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Gateway NV5929u , i5-430m, 4GB DDR3 memory, Blu-ray disc drive, n-wifi, 6-cell battery, 15.6″ laptop computer, Windows 7 64-bit,

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31V3qc%2B8TkL. SL160  Gateway NV5929u , i5 430m, 4GB DDR3 memory, Blu ray disc drive, n wifi, 6 cell battery, 15.6 laptop computer, Windows 7 64 bit,
Price: $624.95

  • Intel® CoreTM i5-430M Processor1 2.26GHz with Turbo Boost Technology up to 2.53GHz (1066MHz FSB, 3MB L2 Cache)
  • 4096MB Dual-Channel DDR3 1066MHz sDRAM, 280GB SATA 5400 RPM Hard Drive
  • 280GB 5400RPM SATA hard drive, Blu-ray disc drive, HDMI out
  • 15.6″ HD Widescreen UltrabrightTM LED-backlit Display (1366 x 768 resolution, 16:9 aspect ratio)
  • Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator HD with 128MB of dedicated system memory supporting Microsoft® and Mobile Intel® HM55 Express Chipset

Product Description
Take advantage of this manufacturer label misprint deal! The enclosed computer is a Gateway NV5929u (retail price $749), but labels are incorrect on the package and computer sticker – giving you an extra bargain on the latest technology! All of the above product features, as well as b/g/n wi-fi, 10/100/1000 networking, Multi-in-1 Digital Media Card Reader (Memory StickTM, Memory StickTM Pro, Multi Media CardTM, Secure DigitalTM, xD-Picture CardTM), fax-modem port (R… More >>

Gateway NV5929u , i5-430m, 4GB DDR3 memory, Blu-ray disc drive, n-wifi, 6-cell battery, 15.6″ laptop computer, Windows 7 64-bit,

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5 Responses to “Gateway NV5929u , i5-430m, 4GB DDR3 memory, Blu-ray disc drive, n-wifi, 6-cell battery, 15.6″ laptop computer, Windows 7 64-bit,”

  1. M. Sapiga

    I just got Gateway NV59. How do i connect my IEEE 1394 HD Cam. for video capturing. The whole idea of HDMI laptop is to be able play, record, edit HD video how to put it on this lap top if there no IEEE 1394 and no PCI slot? Please need help i just got this laptop…

    Rating: 2 / 5

  2. Daniel Card

    No saying how it’s going to perform down the stretch but so far so good…. Nice and light… nice look. Great keyboard. Can’t ask for much more

    Rating: 5 / 5

  3. C. Quijada

    The item was in good condition. It came in a timely manner. It looks great and so far everything is good. My only concern is that i don’t know how to tell if it’s actually an i5 Processor. It says i3 everywhere and i guess we just need to trust the story that it was a mistaken i5 processor.

    Rating: 4 / 5

  4. Jason Kadlec

    I was one of the lucky ones. I got the mislabeled one , but I my mom bought one two and hers also had the i5. I think it’s a great computer for the price plus bluray , 4g ram. Hdmi output. This is the spec I’ve been waiting for. I would not have bought it at 749
    Rating: 5 / 5

  5. James Arouet

    Update 3-3-10: I’m updating several things throughout the review, most notably that there are only 2 RAM slots. I’m still very pleased with this laptop and think it’s a great buy.

    A note on the error:

    A lot of people picked up this laptop on sale at Best Buy for $500. It was an error on Gateway’s part; they put in i5 chips instead of i3 chips, but the box was labeled as i3 and the laptop has the Intel i3 inside sticker on it. The system bios says it has an i5 and benchmark tests prove it does indeed have an i5 with turboboost. It will get up to 2.5 (It’s actually slightly higher than 2.5 ghz, I believe 2.53 or 2.57 ghz. I can’t remember off the top of my head.) ghz when turboboost comes on. Hyperthreading means is has 2 physical cores and 2 virtual cores. This laptop does indeed have a $750 msrp value. Many people got them on sale because of a mistake. In any case, this is a solid laptop, although maybe not at the retail price of $750. I think for $750 there are definitely a lot of good laptops out there, but you need to buy with your goals in mind. If you want a gaming laptop, look for a really good video card. What you need varies by what you want to do with the computer.

    Pro:

    The laptop feels sturdy, the screen has little play in it and stays firmly in place to wherever you open it. It looks sleek, is really thin and pretty light at under 6lbs. A 15.6 inch screen is a nice balance between size and portability, in my opinion. 17 inches is great but they can weigh a pound or two more as the entire laptop is bigger as a result. 15.6 inches fits in my backback with no problem. Overall I really like the design and build quality of this laptop even if it is plastic. The only aluminum-cased laptops I’ve ever seen are the macbook pro ones from Apple, and those cost upwards of $1500. If you want a metal one, get a macbook.

    This thing is fast. The i5-430M is an excellent chip. You can google benchmarks on it. The i3 is 30-40% faster than a C2D, and the i5 is quite a bit faster than the i3 because of turbo boost technology. It also gives better battery life than the i3 because it has speed step and uses lower voltage. It’s odd that the faster chip gives you better battery life, but that’s just another perk.

