"Although the elegant design of the notebooks conveys an exclusivity typically only available at a price premium, Gateway has designed these systems to meet the needs and budgets of a range of consumers," said Todd Titera, Gateway’s senior manager for consumer products, in a statement. "Anyone who wants to be envied will choose the notebooks for their first-class design and leading-edge performance and capabilities, while those on a more limited budget will be surprised that they can get such a stylish notebook with popular features."
Gateway will be offering several models within the M- and T-series, and expanding the list of options available over time. The T-series will boast a 14.1-inch widescreen display, while the M-series will pack a 15.4-inch widescreen LCD; both series will also feature an HDMI video interface so users can enjoy high-definition video content—and for folks to whom 1080p means everything, the M-series will offer a 1080p-capable 1920 by 1200 resolution display as an option. The notebooks also feature integrated multimedia controls giving users access to fast-forward, rewind, pause, and volume controls, along with a front-panel headphone output. The systems also sport a 1.3 megapixel Webcam, and either 802.11/a/b/g or 802.11 draft N Wi-Fi networking. Systems will be available with Intel’s Centrino Mobile technologies and Core 2 Duo processors, and will offer Bluetooth wireless connectivity and fingerprint readers as options. Over the next few months, Gateway plans to offer the M-series and T-series systems additional options, including ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2400 XT PCI Express graphics on the M-series and expanded optical drive options—including a slot-loading DVD burner and HD-DVD and Blu-ray capability.
The M-series and T-series notebooks will all sport the company’s RidgeView cover design over either Crimson Red, Pacific Blue, or Slate grey, with aluminum trim around the keyboard. Visually, both series are a departure from the rather ordinary look of previous Gateway models; for the media-centric user Gateway is trying to attract with these models, that’s probably a step in the right direction.
Intitial models in the M-series and T-series—the M-6816 and T-6815—will be available July 22 through leading retail outlets at prices started at $899.99; additional systems in both series will follow. Gateway also plans to offer units through its own direct sales channels, starting with the M-150X and T-140X with prices starting at $999.99, with full customization options.
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