Gateway - T5450 Laptop - Garnet Red
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The next-generation Intel® Core™2 Duo processor is based on the innovative Intel® Core™ microarchitecture, so it runs faster and is more energy-efficient for cooler, quieter operation
15.4" WXGA TFT-LCD widescreen display with Ultrabright technology and 1280 x 800 resolution
250GB Serial ATA hard drive (5400 rpm)
Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator X3100 with up to 384MB dynamic video memory as allocated by Windows Vista; high-definition audio (2-speaker configurable)
Metal Razr-style multimedia control panel provides easy access to and control of your media and applications at the touch of a button
Built-in 1.3-megapixel Web cam makes it easy to chat with and send video mail to family and friends
5-in-1 media reader supports Secure Digital, MultiMediaCard, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO and xD-Picture Card
3 high-speed USB 2.0 ports for fast digital video, audio and data transfer
Built-in high-speed Marvell wireless LAN (802.11a/b/g/n); 10/100 Mbps Ethernet LAN (with RJ-45 connector); V.92 high-speed modem
Weighs only 6.3 lbs. and measures just 1.5" thin for portable power
Lithium-ion battery and AC adapter; 3 hours of battery life
Premium design with aircraft-grade aluminum case and high-impact garnet red composite finish
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium Edition operating system preinstalled; software package included with Microsoft Works 9.0, Microsoft Money Essentials, CyberLink Power2Go and more
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- Processor BrandIntel®
- Type of Memory (RAM)PC2-5300 DDR2
- Direct-Disc LabelingYes
- Digital Media Reader or SlotsYes, digital media card reader
- Personal Video Recorder (PVR)No
- Built-in WebcamYes
- Wireless NetworkingBuilt-in high-speed Marvell draft-N wireless network connection (802.11a/b/g/n)
- AudioHigh-definition (2-speaker configurable)
- Laptop WeightStandard (more than 5.5 lbs.)
- Pointing DeviceSynaptics touchpad with vertical scroll
- Included SoftwareMicrosoft Works 9.0, Money Essentials; Adobe Reader 8; CyberLink Power2Go; Gateway BigFix and more
Rating 4.1 out of 5 stars with 102 reviews(102 Reviews)
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
A solid machine and good performerPosted .
I've had this machine for close to two weeks. I am a software developer who usually uses about half a dozen machines at the same time and this was going to be my on-the-road machine. In the more than 25 years I've been using computers I found that they become obsolete not so much because the processor speed is no longer adequate, but because either the maximum RAM or hard disk size becomes insufficient for new software and operating system versions. That's why the 3 GB RAM of this machine sealed the deal for me. Also, the 250 GB drive is big enough to host both Vista and Ubuntu (dual boot). If I ever run out of disk space I'm sure I'll able to upgrade it by then. It looks well built, with its aluminium case inspiring confidence (I have also had good experiences with my Gateway desktop, which is my main workhorse machine - never given me any trouble). The builtin web cam and microphone of this notebook, as well as wireless and wired internet connections make this a great machine for using Skype with. The machine seems to use power efficiently. It never runs very warm and usually the fan is not running, which means less noise coming out and less dust getting sucked in. I can't say much about battery life yet, as I usually work plugged into a wall socket. My only regrets were (and this would have been the same for several other machines I was considering) that Gateway does not offer either Windows XP or Ubuntu (Linux) as an option. I dislike Vista, which has little to offer over XP while using a lot more resources and having a number of compatibility problems. I do prefer the previous Windows versions. As I am gradually migrating away from Microsoft products and over to Linux, I installed Ubuntu on this machine. The installation went very smoothly and Ubuntu has worked well for me, except for some hardware for which there was no matching driver yet (I have had similar problems installing non-OEM versions of Vista and XP on other machines, so driver support is not a Ubuntu-specific issue). Specifically, I currently can't use the Marvell wireless LAN (have to run wired) or Sigma Tel sound chip unless I boot into Vista. The latter means: no Skype calls on Linux yet, until I find a driver. I do wish Gateway offered machines preconfigured with Ubuntu to give customers more choice, as some competitors already do.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Almost perfect...Posted .
