Gateway Revamps NV, ID Laptop Series

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Gateway has introduced its new 15.6-inch NV Series and 14-inch ID47 series laptop models, which have been updated with USB 3.0 for faster connectivity and the latest processors. Both the NV and ID lines feature second-generation Intel processors or, in the case of the NV55 Series, AMD's A-Series "Llano" processor.

Gateway Revamps NV, ID Laptop Series
The NV55 Series

Of the two lines, the ID47 steals most of the limelight, at least in Gateway's press release. Like LG's new Blade series, the ID47 uses a smaller bezel to cram a 14-inch HD display into a chassis typically used with 13.3-inch panels, for full edge-to-edge glass or more screen real estate in a compact space. The sleek metal laptop is just a bit over an inch thick (0.85-1.13 inches at its thickest) but weighs 4.6 pounds. Battery life is decent, rated up to eight hours.

The US model, priced at $699.99, comes with conventional specs: 4GB of RAM, a 500GB (5400 rpm) hard drive, DVD multi-drive. If you head up north, though, and purchase the ID47 from Gateway Canada, for $799 Canadian, you can bump up the RAM to 6GB, the hard drive to 750GN, and add Bluetooth. There's also a 15.6-inch ID version for Canadians-the ID57-and even more options, including Nvidia Optimus graphics.

If you need a larger laptop or want to save some cash, the updated 15.6-inch Gateway NV Series models are priced at $629.99 in the United States and $549 Canadian in Canada. The US model features the AMD A60M Fusion chipset /1.5 GHz quad-core AMD processor and 6GB of RAM, while the Canadian version sticks with a 2.1 GHz Intel Core i3 processor and comes with 4GB or RAM. Otherwise, both offer a 640GB (5400 rpm) hard drive and up to four hours of battery life.

The ID Series

And, finally, a sign of the times: both the ID and NV series have dedicated hot keys so you can quickly access and update your social networks on Facebook, YouTube, and Flickr.

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