Gateway NE57202H

Gateway NE57202H is a new budget laptop notebook which fully meets requirements of basic computing like web browsing, video chatting and typing documents. However, it is not a touch screen laptop. The laptop is powered by Intel Celeron 2955u processor which belongs to Intel’s 4th generation processor family. It is a dual core processor which operates with 1.4 GHz clock speed and has 2 MB of cache.  Gateway NE57202H comes with integrated HD graphics.  As the speed of the processor is low, users shouldn’t expect good performance for CPU intensive works like high end PC gaming, video editing and designing applications. Gateway NE57202H comes with 4GB memory, so basic multitasking won’t be an issue with this machine. The laptop is integrated with 500GB standard hard drive which is sufficient for regular computing. Currently it is listed with price of $330 at The Source. Only disadvantage of this laptop is that it doesn’t come with an optical drive. Here is brief review of specifications and performance of Gateway NE57202H:

Gateway NE57202H specification and performance

As stated above, Gateway NE57202H comprises of Intel Celeron 2955Uprocessor which is ultra-low voltage (ULV) processor which ensures that user will get long battery life. However, the manufacturer has replaced usual 6 cell battery with a 4 cell battery pack, to cut down the cost, in order to place it in budget segment.  Users can still expect up to 2- 4.5 hours of battery life. The processor is integrated with Intel HD graphics (for entry level Haswell ULV processor) which operates with 200MHz and the frequency can boost up to 1GHz. Though the graphics is DirectX 11 capable yet the laptop is not suitable for PC gaming. Some low ends games, however, can be played in low details and settings. It is worth noting that there is no dedicated graphics card available with this laptop.

Gateway NE57202H comes with 4GB DDR3 RAM which is enough for basic multitasking. 500GB hard drive will operate with 5400 rpm speed. The laptop runs on Windows 8 operating system. It doesn’t come with Solid storage drive. However, at this price you can’t get large SSD storage.

The 15.6” Active Matrix TFT Color LCD offers 1366 X 768 resolution, thus, it supports 720p playback but won’t support 1080p. However, the machine comprises of HDMI port and user can watch Full HD contents on compatible HDTV by connecting the laptop with HDTV or monitor, via HDMI port.

There are 2 USB 2.0 ports, one USB 3.0 port, HDMI output, VGA port and RJ 45 socket. One memory card reader slot is also available with this laptop which supports secure digital cards. There is an integrated webcam as well. The laptop supports both, Wireless and Wired, network connectivity. Wireless connectivity is supported by Bluetooth as well as 802.11 b/g/n

Pros of Gateway NE57202H

Inexpensive laptop with Bluetooth connectivity

Cons of Gateway

Not a touch  screen laptop

3 Responses to Gateway NE57202H

  1. abbi says:

    I have just bought this computer. I can’t open the disk drive. Can I not play DVD’s on this machine??? Please reply if you know. Thanks

  2. Michael says:

    You CAN buy an external DVD/CD drive but it still won’t play movies on DVD for you. Also, please be aware that DVD drives these days are made very, very poorly; an internal DVD drive in a desktop can be had for $20. That should tell you something about its durability.

    Also, I don’t know if there are different keyboard arrangements, but the one on mine has duplicate and weird symbols in green all over the place. I got somebody at The Source, where I bought it, to tell me how to “change the language preference to English” and typing became almost possible. The next problem I had was that even the slightest brush against the touchpad would delete whole paragraphs. When I found the key that turns off the touchpad, this improved things enormously.
    However, this is a very, very slow machine. The shift key on the left side is much smaller than the shift key on the right; and it’s in an unusual place, so typing is hard. Also, I bought this thing in late December of 2013 and as of last night, the hard drive began making scraping noises.

    I have been told that upgrading the HDD to a SSD will really improve the performance but generally I feel this is a device built by aliens. It is NOT user friendly. And the Celeron chip is a very poor chip to begin with. Had I known it was a Celeron, I would never have purchased it.

    Save your money, spend another hundred or so, and get anything but an Acer or Gateway produce – Gateway is Acer anyway. My last laptop was an Acer Aspire and it fried within a year.

    I am now using an HP ProBook with 200 GB SSD and it’s blazing fast. As of tomorrow I will be getting it back from Signa Computers in Toronto with a 1 GB SSD from Samsung installed, with all of the original data transferred over.

    Bottom line: don’t drop $350 on a Gateway with a Celeron chip and a Martian keyboard.

    I cannot believe the hard drive is making noise already. That is the first sign that the machine is dying.

    IMHO.

    – Michael

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