When is a Netbook not a Netbook? When it's a mini notebook. Image: Gateway.
Computer manufacturer Gateway has this week launched a pair of new compact mini notebooks into the Canadian market, both of which it claims provide mobile users with great performance and HD entertainment capabilities on-the-cheap.
First up is the LT22, which comes with a 10.1-inch LED backlit display (1024 x 600), a 320GB HDD, boasts a svelte profile of less than an inch, and weighs in at a mere 2.76 pounds. Then there’s the LT32, which offers an 11.6-inch HD LED backlit screen (1366 x 768), a 500GB HDD, is also less than an inch thick, and weighs 2.98 pounds.
In an effort to perhaps avoid being labelled as mere low-budget Netbooks, Gateway’s latest offerings push out their chests thanks to the inclusion of AMD Athlon Neo K125 chips (as opposed to the Intel Atom platforms usually found in the majority of Netbooks), DDR3 RAM, and ATI graphics courtesy of the Radeon HD 4225.
According to Gateway retail product marketing manager Chris Chiang, the LT22 and LT32 qualify as “ultra-mobile entertainment powerhouse netbooks,” and are able to deliver “heightened performance and HD entertainment” due to the combination of AMD’s processing muscle, ATI’s graphics know-how, and high-definition displays.
Other contributing features and functions spread across the systems include Wi-Fi connectivity (802.11b/g/n), Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI 1080p output, a multi-gesture touchpad, easy access to social networks, an integrated Webcam, two USB 2.0 ports, a multi-in-one card reader, and a built-in microphone.
The Gateway LT22 is available now for a starting price of $349.99 CAD (with Windows 7 Starter), while the slightly more oomph-tastic LT32 starts at $449.99 CAD (with Windows 7 Premium).