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Gateway LT3103u Calls Itself a Netbook, Isn't


Gateway LT3103u Calls Itself a Netbook, Isn't

Gateway has joined the growing crowd of manufacturers that don't quite seem to get the point of netbooks, or that an 11.6in system eminently isn't one. Still, ignoring that label there's no reason not to at least consider the LT3103u if you're after a fairly small, portable low-powered notebook.

For a start, the LT3103u's 11.6in display has a 1,366 x 768 pixel resolution and while you might expect an Atom processor to be powering the not-a-netbook there is instead a 1.2GHz single-core AMD L110 CPU is present, alongside 2GB of RAM, ATI X1270 graphics and a 250GB hard drive.

Windows Vista home Basic, rather than XP as on most netbook-labelled machines, is installed although the supposedly higher performance of the AMD CPU over Atom will hopefully mean that will run fairly well. A 6-cell, 5300mAh battery should provide a reasonable operating time. Ethernet, Wi-Fi and three USB ports sit alongside a multi-card reader and a VGA output.

At $399.99 in the US - with no UK pricing available as it'll be come under the Packard Bell banner this side of the Atlantic if at all - Gateway can hardly be accused of over-charging for the LT3103u. Just remember: it's not a netbook.




June 24, 2009, 5:17 pm

Hmm... relatively good processing power, a pretty good resolution, good value for money.... nope, doesn't sound like a netbook to me either!

Wayne 4

June 24, 2009, 5:51 pm

If Gateway LT3103u calls itself a #netbook is wayne ;). name it #crossover or whatever you want, is is also NOT an ultraportable by 'definition ... btw. which 'definition'?


June 24, 2009, 6:07 pm

They always state the amount of mAh a battery has, but isn't it important to also provide the voltage level at which it operates? I mean, a 5400 mAh battery working at 7,4 Volts provides a lot less juice than a 5200 mAh battery working at 12 Volts, or am I wrong with that assumption?


June 24, 2009, 6:22 pm

Realistically it will be competing with netbooks though - certainly less cheeky than calling it an ultraportable notebook and ending up competing with £2000 Sony Vaio's. I honestly think this looks like a decently specced machine for using as a network video viewer and web surfer.


June 24, 2009, 6:34 pm

On reflection, i reckon that if they can bring this in under £350 then it will be quite the bargain, and make me consider dumping my Atom netbook.


June 24, 2009, 7:02 pm

Trolling on your own site with your own personal definition of a netbook is not cool. This is what netbooks have become, accept it. At the end of the day if this machine comes in at a price that makes it compete with other 'netbooks' with these specs then it should be top of the list for most people looking to buy a portable machine.

Anyway hurry up and post about the HTC Hero, I want to hear if people think it's better or not than the Samsung i7500.


June 24, 2009, 7:15 pm

who cares if its 'not a netbook' since for some people this may be ideal - don't slate something when for some it is a brilliant piece of kit


June 24, 2009, 7:27 pm

At that price I'd say it's a netbook, doesn't have a DVD driver either (something I'd say is a must on a laptop although not on a high priced ultra portable).

A bit of variety around the netbook price point (even the top end) is surely a good thing. The screen resolution itself will be tempting, it just depends on the battery life due to being an AMD cpu and discrete graphics.

I'm still loving my year old Eee 901.


June 24, 2009, 8:16 pm

@Helmore: I think that's right, but the assumption is that laptops operate at pretty much the same voltage so quoting the capacity in mAh is still a reasonable thing to do.

I suppose Watt Hours would be more useful.

Tarik Bos

June 24, 2009, 11:05 pm

alright people, the fact is there is no outlined definition of a netbook... only the one intel is trying to impose, you follow it. or not. TR chose to follow it.


June 25, 2009, 12:00 pm

please dont forget people, Microsoft has a very clear definition of what a netbook is and by extension what can be sold with XP installed


June 25, 2009, 12:39 pm

Sure it doesn't meet the artificially limited definition for a 'netbook' as dictated by Microsoft and Intel but it sure seems a lot more desirable than one. If they can bring it in under £350 it'll fly off the shelves I reckon.

Tony Walker

June 26, 2009, 5:03 pm

Gordon Bennett!!!

No wonder we're getting fleeced as consumers if so many of you think that at a US price of $399 it would be great if they would charge us £350 for the privilege.

$399 is £243.29 at the current exchange rate.

This ripping-us-off has to stop!

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