Gateway Blue Laptop

We had the opportunity to review a couple of blue gateway laptops recently. Here we focus on the M-7317u Gateway Pacific Blue laptop with HDMI is impressive do to its versatility and power. The video capabilities stand out as the most prominent features applicable to those with a need for true HD on their laptop.



We used the Gateway M-7317u blue laptop to supply the video signal to a 60 inch plasma TV during a holiday promotion and it worked flawlessly in this configuration serving its purpose well. This provided shoppers an opportunity to actually see the machine in action.

Getting back to our Gateway M-7317u review we want to mention what an unusually striking color of Pacific blue this laptop has; very stylish, smooth and rather futuristic looking. Often the colored laptops will have highly glossed finishes which tend to make them stand out with a futuristic look about them, and this model is certainly no exception.

Powering the M-7317u is the 2.0GHz Intel Pentium Dual-Core Mobile Processor T3200 with a 677MHz FSB (Front Side Bus). In our Gateway M-7317u review machine we had the maximum amount of memory installed which is 4GB of DDR2 667MHz. These specs are decent on the higher-mid level laptops, and the performance of this laptop was everything we expected as far as power and reliability.


The installed OS (Operating System) is a fully loaded Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium with Service Pack 1. As far as storage goes, there is a roomy 250GB SATA hard drive offering lots of space to store pictures, movies, etc.

During our video tests the Gateway M-7317u was able to play DVD movies with striking clarity via the 15.4″ WXGA Ultrabright TFT Active Matrix display screen with a maximum resolution of 1280 x 800. The graphics processing is handled by the integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500.

These specs really shined when we hooked the laptop up to a home theater system with surround sound to play DVD movies, and it produced decent sharp images. Portable computers like this one have no problem powering home theater audio as well, and generally most will come with very limited quality speakers and sound cards. This tended to really impress the people who had not experienced this.

The Gateway M-7317u offered additional features such as 802.11b/g/Draft-N wireless networking, built-in Bluetooth 2.0, 5-in-1 Media Card Reader, ExpressCard expandability, built-in1.3 Megapixel Webcam, three USB 2.0 Ports and several other advanced features.

The Gateway M Series lets you take control of your media in an utmost stylish fashion. Slick looks, HDMI connection, cinema quality hooked up to home theater systems and Dual-Core Mobile Processor make this portable computer a real multimedia powerhouse.