Wow, Gateway is back at again. It's been awhile since I've seen a brand new, original product from Gateway. The laptop is very slim and feels sturdy but not heavy. Great for travel or work since it's easy to tote around. The setup is pretty interesting. Voice activated by Cortana. Setup was easy and pretty quick to do - basics like signing in and linking your Microsoft accounts. The fingerprint scan is pretty cool. Took me awhile to see where the little sensor was on the touchpad but it was easy to set it up to recognize fingerprint. And it does work to unlock the laptop more easily having to type in my password everytime. The fingerprint sensor is not glitchy or slow; it works pretty fast. The laptop is running Windows 10 and it's pretty fast. I didn't notice any lag or anything. I was able to set up all my usual programs and download anything else I needed. This version is best for business and school related use - not for gaming. It's very basic and user friendly. The sound seems average to me. I didn't notice anything special but I think it's about the average sound quality for a laptop, which is fine for me. The webcam is also good. I was able to do several virtual meetings with no problems. Plenty of space for causal computing. A good basic laptop that would probably be a good school or work device; especially since a lot of people are working remotely right now.
Gateway 14.1" FHD Ultra Slim Notebook, Intel Core i5-1035G1, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD, Tuned by THX™ Audio, Fingerprint Scanner, Webcam, HDMI, Cortana, Windows 10 Home
About This Item
- Windows 10 Home
- 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-1035G1 Processor (1.0GHz, Up to 3.6GHz, 6M Cache)
- 14.1” LCD IPS Display, (1920 x 1080)
- Tuned by THX™ Audio
- 256 GB Solid State Drive
- 16 GB Onboard RAM
- Built-in Fingerprint Scanner (Windows Hello)
- 1MP Front-Facing Camera
- Up to 10 hours of battery life
- Micro SD Slot (Up to 512 GB) x 1
- HDMI Output x 1
- USB Type-C (Data transfer only) x 1
- USB 3.0 x 2
- Kensington Lock x 1
- Built-in Stereo Speakers x 2
- Bluetooth 5.1
- Built-in Microphone
- Product Dimensions: 13.1” x 8.9” x 0.8”
- Weight: 3.5 lbs.
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Gateway 14.1 Ultra slim Notebook
The Gateway Ultra Slim notebook is the perfect size for college students or work life commutes. I like that it's easy to take and carry in my bag anywhere I go.
The screen is a reasonable size for my needs. It comes with windows Home 10 . I think that it has an excellent amount of storage space. Depending on what your doing on it , you can get up to ten hours of battery usage. Which I'm on a lot! I don't have to charge as much as I did to my prior notebook. You can see how pretty and detailed the screen is in colors. I like that it loads up quickly. If your wondering, for that extra security, it has the ability to do your fingerprint scan. That solves others from prying into your personal info. You also have the option to do a pin instead. It's WiFi compatible, so I'm able to bounce off others for Internet use in majority of places I go. The one I have is “rose gold“, which looks like just pink to me. It's pretty either way, I love the color pink. It's a nice soft color. Has a built in camera and mic. The keyboards letters and numbers have a backlight so you can see when your typing in the dark. This notebook is so simple to set up, especially with Cortana;)
User friendly and lightweight!
This is an extremely nice laptop. It's super lightweight you can take it anywhere. I absolutely love the clear quality definition. It's absolutely user-friendly and literally walks and talks you through the setup process. The fingerprint scanner is a really clever way to keep your device safe. The sound quality is very clear. My son has to do online school this year so this is a great tool to help him along. This offers 16GB of RAM so plenty of room for work. All in all this is a fantastic laptop. Highly recommend!
A Powerful little Laptop
I'm not going to delve into specs and the like. To the contrary, I'm going to describe my testing experience with this Gateway laptop.
It was packed well for shipping. Came out of the box without a scratch. Kudos to Gateway. Fired it up and it had about a half full charge, so I plugged it in, and achieved a full charge within a half hour. Positive point- Quick to recharge. Turned it on, did all the necessary preliminary stuff, and noticed there weren't a lot of added apps. Positive point- Not bogged down with unwanted apps. It did come preloaded with Microsoft Office, and it incorporated my already existing account, automatically. Positive point- User friendly. Set up network easily, and checked out Edge, downloaded Chrome, and Firefox browsers flawlessly, and played a Pogo internet game. Positive point- again user friendly.
