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Gateway NV59C

Jayesh Shinde 2010-07-29
81 Very Good
Price: Rs 39,374

Full Review

The Gateway NV59C is a 15.6-inch mainstream laptop with smart looks, featuring an Intel Core i3-330M 2.13-GHz processor and dedicated ATI Radeon HD 5470 graphics.

Design
The Gateway NV59C is a very good looking laptop -- it has an attractive maroon finish on its screen lid and palmrest with a subtle pattern of lines. The laptop stands out from other laptops featured in our Top 5 Mainstream Laptops list, giving the Dell Studio 14 Artist Edition a close run for its money . The Gateway NV59C’s screen lid coating also has a hint of polish and doesn’t attract fingerprints.

For occasional gamers or slightly older titles, the NV59C should work well at low or medium settings.


The Gateway NV59C laptop has very good build quality, it doesn’t buckle or dip at its hinges, screen or keyboard. The laptop weighs 2.6-kg with a standard six-cell battery -- slightly lighter for a 15-inch laptop compared to the Sony VAIO E or Acer Aspire 5740G laptop.

Usability
Like any mainstream laptop these days, the Gateway NV59C laptop has a 15.6-inch widescreen display that has a 16:9 aspect ratio and supports a screen resolution of 1366x768 pixels. The screen is glossy in nature, sufficiently bright and poses no problems while reading text or watching movies indoors. The webcam and microphone recessed on the Gateway NV59C screen’s top bezel is also good for video chatting over Skype.

The keyboard and touchpad on the Gateway NV59C are very good. The key design and layout on the Gateway NV59C laptop differs from previous Gateway ID58 and NV48 laptops -- it’s much similar to the Acer Aspire 5740G laptop with spaced-out, chiclet-styled keys that are nice to type on. The Gateway NV59C’s keyboard is a treat to type on and it also has a dedicated number pad. The laptop’s touchpad is smooth -- a little too smooth perhaps -- but responsive. The touchpad’s single-strip mouse button takes a while getting used to but works well. The touchpad’s gesture-enabled features also work well.

Hardware Specs

The Gateway NV59C laptop comes with an Intel Core i3-330M 2.13-GHz processor, 3GB RAM, a 320GB hard drive and ATI Radeon HD 5470 graphics -- in line with other laptops featured in our Top 5 Mainstream Laptops list. The Gateway NV59C has decent building blocks for a mainstream, home laptop.

Apart from a DVD writer, connectivity options on the Gateway NV59C laptop includes three USB ports, HDMI, ethernet, VGA-out port, and a card reader. The Gateway NV59C laptop supports Gigabit ethernet and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n wireless connectivity, along with Bluetooth. The laptop ships with 32-bit Windows 7 Home Premium operating system and a year’s warranty. Nothing missing on the Gateway NV59C, just standard mainstream laptop features.

Performance

The Gateway NV59C did well through our synthetic benchmarks -- A WorldBench 6 score of 88 is pretty good for a home mainstream laptop. We faced no problems while multitasking with day-to-day programs and apps like browsing the Web, listening to music, working on a word processor, etc.

Even watching both 720p and 1080p HD videos was a smooth experience on the Gateway laptop. The glossy screen is nice for watching movies but the Gateway NV59C’s onboard audio isn’t as good as the Dell Studio 14 Artist Edition -- headphones and external speakers work just fine, though.

With its dedicated ATI Radeon HD 5470 graphics, the Gateway NV59C does a much better job at gaming compared to standard Intel Core i3-330m based laptops running on integrated Intel GMA graphics. But, it isn't a gaming laptop and hence latest games like Far Cry 2 at “high” settings (1024x768, 2xAA) did stutter a bit. For occasional gamers or slightly older titles, the NV59C should work well at low or medium settings.

Battery Life
The Gateway NV59C laptop’s six-cell battery offers decent battery life. It lasted 1 hour 21 minutes in our synthetic test (at high performance mode and full-screen brightness) -- longer than the Asus K6IC, Dell Inspiron 14R and Acer Aspire 5740G, but not as good as the MSI CX420 laptop. Expect over 3 hours of browsing the Web over Wi-Fi on a single charge on the Gateway NV59C laptop -- which is pretty good for a 15-inch mainstream laptop.

Bottom Line

The Gateway NV59C sells for a price of Rs. 39,374. For that price you get a very good looking mainstream laptop with better-than-average performance and a nice keyboard. It isn’t as heavy and drab-looking as the Acer Aspire 5740G, while offering better battery life in comparison.

If you don’t want to pay as much as the Dell Studio 14 Artist Edition laptop, definitely buy the Gateway NV59C -- it’s a very good laptop for the price with a larger screen, with very good looks. But if looks don’t matter all that much for you, consider the Dell Inspiron 14R.

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