Gateway Joins Under-$300 Netbook Parade

Gateway announced its third entrant in the netbook market on Monday, the LT2000 series, less than a month after introducing the 3100 series, its first product offering in this category.

Gateway LT2000 Series Netbook

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The LT2000 netbooks, which will retail beginning at US$299, sport an Intel chip and feature limited multi-gesture support.

They have an 11.6-inch high-definition widescreen display and a full-sized keyboard.

Lighter, Smaller

The newest netbooks are smaller than their predecessors, coming in at about one inch thick, according to company specs. At 2.62 pounds, they’re also a half-pound lighter and $100 cheaper than their 3100 series cousins, which are based on Athlon 64 L110 single-core processors running at 1.2 Ghz.

The 2000 series is built on Atom processors using the Mobile Intel 945GSE Express chipset.

With the new model, the company is aiming for consumers who value a small, svelte machine, Gateway Senior Product Marketing Manager Ray Sawall told TechNewsWorld.

“For these reasons, Intel’s Atom technology made the most sense, since it’s power optimized and lends itself to reducing the size of the chassis,” he said.

The smaller screen size also follows Gateway’s netbook road map. The 3100-series’ 11.6-inch screens are designed to enhance productivity, Sawall said. The 10.1-inch screen is all about keeping the unit small for the consumer looking for an ultraportable.

The 2000 series carries nearly identical specs to that of Acer’s Aspire One D250 model. Acer purchased Gateway in 2007.

Consumer Target

While giving a nod to business users. Gateway is clearly pushing the 2000 series as a consumer option.

Marketing materials tout options such as mobile Internet surfing, video chatting and communicating via email and social networking sites.

Gateway is also promoting the ability to store lots of music and photos and navigate through them.

The multi-gesture touchpad allows users to scroll through Web pages and lists using a circular motion. Other gestures can be used to flip through photos and zoom in and out on documents.

The WiFi b/g-equipped 2000-series units promise up to three hours of battery life from a three-cell lithium ion battery, according to Gateway.

Other features include one gigabyte of RAM, a 160-GB hard drive and an integrated Webcam. The 2000 series comes with three USB ports, Ethernet and VGA adaptors, and a digital media card reader.

Available in red and black, the 2000 series computers come with Windows XP Home SP3 and are available immediately, the company said.

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