    4GBDDR3 1066mhz (3.68gb usable it says) is excellent. DDR3 is the newest type of RAM and it’s still really expensive. The Gateway website says it recognizes 4gb RAM max. It only has 2 RAM slots. I don’t plan on adding any more RAM for at least a year because DDR3 is really expensive right now. You’d be better off waiting a year until the price comes down. Adding anything more than 4gb RAM is pretty much useless for most people. I haven’t been able to get this to use much more 2gb, let alone 4. DDR3 is so expensive right now that 8gb would cost you over $400. It’s definitely not worth it. You’d be better off getting a solid state drive if you want a performance boost.

    320gb 5400rpm hard drive is plenty of space. If you want a 500gb, they’re easy enough to buy online and put in yourself. There are guides online for how to do this; it’s very easy. A solid state drive would make this ridiculously fast. They’re very expensive right now because they’re bleeding edge technology, but in a year or two they’ll be way cheaper and absolutely worth the money for an upgrade.

    The screen looks good. It’s a glossy LED backlit LCD screen. The resolution isn’t super high, but this isn’t a $2000 laptop. It’s 1366 x 768. Most people will want to use the HDMI port to watch blu ray on their LCD/plasma tv, but if you’re like me you’re still waiting for the price on those to come down. With a 15.6 inch screen you can still enjoy blu ray movies even if they aren’t on a huge screen. I notice they have a lot of detail, but a small screen really doesn’t do blu-ray justice. That’s what HDTVs are for.

    It will play blu ray movies at 1080p. However, no one can distinguish between 720p and 1080p on a screen this size. That difference only matters on bigger screens and depends on how far away you’re sitting from the screen. This laptop has an HDMI out port so you can watch blu ray movies on your HDTV. You can’t burn blu ray movies, but the discs are so expensive that it’s not really something most people are going to want to do anyway. If you are wanting to burn blu ray movies, I imagine you’re going to want to be able to do HD encoding, and for that you really want an i7 quad core desktop setup anyway.

    There are tactile buttons up by the screen for mute, volume up, volume down, wireless on, etc. Very cool.

    The laptop feels cool to the touch. I had it running for 5 hours and it wasn’t even warm on my legs. Update 3-3-10: After using this for well over a month now it’s still stays very cool. CPU temp usually stays in the low 30s C, peaking around 41C when computer is under light use. This is very cool for a laptop. The hard drive also stays very cool.

    Windows 7 Home is pre-loaded. It’s better than Vista.

    The computer will not continue to charge if you plug it in and it’s already a really high charge, say 96-100%. This is a good thing! It means it won’t charge the battery when it’s not needed. So it will say “96% plugged in, not charging.” What ruined my old laptop battery was overcharging and heat. This will extend the battery life.

    Cons:

    The keyboard isn’t the best ever, but I tend to have low expectations for laptop keyboards. I never buy $2000 laptops, so for the price you can’t expect something incredible. I have no problem with this keyboard. It has the number pad on the right so you can work with numbers a lot easier. My old laptop didn’t have the 0-9 numbers on the right of they keyboard. This is a great feature in an otherwise lackluster keyboard. However, after using the laptop for a day, I feel that the keyboard is adequate and actually not as bad as I had originally thought. It just took some getting used to. Update 3-3-10: I actually prefer this keyboard now to both my old laptop and the logitech keyboard I use for my iMac. It simply took some getting used to.

    The touch pad is difficult to work with. I adjusted the settings to remove the two-finger gestures and what not, but it still doesn’t work as well as I’d like. I don’t mind because I almost ways carry a laptop mouse with me anyway, so for me it won’t be an issue. If you plan on not carrying a mouse, you might want to look elsewhere. Update: I don’t mind the track pad anymore. It is responsive and works just fine. It’s not nearly as bad as I had initially thought.

    Normally there are two buttons, one for left and one for right click. This has a plastic bar where you click on the left or right side. I don’t really like it, but for me it’s not a deal killer. It took a little getting used to. I think the advantage that it offers is that you won’t accidentally right click as much. Otherwise it’s an odd bit of engineering. Again this won’t matter if you carry a mouse.

    128mb of dedicated video memory is good, but not enough to play most modern computer games that need 256, 512 or higher. If you’re doing something that’s GPU intensive (photoshop, etc) this will be something to consider. If you need more video graphics, look elsewhere. Make sure to update the driver for this on the Intel website. Apparently I can’t put a valid link in my review despite it being the correct link to the Intel website. You’ll have to do a search for it yourself. You’ll want to select the operating system and click on drivers to find the new updates. As of 3-3-10 the current version is 2086. The previous update was 2082.

