Gateway LT3103u Calls Itself a Netbook, Isn’t

Too big at 11.6in and that's ignoring the components.

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.


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