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Gateway M520S

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2 reviews of Gateway M520S. The average rating for this product is 2.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Reviews about the price and screen are generally positive. The durability and design also get good opinions.

performance, design, durability, screen, price

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Gateway M520S is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 73/100 = Good quality.

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Expert review by : Ian Bell (

Gateway M520S Review


Battery life on the M520S was pretty good for a system using a desktop class processor.

Oct, 2004

Expert review by : Jon L. Jacobi (

Gateway M520 review: Gateway M520


Gateway M520X Plus Editors' note: In early September 2005, Gateway changed the names of many of its laptops . Read our explanation to learn how to make sense of the new names and where to find CNET's reviews of Gateway laptops. (10/6/05) Weighing 7.5...

Good performance; good value for the money; wide-screen display; six-in-one card reader; multiformat DVD burner; plain but sturdy design; strong documentation and support.

Mediocre software package.

The Gateway M520X Plus lacks flash but offers good performance and features for a fair price.

Nov, 2004

Product Specifications

Packed with the multimedia performance of a desktop in a streamlined notebook. The M520 series notebooks feature the perfect blend of design, value and entertainment. Watch movies, games and graphics come to life in digital, wide-screen format. Experience incredible graphics and entertainment packed with power on the go.

Audio Input

Type: None

Audio Output

Type:Sound card


Technology:Lithium ion

Cache Memory

Installed Size:1MB

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Color Support:24-bit (16.7 million colors)/32-bit color
Color Support:24-bit (16.7 million colors)/32-bit color
Diagonal Size:15in
Diagonal Size (metric):38.1cm
Max Resolution:1024 x 768
Technology:TFT active matrix
Widescreen Display: No


Model:M520S/M520S Plus
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Gateway / Gateway M

Input Device

Type:EZ Pad / Keyboard/Keyboard / Touchpad


Data Bus Speed:533MHz


Max Transfer Rate:56Kbps
Protocols & Specifications:ITU V.92
Type:Fax / modem


Data Link Protocol:Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g
Type:Network adapter
Wireless LAN Supported: Yes
Wireless Protocol:802.11b/g

Optical Storage

Read Speed:24x (CD) / 8x (DVD)
Rewrite Speed:10x
Type:CD-RW / DVD-ROM combo/DVD
Write Speed:24x

OS Provided

Type:Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition


Clock Speed:2.8GHz/3.06GHz
Processor Number:518/532
Type:Mobile Pentium 4


Installed Size:512MB
Technology:DDR SDRAM

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Controller


Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive


Storage Removable

Type: None


Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:40GB/60GB
Notebook Type:Notebook
Recommended Use:Home use

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:Intel Extreme Graphics 2