    6 cell battery isn’t the best. 9 or 12 cell would have been amazing, and it’s possible there are 9 or 12 cell batteries available for this. I have read that people get 4 hours on a full charge of the battery this has. I got over 3 and a half hours, but I didn’t time it exactly. With a 9 or 12 cell you’d get well over 5 or 6 hours, easily. If I find a 9 or 12 cell, I’ll probably get one somewhere down the line. For most people 3 hours+ would be plenty of time without a charge. You could sit through 2-3 college classes, perhaps more if you turn the power setting to “Power Saver.”Update: It gets a little over 4 hours on the lowest power setting. Make sure to go into advanced power plan options by clicking on the battery icon. You should change the “power saving” plan’s advanced options. You’ll want to set the CPU to use 0% max while unplugged. It’s still enough cpu power to watch streamed video and your battery will last a lot longer on a charge while unplugged. You can also set the cooling to passive so the fans won’t come on, this will give you a little extra battery life as well. Getting over 4 hours on a single charge with a laptop that performs as well as this one is fantastic.

    The webcam is only 0.3 megapixels, but this is fine for most people. I don’t notice much difference between this one and my 1.3mp Hercules Deluxe Glass webcam. Amazon and other places sell nice Logitech 2.0 megapixel ones, so consider buying one of these if you need a really nice webcam. I imagine they’re better than most (if not all) internal webcams.

    Overall:

    This is a great laptop for the price. It will anything a college student needs unless he or she does something graphics-intensive. If you can get it for $500-$600 it’s a fantastic price. At $750, I’d look elsewhere for one with more video memory and a better case/keyboard/track pad.

    Other thoughts:

    Gateway makes fine laptops, despite some people thinking the brand is bad. What most fail to realize is that Gateway, Dell, Acer, Apple, Asus or whatever other company don’t make most of the parts that go into the laptop. On this one the processor is made by Intel. The hard drive is made by Seagate. The motherboard is made by another company (I believe this one is an Asus). The RAM for this is from Samsung. Most of the hardware is made by another company. The differences are really in the way the laptop looks: the exterior, the keyboard, the track pad. These companies outsource and contract out pretty much all of the work. They don’t really build anything anymore. It’s all made in China. Yes, even the $2000 Macbook Pros are made in China. Brand does not matter as much as it used to.

    Honestly I don’t think the brand really matters as much as people think. I read a statistic from SquareTrade (they provide 3 year warranties) that 10% of laptop failures in the first 3 years of a laptop’s life that were reported to them were from drops/spills/accidents. Don’t eat/drink around your computer and try not to drop it. Other times they report hardware failure. The problem with stats like this is that they don’t account for people like me who don’t buy the SquareTrade warranty. Their stats don’t break down the hardware failures either: RAM failure can be fixed for under $100. Hard drives cost around $50 for a nice new one. Motherboard failure means your laptop is toast. Their stats also didn’t account for how Acer and Dell are two of the top producers of laptops, meaning there are more of them out there to fail.

    In the end if you take care of your laptop, don’t let it get dusty, don’t drop it and don’t spill anything on it, it should last three years, at which time you should think about upgrading again. A general rule for electronics is that if they work for the first month, they’re going to keep working as long as you take care of them. Make sure to get a can of compressed air and remove dust at least once a year. Dust kills computers.

    Download Media Player Classic Home Cinema and use that for watching movies rather than the PowerDVD8 software that comes on the laptop. You need PowerDVD for watching blu-ray, though, because you need a player that will decode the encoded blu-ray content. For anything not blu-ray, I use VLC (another free movie/music player that will play basically anything), Avira (free, excellent anti-virus), Spybot S&D, Ad-aware, and CC cleaner. Microsoft Security Essentials is also a pretty decent antivirus, although I prefer Avira. These are all very important applications to have. Stop using Internet Explorer and get Firefox. If you’re careful, you won’t have to deal with getting a virus. Don’t forget to update the video card driver from the Intel website. I hope this has been helpful.

    3-3-10 Some more updates: Again, I’ve updated quite a few things throughout my review. I’m glad people have found it useful. I still really enjoy using this laptop. I’ve had a few problems though. One problem is that when trying to watch video content there is a problem where it won’t scale correctly, and as such it creates jittering or jagged images. If you uncheck “scale” from whatever media player you use, it will not produce any jittering. This is a software limitation and it should be fixed at some point. It does not affect any DVDs I watch via the DVD ROM. I use PowerDVD for those, and it properly scales the videos without any jittering problems. Edit 3-6-10: I think the intel driver update fixed this problem. I don’t notice any sort of stuttering in videos anymore, online or played from the desktop.

    There is a high pitched noise that comes from the left speaker and is also noticeable in your headphones when they are plugged into the headphone jack. It’s not noticeable coming from the laptop speaker if there’s any ambient noise, but you will hear it in your headphones. If you google the Mosquito ring tones, it sounds something like 17 or 18khz, but not exactly. It is certainly annoying if you’re sitting in silence, which is the case with me because I live in a very quiet apartment. I haven’t found the cause yet. It does not make this noise while in safe mode or at the BIOS screen, so I imagine it’s a software-triggered issue rather than an inherent hardware problem. It seems to happen while the CPU is not under load. I imagine a BIOS update might fix this issue. It might be hardware-related, such as a fan that needs to be replaced. In any case, it’s not enough of a problem to really bother me. I listen to music and then I can’t hear the noise it makes.

    Overall I’m still very pleased with this laptop.
    Rating: 5 / 5

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