The Dolby Audio technology gave the tunes extra richness, and we could hear a clear distinction between the high- and low-end sounds. The right side of the system contains two USB 2. Our current favorite weighs 2. If netbooks immediately come to mind, think again. This meager score was over points less than the ultraportable average and on a par with the T’s score , but over points better than the netbook average. Nevertheless, the Gateway ECu offers good bang for your buck in a sleek chassis.
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If netbooks immediately come to mind, think again. We just wish the keyboard had a firmer feel.
A subtle dot pattern covers the palm rest area and the thin strips that flank the keyboard. It also booted the bit Windows 7 Home Premium operating system in 50 seconds, which is 10 seconds faster than the second average, and 17 seconds faster than the T’s second mark.
This meager score was over points less than the ultraportable average and on a par with the T’s scorebut over gatsway better than the netbook 311. The mouse buttons, however, are pretty awful; they’re small and stiff.
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It achieved a data transfer speed of Although we had no problem typing this review on the system we liked the keyboard’s wide girth and large right Shift keywe didn’t like the amount of flex beneath the island-style keys; the typing experience was soft compared 3311a the Acer Timeline T, which has a similar layout.
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Click here to see how Gateway fared in our Tech Support Showdown. Nevertheless, the Gateway ECu offers good bang for your buck in a sleek chassis. The entire system is highlighted by small metallic touches in the form of the hinges, mouse buttons, strips for the status indicator on the lower-left of the base, and the Gateway logo on the lid. On PCMark Vantage a benchmark that measures system performancethe ECu scored an even 2, which was a shade below the 2, ultraportable average and about points less than the T’s 2,but still more than double the 1, netbook average.
This affordable ultraportable packs good performance and all-day endurance in a netbook-size body.
In our time with the notebook, we saw snappy performance when video chatting with friends while we simultaneously worked on other documents, thanks to 3GB of RAM expandable to 4GB. While a Bluetooth switch was present on our review unit, it did not possess Bluetooth compatibility. These premium laptops are thin, light and long lasting.
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We saw bright colors and rich blacks when we streamed the high-definition version of Confessions of a Superhero from Hulu.
The former mark falls just below the category average The keyboard on the ECu offered a gatrway typing experience. Gateway’s new ECu ultraportable has a decidedly netbook-like design, but differentiates itself from mini-notebooks by offering an Intel Pentium dual-core processor that offers a more robust Windows 7 computing experience than the relatively sluggish Atom CPU.
The ECu sports a glossy Our current favorite weighs 2.
Secondary functions are highlighted on their respective keys in red lettering. When chatting with friends using Meebo and the 0. Which affordably-priced notebook class features systems with From gaming rigs to business laptops, these are the leading systems in every category. An understated beauty, the ECu features Gateway’s black NightSky finish on the lid, which draws the eye with its gloss–along with a fair number of fingerprints.
Regardless, we didn’t have any problems streaming content from Hulu or Slacker. You also get the Gateway Recovery Management utility for creating a default backup disk, and Gateway PowerSave Solution for switching between performance mode for multitasking and power save mode when you want longer battery life.
This was almost 3 hours longer than the ultraportable average meaning you can work all day without needing to carry a back-up battery or AC adapterbut over a half hour shorter than the T’s excellent 8: It took the ECu’s battery 3 hours and 28 minutes to charge to 80 percent capacity, and 4 hours and 32 minutes to completely charge slower times than the 2: These buttons are even smaller than those found on the Timeline T, which at least extend beyond the front lip of the system. Mousing over the upper-right portion of the desktop brings up a Video Web Camera shortcut bar that lets you launch the application without needing to go to the Start menu.
The Dolby Audio technology gave the tunes extra richness, and we could hear a clear distinction between the high- and low-end sounds.