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Gateway M680 Series Laptop Computer

alaTest has collected and analyzed 7 reviews of Gateway M680 Series Laptop Computer. The average rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the portability and size. The battery and screen are also appreciated, but there are some critical comments about the price and usability.

performance, screen, battery, size, portability

keyboard, usability, price

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 76/100 = Good quality.

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Expert review by: Carla Thornton (

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.

Sep, 2005

Expert review by: fsacj (

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

Jun, 2005

Expert review by: (

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

May, 2005

Expert review by: (

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.

Expert review by: HardwareCentral (

Gateway M680XL Review


Lighter weight and longer battery life than most 17-inch-screen super-jumbo laptops; above-average CPU and graphics performance

Keyboard layout takes a little practice; no Bluetooth; seems a natural for Media Center configuration, but Gateway doesn't offer one

One of our game-simulation benchmarks -- AquaMark3 -- crashed, but every other program we tried ran like clockwork, and fast clockwork at that. Helped by 1GB of DDR-2/400 memory (add $300 for 2GB) and a 60GB, 7,200-rpm Hitachi hard disk, the Gateway...

Apr, 2005

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


Audio Output

Type:Sound card


Technology:Lithium ion

Cache Memory

Installed Size:2MB

Dimensions & Weight


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


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Gateway / Gateway M

Input Device

Type:EZ Pad / Keyboard


Data Bus Speed:533MHz


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


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


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


Installed Size:1GB/512MB
Max Supported Size:2GB
Technology:DDR2 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/80GB
Notebook Type:Notebook
Platform Technology:Intel Centrino

Video Memory

Installed Size:128MB/64MB

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:ATI Mobility Radeon X700