Gateway MD7818u Review

Gateway MD7818u Review

Want durability, high performance, low-energy consumption, and classy look in a laptop at an affordable price? Look no further than the all new Gateway MD7818u with some unique new features.
Configurations
Intel Core 2 Duo T6400  (2.0GHz/ 800MHz Front Side Bus/ 2MB L2 cache)
•  Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit
•  4GB DDR2-800 RAM (2x2GB)
•  15.6″ Ultrabright WXGA (1366×768) glossy finish
•  Intel 4500MHD Integrated Graphics
•  500GB 5400RPM Seagate 5400.6 Hard Drive
•  8x Multi-Format Dual Layer DVDRW and DVD-RAM with Labelflash
•  Intel Wireless Wi-Fi Link 5100 AGN (802.11a/g/n)
•  Built-in 1.3 megapixel webcam and microphone
•  Ports: 4 USB, Kensington Lock Slot, Modem, LAN, 2 Headphone/Mic, HDMI, VGA, SD Card Reader, ExpressCard/54
•  Power: 8 Cell Lithium  Ion 48.84Whr (2.2AHr) Battery, 19V 65W AC Adapter
•  Size: 1.3″-1.70″ (H) x 15.28″ (W) x 10.43″ (D)
•  Weight: 6lbs 12.4oz actual
•  Warranty: 1 Year standard

Build and Design

The built is built of superior quality with a very sturdy feel and minimal flex. Fit and finish is also commendable. The lack of quick launch program buttons on the left side of the keyboard, absence of leather palmrest, lack of backlit keyboard, a missing all-glass display, alloy unibody etc are some of its features. The configuration decides whether it will support a MXM dedicated graphics card or not.

The design is excellent, making it look like a designer notebook. The superior quality of the building materials used along with the classy design, the contrasting silver and chrome trim around metal surface makes it look even more attractive. The black shiny surface completely conceals the sensitive media buttons, when the lights are switched off.

Display

The 15.6” WXGA display contains a bright backlight for comfortable viewing in well-lit environments and excellent color saturation. The evenness of backlight is moderate. Excellent contrast at the best viewing point is somewhat marred, if  the screen is tilted forward or back. Viewing angles were decent, the horizontal viewing range is especially wide but the vertical viewing is limited. As the screen is tilted forward, the colors begin to look fade, and on leaning back they look darken and invert.

Keyboard and Touchpad

The keyboard is very easy to use for typing and occupies almost the whole of the 16” frame of the notebook. Individual key thickness is lesser than other notebooks for the unique flat shape of the key top, Key presses are rather smooth, needing just a slight touch to activate a key. There is very little audible feedback with only a soft click during each full press.

The large Synatpics touchpad is extremely responsive and easy to traverse with a lightly textured matte finish. Touch sensitivity is remarkably great, facilitating finger movement with no considerable lag. The surface for the touchpad area is larger than most notebooks. The buttons are wide and easy to type producing a mild soft click with minimal feedback.

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