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Gateway M680 Series Laptop Computer

alaTest has collected and analyzed 8 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the design and keyboard. The portability and screen are also appreciated, but there are some mixed views about the performance. There are some negative reviews about the value for money.

battery, screen, portability, keyboard, design

value for money

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Gateway M680 Series Laptop Computer is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 75/100 = Good quality.

Review analysis

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Gateway M680XL

 

This wide-screen notebook is lightweight for its size and has great battery life, but few entertainment options.

Handsome black and silver case

Lacks quick-launch buttons

Not all big-screen laptops are party portables, and that includes Gateway's $2565 M680XL. It lacks entertainment chops, but it's a fast, totable 17-inch-screen desktop replacement with good battery life.

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Gateway M680 Review (pics, specs)

 

I was so pleased with the first Gateway notebook I reviewed (the Gateway M460) that I was delighted to get the opportunity to review Gateways' top of the line multimedia powerhouse, the M680. The Gateway M680 is a 17 widescreen notebook that is best...

Big, sharp, high resolution screen Amazing battery life for a 17" notebook Number pad and almost perfect keyboard Very fast performance Nice design

Glossy screen could be annoying to some Small shift key Gradually gets warm under heavy use. Possible BOIS problem associated with Speedstep clock cycling No DVI port

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Gateway M680X

 

Enjoy the view, and the power.

Outstanding gaming capabilities Bright 17-inch widescreen display• Quiet operation• Tri-mode Wi-Fi adaptor

Pricey Slow hard drive

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Gateway M680XL

 

The combination of the Pentium M processor and a 98-Wh battery (an extended-life battery that comes standard with this system) helped the M680XL's BatteryMark scores rocket to 5 hours 11 minutes—a big improvement from the previous version, which...

Great battery life. Thinner and lighter than the previous generation. Good performance

No internal TV tuner. Will need a hard drive upgrade

Gateway makes several significant improvements with the M680XL. It's thinner and lighter than most systems with a 17-inch widescreen, and it has the best battery life in its class.

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HardwareCentral - Gateway M680XL Review.

 

Another Fn-key combination turns the Intel Pro/Wireless 802.11a/b/g network adapter on and off. Oddly enough for such a high-end laptop, Gateway doesn't offer a Bluetooth wireless option for the M680XL -- nor, since we were just talking about...

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Gateway M680X

 

this thin is perfect. I couldn't decide between the HP8000 which is prone to over heating and being noisey or the Dell Inspiron 9300 that is cooler but has no number pad. This thing combines the best of both worlds. The left palm rest gets warm but i...

light compared to other desktop replacements. beautiful screen, graphics card. speakers are great for a laptop. nice and fast. an NUMBER PAD

Size is a bit large if you want to carry it everywhere but if you want a desktop replacement it is fine. the left palm rest area gets a little hot at first

Product Specifications

All the power of a high-end desktop, plus the work-anywhere freedom of a notebook. The new M680 Series boasts a cinematic 17" widescreen display and mind-blowing graphics - to satisfy DVD addicts and gamers alike. Add to that Intel Centrino Mobile Technology and a sleek industrial design, and the result is our most advanced notebook yet.

Audio Input

Type:Microphone

Audio Output

Type:Sound card

Battery

Technology:Lithium ion

Cache Memory

Installed Size:2MB

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:10.9in
Height:1.4in
Weight:7.7lbs
Width:16.1in

Display (Projector)

Color Support:18-bit color
Color Support:18-bit color
Diagonal Size:17.1in
Diagonal Size (metric):43.4cm
Max Resolution:1440 x 900/1680 x 1050
Technology:TFT active matrix
Widescreen Display: Yes

Header

Compatibility:PC
Manufacturer:Gateway
Model:M680S/M680X/M680XL
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Gateway / Gateway M

Input Device

Type:EZ Pad / Keyboard

Mainboard

Data Bus Speed:533MHz

Modem

Max Transfer Rate:56Kbps
Protocols & Specifications:ITU V.90
Type:Fax / modem

Networking

Data Link Protocol:Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit 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/Microsoft Windows XP Professional

Processor

Clock Speed:1.6GHz/1.86GHz/2.13GHz
Manufacturer:Intel
Processor Number:730/750/770
Type:Pentium M

RAM

Installed Size:1GB/512MB
Max Supported Size:2GB
Technology:DDR2 SDRAM

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Controller

Type:IDE

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive

Type:Portable

Storage Removable

Type: None

System

Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:40GB/60GB/80GB
Notebook Type:Notebook
Platform Technology:Intel Centrino

Video Memory

Installed Size:128MB/64MB

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:ATI Mobility Radeon X700
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