Tested the CPU. Opened Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, opened all 3 browsers, checked Internet speed, all at once. Positive point- This is a powerful little laptop that can take plenty of demand without skipping a beat.
There's nothing bad I can say about this other than the colors are just a bit flat, but not enough to hinder me from buying it.
Bottom line. A great laptop, and coming from me, not being a fan of laptops, that's saying a lot.
Very Fine SSD Notebook
This Win10 SSD Notebook has some nices features: keyboard with a good size and great feel, high resolution screen, good battery life, better than average sound, and very fast performance thanks to it's i5 4 core 8 thread cpu and solid state storage. The unit feels solid and I think it's one I could actually take to a Court hearing with me and it would be useful.
The keyboard lacks a dedicated Sleep key combination, which is a minor annoyance. But the Power button works in such a way that the Sleep function can be assigned to it using Windows Power Options, without losing the Power Off function. The F-key row is also dedicated to media functions, like volume, brightness, pause/play/forward/backward, with the actual F-keys being an Fn combination.
Win10 is the Home version. A personal machine like this might make that reasonable, but I still cry out for Pro.
While I find battery life claims are often suspect in general, this unit gives me a good 5 hours of average use before needing a charge. The only time I ever heard its cooling fan come on is during a recharge, and it was for brief intervals.
The body is notched slightly in front to make it easier to open the lid, but the unit is light enough that I still found it a little awkward. The battery does not appear accessable (as it is in every other notebook and laptop I have ever used). It's difficult to be sure since the only instructions included is a 3x5 size card, single sided, that literally uses half of that to show how to plug it in and turn it on. The other half shows the external ports, features, and indicators. Navigating to the support website reveals that this Gateway model is actually a separate "licensee" of the Gateway brand (now owned by Acer). Support featued is very thin, at best, at this time. No manuals to DL.
There are LEDs for power, caps lock, and num lock. No HD activity. Ports are USB 3.0 x2, USB 3.0 Type-C, HDMI, Audio out, and microSD (512G max). No network RJ. I used the microSD slot with a 256G flash card, and it worked like another HD.
The unit's touchpad includes a finger print scanner, which once configured, makes logging in almost effortless. The "Tuned by THX" audio has a good sound, but I don't hear much difference compared to my other devices.
This notebook has a very good all-around feel. Its size, solid feel, nice keyboard, high-res screen, very good battery life, and fast operation make it a winner. It's easy to get used to an SSD's speed, compared to a standard HD; you notice when you go back to another computer. Even my i7 2T HD desktop had me finger tapping where I wasn't with this notebook's i5 and 256G SSD. Nice sound together with the dedicated media keys make this notebook a good choice to view and play media.
I was a bit skeptical at first since we haven't heard from Gateway in a long while (are they trying to make a comeback?), but upon first inspection, I was pleased. The laptop, while slim, was rather heavy and felt solidly built. It boasts THX sound, but I don't hear much difference from my work laptop (not Gateway).
The specs of this laptop intrigued me as well. It's not high-end by any means, but I'm not a gamer so for online browsing and simple tools/utility uses, this laptop will be more than sufficient. The one thing I REALLY LIKE about this laptop is the SSD hard drive. In my opinion, these hard drives just run smoother, cooler and less likely to fail. The Pentium i5 processor was a surprise in a laptop a this price point as well.
I'm still testing the battery (fully charged, to dead) and I'm fairly impressed, again, for this price point. My work laptop last lots longer, but cost about 4x this one, but the Gateway battery gives me about 4-5 hours doing nominal work.
Finally, if you compare cost to the internal guts/specs of this laptop, it's a good buy!
