We tested this Notebook using our normal selection of SYSMark 2004SE, PCMark 2005 and MobileMark 2005. We compared this to the recently reviewed Fujitsu Siemens Amilo L131OG. Admittedly this is £250 cheaper than the Gateway, but you see where the extra money goes on this Gatway. The Fujitsu-Siemens only uses a low-end Celeron processor, which doesn’t support the same power saving technology as Pentium M.
Not surprisingly, the Gateway takes away first prize in every occasion. This is most noticeable in the area of battery-life where SpeedStep can make a huge difference. Where as the Fujitsu claimed 115 minutes, the Gateway almost doubled that with 228 minutes. When playing a DVD, this was even more noticeable, with over double the battery life – 97 minutes to 200.
PC Mark illustrates the expected difference in CPU power. But what else is incredibly noticeable is the difference in theoretical memory performance, which manifests itself in the slightly more real-world SYSmark. This is because the Fujtisu not only uses DDR instead of DDR2 memory, but uses integrated Graphics.
The MX6640b is only sold in Staples stores across the UK, not even on Gateway's online store (which is apparently a separate company). So if you have relatives that tend to walk in to high street stores in order to buy a notebook, then you could do a lot worse than to point them in the direction of this Gateway.