Battery Life Gateway lists the battery for the MDu has being 48Wh, far under what we found the included battery to be in our review units. Offering a very similar configuration minus the dedicated graphics card the MDu handed day to day activities with ease and when it was time to sit back and relax it performed flawlessly in decoding HD movies and streaming video. Build quality seems solid though the bottom of the case was not perfectly level, causing the front right corner to drop a fraction when pressure was put on it, which in turn, caused the display to shake for a moment. The design is stunning for a low-cost notebook, with clean lines and a very elegant layout. Speakers and Audio Speaker performance was average with bass and midrange lacking due to the small speaker driver size. Contrast is excellent at the optimum viewing sweet spot, but does get washed out slightly if you tilt the screen forward or back.
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This notebook offers two headphone jacks that gatewa you to share a movie or some music with another person. It would be nice to see the display be able to get a bit brighter as well, especially considering that the MDu has media ambitions. Does this new notebook still impress us as much as the MCu? The body is built extremely well with a very durable feel and little flex. Backlight evenness is average with only a hint of bleed through the bottom edge of the panel.
Most displays can be tilted back to the point of almost making the screen flat with the keyboard, but the way the hinge is designed on the MC and MD series notebooks you are limited to about 20 degrees of backward movement.
As far as the interior components go Gateway is delivering a pretty solid machine for the money. The newer system also offers a larger hard drive for increased media and program storage, gaetway also happens to be quite a bit faster than the previous rpm Hitachi drive.
Gateway MDu – External Reviews
As you tilt the screen forward the screen starts to look washed out, and leaning it back colors darken and invert. Internally they share the same chassis and alloy unibody and depending on the configuration it may or may not have a MXM dedicated graphics card. Optical drive, two USB. Build quality seems solid though the bottom of the case was not perfectly level, causing the front right corner to drop a fraction when pressure was put on it, which in turn, caused the display to shake for a moment.
If the system was equipped with a battery rated at 48Wh the estimated time would have been closer to 2 hours and 30 minutes. HD video p, both downloaded and online played back very nicely and the front-facing speakers add to the media playback experience. The faster Seagate By Sal Cangeloso Heat and Noise Gateway overbuilt the cooling system on the MD series notebook, since it is designed to handle high performance components including dedicated graphics.
This is helped out by the use of integrated graphics, but testing revealed the MDu to have a battery life of about five hours, excellent for a notebook this size and price. Along the right side of the keyboard is a touch-sensitive panel with sound and media controls.
Gateway MDu Review
It has all the features that people buying at a big box retailer will be looking for, plus throws in the added perks of a The design is stunning for a low-cost notebook, with clean lines and a very elegant layout. The higher quality of the materials used combined with the modern design helps give this notebook a look that is usually only shared with models costing two or three times more.
The buttons are wide and easy to hit with the side of your thumb while they give a mild soft click with shallow feedback.
HDTune storage drive performance results: Fan noise was minimal even 77818u what could be considered its highest speed, needing an ear up against the fan grill to hear it spinning. The black glossy surface works well with the touch sensitive media buttons, completely hiding them with the lights turned off.
The only visible queues that someone familiar with both models would notice is the lack of quick launch program buttons on the left side of the keyboard, no leather palmrest, lack of backlit keyboard, and missing all-glass display. Hidden touch-sensitive multimedia keys and an option to completely disable all indicator lights are some of the features that really make this notebook stand out. The very cool external temperatures listed below are shown in degrees Fahrenheit.
I like the contrasting silver and chrome trim around gatewayy or brushed metal surface. The MD series is an affordable, versatile If you hate blinking or shining LEDs nothing beats a feature like this.
The design is excellent, looking more like 788u designer notebook than previous Gateway models. Speakers and Audio Speaker performance was average with bass and midrange lacking due to the small speaker driver size. The versatility of the laptop is extended by a nice selection of external ports. The system does not have external SATA. Contrast is excellent at the optimum viewing sweet spot, but does get washed out slightly if you tilt the screen forward or back.