Gateway NV series notebooks pick up AMD CPUs

Computer maker Gateway has announced new additions to its NV-series notebook computers, adding new models with AMD processors and price tags designed to appeal to mainstream and business users, as well as students and folks looking for decent performance without breaking their bank accounts.

Gateway NV51B05u notebook (March 2011)

“Mobile computing is something that everyone has embraced—and even those on a tight budget are now able to have a full-featured notebook for computing and staying in touch on-the-go,” said Gateway notebooks senior product marketing manager Eric Ackerson, in a statement.

The “flagship” model of the new NV51B series is the NV51B05u, which features an AMD E-series dual-core E-350 processor running at 1.6 GHz, 3 GB of RAM, a 500 GB hard drive, and ATI RAdon HD 6310 graphics (with 256 MB of video memory) driving a 1,366 by 768-pixel 15.6-inch display. Gateway says the unit will manage up to 4.7 hours of battery life, and the system also packs 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, an 8× DVD±RW DVD burner, a dedicated numeric keypad, a 1.3 megapixel webcam, gigabit Ethernet, three USB 2.0 ports, and both VGA and HDMI video output. Prices start at $469.99, and the systems should be available now from Gateway dealers.

Other additions to the NV line are the NV51B02u, also featuring an AMD E-350 processor, with a starting price of $449.99. Gateway is also offering the NV51B08u with an AMD C-series C-50 processor and “HD Internet Technology” for prices starting at $399.99.

All the new NV models feature 15.6-inch displays, integrated DVD burners, multi-gesture trackpads, media card readers, and a dedicated “social media” button that provides one-touch access to social networking services like YouTube, Facebook, and Flickr. The systems are also preloaded with Windows 7 Premium and a “suite of productivity applications,” including Microsoft Office Starter 2010, backup software, and a 60-day trial of Norton Internet Security.