Gateway MX6640b Review


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  • Review Price: £799.00

Gateway is a brand that I haven’t had the pleasure of discussing in quite a while. It takes me back to when I was 12 years old at school, to a friend of mine who was completely obsessed with cows. He was also an utter geek in every respect so naturally he was an excellent programmer, so his mild insanity can be forgiven as a side effect of his genius. I forget if he was obsessed with cows before he bought a Gateway, or after – but he quite refused to buy anything else.

Since that time, Gateway has changed its logo several times. In fact, I seem to recall it even got rid of the cow spots for a short time, but considering I can’t find any documentation collaborating my story, I’ll just put it down to a hallucinogenic in the water supply.

The notebook I’m looking at today is the MX6640b. On the inside, this uses a Pentium M 750 (1.86GHz) single core processor, 1GB of DDR2 memory (in dual-channel configuration), an 80GB IDE hard drive and 8x dual-layer DVD+/-RW drive. Being a Centrino branded notebook, it has 11/54Mbit wireless as well as a Gigabit LAN provided by a PCI Express Marvell chip. We were a bit disappointed to see Bluetooth not find its way on to the list of connectivity, as this is widely used and found on most notebooks we see today.

Powering the widescreen 15.4in 1,280 x 800 display is an ATI Mobility Radeon X600 SE. This is hardly top of the range, but will play a few games and does have the added benefit of having its own 128MB DDR frame buffer, rather than sharing the system memory. This should improve system performance somewhat. This notebook also has support for TV-Out, but no cables were supplied. Disappointingly, although there is an option for an external display, it is only by D-SUB and not DVI.

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