I wish I could give this a 5 star review, but with the wireless card having the obvious problems that it does, I just can't. I would like to elaborate on digidoc's previous troubleshooting on the problem to include 1 more step (my step #1), which is very important in the event that your wireless card simply doesn't want to work at all to begin with, as opposed to sporadically working. Anyhow, here goes: 1) Immediately (do not pass go!) go to the device manager and click to the properties of the Marvell Top Dog WLAN card... hit uninstall... it will then uninstall and reinstall itself, thus actually activating/powering up the card. 2) Once again open up the properties for the Marvell Top Dog WLAN card, click the power management tab, UNCHECK the checkbox for "Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power". 3) Finally, restart your computer, enter BIOS and in the setup screen, look for a setting called "Internal WLAN power state". At the default setting, it's set to "resume" I believe. Change that setting to "ON." Once I took care of these 3 steps (again THANKS DIGIDOC!) I all of a sudden had a computer with amazing wireless reception that never dropped a thing, as opposed to the POP that wouldn't receive a signal from the N-wireless router sitting 2 feet away from it 10 minutes previous. And, once this stuff is done, you've got an amazing laptop for the price that should last for years with the speed of the processor and the onboard RAM. I hope this helps someone out there... take heart, it can all be fixed quite easily, and surely Marvell/Gateway/Microsoft will release a new driver for it eventually. Good luck!I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Excellent Laptop with few flawsPosted .
This laptop is a steal at $750. Compared to laptops $400 dollars more expensive than this one, it is still blowing them out of the water. I've owned several different laptops from several different companies, and this is the best one I've seen, and it's extremely light, not to mention the red looks amazing. The keyboard is excellent, and the mouse pad doesn't use the cheap smooth plastic, it's slightly bezzeled to allow your finger to smoothily move easily, and it picks of the faintest of movements, which I find very nice. Also the built in webcam is wonderful. I've purchased a few different webcams before with minimal happiness, and this one is just awesome, plus with a built in mic this laptop feels like it's from apple (minus iPhoto ;_;). The two major problems with this laptop are that it has windows vista installed on it (huge power hog), and the integrated graphics chip. If you're looking to do some serious gaming, and want extreme performance, look elsewhere. But if you're looking for a fast laptop that can handle several different applications (such as Photoshop, Dreamweaver, and 3dsMax) at once for college, or even professional, this is a good buy. Definitely worth buying at this price!I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Great Laptop, minor kinksPosted .
I've had this laptop for a little over a week now. So far it's been a GREAT laptop; it makes my old Compaq Evo look like a 386 in comparison. I bought this laptop to use in a photographic studio, and to give an example of the speed increase over my old laptop: on my old CPQ EVO n610c (WinXP Pro SP2, 2.4Ghz P4m, 1GB RAM, 60GB HD), to convert 200 12.8MP RAW files in Adobe Lightroom used to take roughly 1.5 hours. On my new Gateway M-6750, it takes about 20 minutes to convert the same photos. Not bad for a laptop that retails for around $800! So far I haven't had the issue with the laptop making a whine on battery power. If you're experiencing that though, either return the laptop for a replacement or contact Gateway for a repair. What's causing that is the DC to DC voltage controller inside the laptop, and it can only be fixed directly by Gateway. I have experience the issue with the built-in WLAN not working correctly though. What's causing it is a combination of a flaky driver in Vista, as well as a possible BIOS bug. What's happening is that the Vista driver is not properly re-initializing the WLAN card on either a reboot, running on battery, or when the laptop is coming out of deep sleep mode (the default power down state in Vista). To work around it, do the following: 1) In device manager, in the properties page for the Marvell TOPDOG WLAN card, under the power management tab, UNCHECK the checkbox for "Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power". 2) In the BIOS setup screen, look for a setting called "Internal WLAN power state". At the default setting, it's set to "resume" I believe. Change that setting to "ON". Once you do this, you'll notice that the wireless connection will be A LOT more reliable. What's happening is that the driver setting in #1 is causing the card to reset while it's on battery power. This is a bug with the WLAN's driver. When you reboot or wake the laptop out of a deep sleep state, the BIOS isn't properly turning on the WLAN card *and* the wireless antenna. That's the reason for #2, and I'm 99% positive it's a bug in the BIOS. This workaround will help you get the WLAN card working until Gateway releases a new driver for the NIC and an updated BIOS for the systemboard. Other than this minor issue, THIS LAPTOP ROCKS! For the sake of full disclosure, besides a photographer, I'm also a computer service tech with 20 years experience. ;)I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Love it, love it, love itPosted .
