Gateway Netbook Pairs AMD Processors with Sizable Display

 
 
By Michelle Maisto  |  Posted 2010-07-07 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Gateway's newest netbook, the LT32 series, features an LED-backlit, 11.6-inch HD display, AMD Athlon II Neo processors, ATI graphics, an HD Webcam and an HDMI port with a starting price of $450.

Gateway introduced the LT32 series of netbooks July 7. Featuring an 11.6-inch HD LED-backlit display, the series offers a little more view than the 10.1-inch LT23 Series that the PC maker debuted just a few weeks ago.  

The LT32 is less than an inch thick and weighs 2.76 pounds. Gateway has paired its nearly 12-inch screen, which features a resolution of 1,366 by 768, with a choice of Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) Athlon II Neo processors, ATI graphics and Microsoft's 64-bit Windows 7 Home Premium. To connect, there's WiFi b/g/n and Gigabit Ethernet and VGA ports.

For easy navigation, the LT32 features a touchpad with multigesture technology, for pinching and scrolling one's way more efficiently through Websites, or for a closer look at images.

Those not content to watch movies on a netbook will appreciate the LT32's HDMI 1080p output for sending video and audio to an HDTV or LCD screen. It's a feature that caused Gateway's senior product marketing manager to dub the device a "true ultra-mobile entertainment powerhouse netbook."

The LT32's six-cell battery offers 5.5 hours of life. There's 2GB of DDR3 (double-data rate) memory, for hurrying along Web browsing and music downloads, as well as 384MB of dedicated system memory and a 250GB hard drive.

The netbook's 3 USB 2.0 ports allow users to connect to several peripherals - printers, cameras, displays - at once, and there a multi-in-one digital card reader, compatible with various media cards.

In addition, like the LT23 - which was released in June, along with two ID Series notebooks - Gateway's newest netbook includes a social-network feature built around a function key. One press launches a user's favored site, such as Facebook, Flickr or YouTube. When users are ready to take their networking one-on-one, there's also an integrated HD Webcam.

To view images of the LT23 and ID Series notebooks, click here.


Backed by a one-year warranty, the Gateway LT32 is now available at a starting price of $449.99.

In other news, notebooks sold like hotcakes during the first quarter of this year. The market's near-record-breaking growth encouraged market research firm iSuppli to raise its forecast for the year - in some good news for Gateway, as well as competitors such as Samsung and Sony - to annual growth of 29.8 percent.

 

 
 
 
 
Michelle Maisto has been covering the enterprise mobility space for a decade, beginning with Knowledge Management, Field Force Automation and eCRM, and most recently as the editor-in-chief of Mobile Enterprise magazine. She earned an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University, and in her spare time obsesses about food. Her first book, The Gastronomy of Marriage, if forthcoming from Random House in September 2009.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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