Computer maker Gateway has taken the lid off its new NV series of notebook computers, aiming to create a mainstream notebook that appeals both to media-focused consumers as well as students and professionals who need both pizazz and performance in an affordable notebook system. And—midnful that folks are trusting more and more data to their portable computers—the systems feature a dedicated one-touch MyBackup function to make sure documents, media, and files can reliably and consistently be backed up in case disaster strikes.
“The need to back-up data has never been greater, since consumers have a greater quantity of important digital content than ever before—such as photos and video,” said Ray Sawall, senior product marketing manager for Gateway. “With the Gateway NV notebook, customers have the MyBackup Button to conveniently protect their precious data to make sure it’s available to enjoy and share more readily with friends, family, and online via social networks like Facebook and MySpace.”
The MyBackup function copies a user’s documents, media, data, and important files to another location, such as a USB drive, external hard drive, or even another partition on the same disk (although that’s not the best idea from a data recovery standpoint: if a hard drive fails, it’ll often take the backup partition with it). The MyBackup function can be set to run on a schedule so users can have backups performed automatically; users can also trigger a backup at any time using the MyBackup button.
In terms of specs, the NV series sport a 15.6-inch 1,366 by 768-pixel LED-backlit LCD display, 4 GB of RAM, and a 320 GB hard drive, along with an integrated Web cam, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi wireless networking, a digital media card reader, a Super Multi dual-layer DVD burner, along with HDMI output, four USB 2.0 ports, gigabit Ethernet, and a VGA port. Two models are currently in the series: the NV5214u sports an AMD Athlon 64 X2 QL-64 dual core processor running at 2.1 GHz and ATI Radeon HD 3200 graphics; the NV5807u offers an Intel Core 2 Duo processor running at 2.1 GHz and Intel GMA 4500HD graphics. Both systems come with Windows Vista Home Premium pre-installed.
Pricing on the AMD-based NV5214u starts at $499.99 and will be available at Best Buy, while suggested pricing on the NV5807u starts at $599.99 and will be available through Micro Center. Both models will be available in cherry red, midnight blue, coffee brown, and nightsky black.