I shopped for several months before finally taking the plunge and buying a laptop. I had never seen before, and haven't seen since, one that has such amazing specs for a price this low (I got it on sale). I waited three weeks to write this review so I could have time to play with it and find all the bugs. I have two problems with the computer: First is the speaker noise. They emit a high-pitched squeal often, especially when using battery power. It is the equivalent of a gnat flying around your head that won't go away. I have figured out that it is worse when first using it, and after about a half an hour the sound goes away most of the time. I contacted Gateway and they told me to send it in to have it repaired. I haven't done that yet, so I'll update this after I do. The second is issues with the Internet. At times my connection will be ridiculously slow (2 or 3 kb/s). I contacted Gateway and they told me it was probably a problem with my router, but we haven't had this issue with any of our other computers. They then said it may be a problem with Vista. I haven't investigated that yet, since the connection is usually pretty fast. Other than that I LOVE this computer. I love the media controls at the top of the keyboard, love the light colored keys, love the red color, love the ram and hard drive, love the processor, and even tolerate Vista. I've scanned the sales over the past 3 weeks and haven't found anything that comes close to this. I'd buy this computer again, even with the two bugs I've found. I'm extremely happy with it and had no buyer's remorse at all (which is unusual for me). I originally bought a Toshiba Satellite (from another store) and took it back because of the problems I was having with it, and I am SO GLAD I did that because otherwise I wouldn't have gotten this one.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
lot of laptop for little moneyPosted .
I was drawn to this laptop because of color and price, once i saw specs, I had to have it. Right after I charged it up I tried to get online...nothing...then after sitting there with it, it got online on its own. Then it was great until next reboot...same thing took forever to connect. Found online help which recommended setting some setting to "auto" and that immediately helped as it now connected instantly at startup. Then the disconnecting began. usually would happen about an hour into being connected. I was told by Gateway to return it to them to replace card, but I just told them I would exchange it since I need my laptop. Was about to return it until I read the reviews here which had another way to fix this. I uninstalled the driver then reinstalled it and followed what they recommended. Now it also connects without doing that "auto" setting I was talking about so I will see how this goes. Otherwise this laptop is awesome. The wireless was a problem but the laptop itself is great and as long as this easy fix works then its perfect. Not going to find another laptop like this for the price. I got it when it was 749.99 If youre going to register and the laptop isnt listed, just do it with "chat" just chat with a customer service person and tell them you want to register, you will need serial number but they will know the exact model you have. The phone customer service sucked because I would call one number and it would connect me to another then back to the same I called the first time, but the chat was quick and very helpful, plus it wasnt automated so I can ask exactly what I wanted. would give it a 5 if I didnt got through all the problems with the card even though the laptop is not to blame..more so Vista and cardI would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Nice piece but a bit frustratingPosted .
Purchased this laptop on 1-26-08 along with a new printer and I too missed the sale. Spent one very frustrating week trying to get the printer (HP C4280 see my review for that item later) installed and finally took the printer and laptop back to the store. After some "persuasion" on my part the guys on the Geek Squad agreed to install it for me at no charge. Kudos to the crew at the Best Buy on Capitol Blvd. in Raleigh NC for thier help (hope I wasn't too rude). Vista is the best........ Vista is the worst.... No doubt my printer issues were Vista related and I'm struggling with some of the features but man is it pretty. Windows Media Center is great. I watched the DVD of Dave Matthews Live at the Gorge last night and loved it. Sound quality through the quarter size speakers is lacking (read terrible) but I plugged in earbuds and all was well. I anticipate more compatibility issues with some other peripherals I currently own, camera, PDA, MP3 etc but I'll just work through them one at a time. Have not been on battery at all yet so I can't confirm or deny the noise and battery life issues others have mentioned. I'll post later regarding those. I also do not have a wireless connection so... we'll see what happens . Overall this is a nice little laptop and I'm satisfied with my purchase..... so far.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Great PC for moneyPosted .
I have had my RED GW6750 for 2 weeks. Works great no wireless problems just used my network and router software and installed like a dream. No high pitch sound from speakers, they are just not good speakers, I also have a HP Laptop with great speakers and an iPod so that does not bother me. The only big issue I have had (I spent one complete day trying to to work it out) is a vista issue. My new WD passport would not work on the gateway pc after I used it to load data off my HP XP PC nor would my other new WD passport I use for back up on the XP HP. The Vista Gateway would tell me the driver could not be found. After reserching the problem with WD and MicoSoft I found out htis is a common problem with Vista. Although I followed all the instructions from both parties I was un able to get either WD passport to work on the Vista Gateway but the worked fine on the XP HP. Best Buy said it must be a bad WD Passport and I need to exchange it for another one. I am hoping that will fix my problem and hopfuly Vista upgrades will help also. But for $750 with 3G memory and a 250G and the beautiful red color this was a very good buy.I would recommend this to a friend