Pros

  • Stylish and sturdy keyboard
  • HDMI and eSATA ports

Cons

  • Simply terrible speakers
  • Off-center mouse is a little awkward

At A Glance

As an affordable portable gaming box, the P-172 XFX gets a couple things right and a couple others painfully wrong.

Manufacturer’s Website

http://www.gateway.com

The Specs

Pricing
Inventory Number 31578
Processor
Processor type Intel Core 2 Duo T8300
Processor speed 2400.0 MHz
Display
Display size 17.0 inches
Resolution 1920 x 1200 pixels
External Monitor Interface Discrete
Vertical Resolution 1200
Graphics
Graphics Type Discrete
Primary Graphics Chipset nVidia GeForce Go 8800M GTS
Storage
Drive size 320.0 GB
Floppy Drive No
Other storage
  • Express Card Slot
  • xD-Picture Card
  • SD Card
  • Memory Stick
Battery
Battery Type Lithium ion
Standard Number of Batteries 1.0
Number of Included Batteries 1.0
Ports and Connections
Headphone Jack Yes
Available Interfaces
  • Audio - Microphone In (1/8" Mini)
  • USB - Universal Serial Bus Port (x3)
  • Audio - Headphone Out (1/8" Mini)
  • FireWire Port
Microphone input Yes
Firewire 1
Ethernet Type 10/100/1000 Mbps
Wireless connection 802.11 n
Bluetooth Yes
Slots
  • Express Card Slot
  • xD-Picture Card
  • SD Card
  • Memory Stick
Memory
Memory size 4000.0 MB
Memory type DDR2 SDRAM
Memory speed 533.0 MHz
Dimensions
Width 15.8 inches
Depth 12.4 inches
Height 1.8 inches
Weight 11.0 pounds
Weight with Accessories 11.0 pounds
Sound
Speakers Stereo
Storage Media
XD picture card 1
Memory stick Memory Stick
SD card Yes
Included Software
Operating System Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium (32 bit)
Included Software
  • CyberLink power2Go
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader 7
  • OS Recovery DVD
Other Features
Docking Station Port No
Devices Phone Cord
Input devices Touchpad
Hardware List Notebook
Pointing Device Touchpad
Other Hardware Phone cord

Performance

Overall Performance
WorldBench 6 Score 96.0
WorldBench 6 Rating Superior
Battery
Battery Life 2:42:26 AM   (hh:mm)
Office Productivity
Web Browsing 333.0   seconds (lower is better)
Office Suite Use 359.0   seconds (lower is better)
File Compression 218.0   seconds (lower is better)
Content Creation
Image Editing 388.0   seconds (lower is better)
GPU Graphics Rendering 352.0   seconds (lower is better)
CPU Graphics Rendering 646.0   seconds (lower is better)
Video Encoding 228.0   seconds (lower is better)
DVD Burning 409.0   seconds (lower is better)
Video Editing 218.0   seconds (lower is better)
Gaming
Far Cry, 1024 by 768, 32-Bit 163.36   Frames per second (higher is better)
Doom 3, 1024 by 768, 32-Bit 122.03   Frames per second (higher is better)
Performance
World Bench 5 Multitasking 406.0
Number of Included Batteries 1.0