Gateway LT2030u Red Netbook

Gateway LT2030u Red Netbook

The appeal of the smaller laptops is usually based on size and portability. As the popularity of netbook computers (subcompact notebooks) grows, so do the feature sets which they have to offer. We recently reviewed the Gateway LT2030u 10.1″ red colored netbook computer which offers its fair share of portable benefits.

Notably, the crisp Candy Apple/Cherry red colored laptop design appears to intentionally differentiate itself from the competition as the majority of the case is red. Providing the look, and feel of a well built, sturdy netbook computer this model held its own during the typical testing and benchmarking processes. The operating system of the review model was upgraded to a full version of Windows 7, and the amount of system memory was maxed out at 1GB. Other than upgrading to Windows 7 full version this was a stock setup.

Screen size is very typical for a netbook at 10.1″ these days, and we found that the backlit LED design offered basically the same respectable quality as most of the other netbooks available in this category.

The native resolution is 1024×600 and the video is powered by the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950 which we see in several other models as well. This integrated accelerator is basically standard fare for many of the mini laptops as this provides a clean, bright visual performance experience.

Advanced power management features play a role in the battery charge life as it offers the capability to surpass seven hours, which is impressive although not exactly unique. We find that several makes and models of the smaller laptops and netbooks are able to achieve similar results these days. This is not only the result of advancements in the hardware technology, but in the way that Windows 7 works in conjunction with the technology in order to provide superior power management capabilities resulting in extended charge life spans.

Another impressive feature of the Gateway LT2030u netbook is the fact that it offers you a 250GB hard drive. Originally, the netbook computers where designed with very small drives which were often small (2GB for example) SSD versions, but most manufactures are equipping their netbooks with much larger drives now. As broad as the usage and popularity of the mini laptop is becoming, this makes sense and is a welcome feature. In comparison 100GB or 160GB drives offer a lot of space, but if you work with big files, then this can cause the need to always have to be freeing up more space. Of course external USB drives are practically a must have either way.

The Gateway LT2030u netbook comes with a free 60-day trial of the Microsoft Office 2007 suite, so keep in mind if you don’t decide to purchase it, then it will quit functioning after 60 days. Also keep in mind that Windows 7 starter is going to be limited in features and functionality as well. For some users this is not an issue, as the upgraded (beyond Starter Edition) features may not be anything which they would use anyway.