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Like those systems, the ECu weighs just 3. The right side of the system contains two USB 2. Nevertheless, the Gateway ECu offers good bang for your buck in a sleek chassis. An understated beauty, the ECu features Gateway’s black NightSky finish on the lid, which draws the eye with its gloss–along with a fair number of fingerprints. You also get the Gateway Recovery Management utility for creating a default backup disk, and Gateway PowerSave Solution for switching between performance mode for multitasking and power save mode when you want longer battery life. These buttons are even smaller than those found on the Timeline T, which at least extend beyond the front lip of the system. On PCMark Vantage a benchmark that measures system performance , the ECu scored an even 2,, which was a shade below the 2, ultraportable average and about points less than the T’s 2, , but still more than double the 1, netbook average.

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Gateway ECu – Review of the Gateway ECu

A relatively large touchpad 2. Regardless, we didn’t have any problems streaming content from Hulu or Slacker. Like those systems, the ECu weighs just 3. Gateday buttons are even smaller than those found on the Timeline T, which at least extend beyond the front lip of the system.

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The former mark falls just below the category average This meager score was over points less than the ultraportable average and on a par with the T’s scorebut over points better than the netbook average. Nevertheless, the Gateway ECu offers good bang for your buck in a sleek chassis.

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This was almost 3 hours longer than the ultraportable average meaning you can work all day without needing to carry a back-up battery or AC adapterbut over a half hour shorter than the T’s excellent 8: From gaming rigs to business laptops, these are the leading systems in every category. The mouse buttons, however, are pretty awful; they’re small and stiff.

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It took the ECu’s battery 3 hours and 28 minutes to charge to 80 percent capacity, and 4 hours and 32 minutes to completely charge slower times than the 2: Click here to see how Gateway fared in our Tech Support Showdown. Lifting the lid reveals a matte black keyboard and base that complements the lid and thankfully doesn’t attract smudges. When chatting with friends using Meebo and the 0. An understated beauty, the ECu features Gateway’s black NightSky finish on the lid, which draws the eye with its gloss–along with a fair number of fingerprints.

Mousing over the upper-right portion of the desktop brings up a Video Web Camera shortcut bar that lets you launch the application without needing to go to the Start menu.

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A subtle dot pattern covers the palm rest area and the thin strips that flank the keyboard. You also get the Gateway Recovery Management utility for creating a default backup disk, and Gateway PowerSave Solution for switching between performance mode for multitasking and power save mode 311z you want longer battery life.

While a Bluetooth switch was present on our review unit, it did not possess Bluetooth compatibility. Gateway’s new ECu ultraportable has a decidedly netbook-like design, but differentiates itself from mini-notebooks by offering an Intel Pentium dual-core processor that offers a more robust Windows 7 computing experience than the relatively sluggish Atom CPU.

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Which affordably-priced notebook class features systems with Our current favorite weighs 2. If netbooks immediately come to mind, think again. In our time with the notebook, we saw snappy performance when video chatting with friends while we simultaneously worked on other documents, thanks to 3GB of RAM expandable to 4GB.

The keyboard on the ECu offered a mixed typing experience. The ECu sports a glossy The right side of the system contains two USB 2. The GB hard drive spinning at 5, rpm proved to be slightly faster than most.

We just wish the keyboard had a firmer feel. We saw bright colors and rich blacks when we streamed the high-definition version of Confessions of a Superhero from Hulu. Although we had no problem typing this review on the system we liked the keyboard’s wide girth and large right Shift keywe didn’t like the amount of flex beneath the island-style keys; the typing experience was soft compared to the Acer Timeline T, which has a similar layout.

These premium laptops are thin, light and long lasting. On PCMark Vantage a benchmark that measures system performancethe ECu scored an even 2, which was a shade below the 2, ultraportable average and about points less than the T’s 2,but still more than double the 1, netbook average.

It also booted the bit Windows 7 Home Premium operating system in 50 seconds, which is gsteway seconds faster than the second average, and 17 seconds faster than the T’s second mark.