Great for the price
I have had this about a week. I ordered the black one but they gave me a blue one. I have to say the blue is pretty so I'll probably keep it. The screen is bright and clear although I have only used it indoors. The keyboard is nice and not cheap feeling. You can pres on any edge or corner of the key and there are no problems with response. the keys are nicely spread apart and take up almost the full width of the laptop. The computer boots up quickly and works well for video and web browsing simultaneously without any issues The fingerprint sensor works instantly and I enjoy not having to key in a password. It has enough ports for my purposes. There is a thicker bezel than what most current laptops have but it doesn't affect usability. there is also an easily accessible m.2 slot to add an additional ssd. There is a small rectangular plate on the bottom with 2 screws where the additional m.2 slot can be installed without having to remove the entire bottom plate of the laptop. I went ahead and completely removed the bottom cover and the main ssd is also a m.2 pcIe ssd so I would think that it could be upgraded along with adding a second ssd. I have never owned a laptop only ever bought them for my son so the most recent one I got for him was a acer swift 3. this compares nicely to that one except build quality. This is plastic and his acer is aluminum which was very nice. The fan is a little loud but it doesn't come on alot or stay on. I think this is great at this price. obviously can't speak on longevity but I guess we'll see.
Truly a great buy!
I have only purchased HP computers in the past, so this is a great opportunity for me to compare. I am very impressed with the display screen. It is so clear even next to the window that receives the direct sunlight. It is fast to your request. The features are great, having a fingerprint lock for example. It is very light weight as a book. The camera is missing some color though. Overall, I would highly recommend this notebook to everyone who likes fast processors like me, the battery is very long lasting too. It has been on for a week now without charging. This Gateway notebook is truly faster than my 6 month old HP.
Small computer small keyboard
The computer is small and better suited for a child or someone with small hands/fingers. Otherwise it's a great, fast computer that would be super portable. Gateway got took over by Acer at one point and I saw that on some of the software I installed. I was disappointed i the set up card that came with it which was the only instruction paperwork. There was no mention of the fingerprint feature but i found it on the left top of the pad. Also the mouse taps were reversed when i first turned it on and I had to fix that.
My experience with this PC was so frustrating that I couldn't explore all the features to review! This review will be more experience, rather than hardware based. I'll cover some hardware feedback at the end.
Out of the box, I powered up the PC which took me through the new PC setup process.
The screen to provide the user birthdate was my first frustrating experience. A birthday is 8 digits, easily keyed in, but here I had to individually scroll for the day, month and year. Once I had the three selected, I couldn't get the PC to accept the data. I had to reload the screen several times before it finally recorded the data.
I had to create a Microsoft account and password. In the middle of entering the password, the PC shutdown. May have been for a low battery but still unexpected. When I powered it back up, I got a white system screen. I exited that and was brought back to the password screen again.
The startup process included choosing a few user settings, informing me that the settings could be changed later if desired. This was one of my issues. I went with a default “inspirational” setting which, after startup, turned out was an annoying white noise sound. I could not find the PC setting to remove it.
After going in circles trying to find the setting, I powered off the PC to take a break from it.
Upon powering up, I was presented with the login screen, requiring my Microsoft account password. Now I encountered the next issue - the keyboard was inactive! I couldn't key in my password. Rebooting did not help. As a matter of fact, every time I powered up the laptop, I had the same issue. I discovered that the Forgot Password link worked so I could get past the login screen but it required changing my password, which I did not want to do.
Somehow I was able to get to the PC homepage. I wanted to restore the PC to factory level to hopefully clear up the issues I was experiencing but each time I tried a reset it would get to a certain point and state it was unable to complete. I tried to install the latest window updates and I would get a message that the updates couldn't be completed, undoing all changes.
So despite trying all remediation options that I could think of, nothing worked. My non-functioning keyboard on the login screen was consistent every time I powered up.
In frustration, I completed my review. There is no way, this PC is useable with these issues.
As promised, here are my hardware comments:
The pink color and finish of the PC is excellent.
The monitor is nice and sharp and has nice contrasts.
The internet page loading time was very fast.
The keyboard is large and easy to use.
I didn't care too much for the touchpad, especially the 2 finger functionality. It reacted too many times as if I had only touched with one finger.
Full disclosure - I am a MAC user exclusively for the last 2 years but I was in the tech field using work PCs for decades so I'm not new to PCs. I am new to Windows 10 though. After this experience, I doubt a PC is in my near future, if at all.
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