting.
    Gateway releasing laptops? Woop-dee-fuck. Let us know when you've reviewed it and if its worth consideration, but you are not a bloody advertising company.
  • Jeff7181 - Sunday, May 16, 2010 - link

    Agreed. I'm sure it draws in money for the site, but it's annoying when I start looking at an article hoping to find useful information and find what amounts to an advertisement.
  • JarredWalton - Monday, May 17, 2010 - link

    AnandTech is bringing back some of the news reporting in-house (i.e. as opposed to just using the DailyTech feed). That's the plan at least. I'll chat with Anand about the concerns and see if we can do something to move stories like this over to the side bar, but I expect that may take some time.

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