The $199 Netbook, The Gateway LT2712u Netbook Review

For a brief time at Best Buy, the Gateway LT2712U was on sale for only $199. This was by far the best deal for your money, and the cheapest netbook out there.   To get a netbook, that is this great, for such a cheap price was a fabulous deal.  This is similar to the Acer netbook, mainly because Acer owns Gateway.  However, the Smooth finish, the large keys, and the light weight of this netbook is an added plus.  It is similar to most netbooks with the Intel Atom N455 processor.  Designed for new-generation mobile devices and delivering fine performance while saving energy for longer battery life, the Intel® Atom™ Processor N4501 is a revolution in chip architecture. Finally, the power you’ve always wished a netbook could deliver is in your hands. It also comes with 1 GB of DDR3 RAM, and a fast 160GB hard drive.  The Gateway LT2712 has the Intel  Graphics Media Accelerator 3100 series, which adds response-boosting dynamic video memory. It improves graphics performance while saving power.

There are two negative aspects that do need to be addressed, the battery is only a 3 cell battery which means you get about 4 hours of battery life.  The other problem is that it is the 1GB of RAM is not upgradeable without a lot of effort. This is due to the fact that you have to remove the keyboard instead of having simple access in the back, like most netbooks. If you are interested in the process of upgrading the RAM, goto Upgrading RAM However, even with that in mind, you are still getting  a great deal for the money you are spending.

Here are the specs:
Product Features
Intel® Atom™ processor N455
Features a 667MHz frontside bus, 512KB L2 Cache and 1.66GHz processor speed.
1GB DDR3 SDRAM
Note: Optical drive not includedIntel  Graphics Media Accelerator 3150
10.1″ WSVGA LED-backlit display
With 1024 x 600 resolution showcases movies and games in stunning clarity.
160GB Serial ATA hard drive (5400 rpm)
Features 64MB video memory with support for Microsoft DirectX 9.
Social Networks control key
Provides one-touch access to your favorite social networking sites.
Built-in 0.3MP webcam with microphone
Makes it easy to video chat with family and friends.
2-in-1 digital media reader
Supports Secure Digital and MultiMediaCard formats.
3 high-speed USB 2.0 ports
For fast digital video, audio and data transfer.
Built-in wireless LAN (802.11b/g/n)
Connect to the Internet without wires.
Built-in 10/100 Fast Ethernet LAN
With RJ-45 connector for quick and easy wired Web connection.
Measures just 0.9″ thin
For lightweight portability.
Long battery life
Of up to 4 hours to give you more time away from an outlet.
Microsoft Windows 7 Starter Edition operating system preinstalled
Provides a stable computing platform.
Software package included
With Adobe Reader 9.1 and more. Also includes Microsoft Office Starter 2010 (product key card required for activation; sold separately).
ENERGY STAR qualified


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