June 28, 2009 at 7:02 pm
Gateway’s AMD Athlon-powered LT3103u netbook was officially launched earlier this week and it appears it has already hit retail. Scott Carmichael from Gadling spotted the 11.6-inch netbook in a BestBuy store and promptly took it home to give it a run through. The version sold included 2GB RAM and a 250GB HDD and cost a reasonable $399.
The Gateway LT3103u is powered by an AMD Athlon 1.2GHz L110 processor along with discrete graphics in the form of an ATI Radeon X1270 GPU. Carmichael found that the LT3103u had no problems in playing a 720p mkv file, although the 1080p didn’t fare too well, as expected. The 11.6-inch high-resolution (1366 x 768) LED backlit display is said to be crisp and bright. Other features include Wi-Fi (b/g), 0.3MP webcam, 3-in-1 card reader and three USB ports.
As with many netbooks these days, it comes with glossy lid that is prone to fingerprint smudges. The keyboard had a small amount of flex, but the keys were well spaced with a good sized space bar. The touchpad was also a reasonable size with responsive mouse buttons. The 6-cell battery sticks out a bit and should be good for around six hours of battery life according to the Vista Basic battery indicator.
Upgradability is catered for by a number of access panels for the RAM, HDD and Wi-FI card. Criticisms include a noisy hard-disk drive, a flashing Wi-Fi status indicator and two small rubber bumpers on either side of the netbook that are annoying when resting palms whilst typing.
Via Portable Monkey.