Celeron chips bring power to low-end Gateway models

Celeron chips bring power to low-end Gateway models

By John McCormick

If you need proof that you can have the features you want and power you need in an Intel Celeron notebook PC, look no further than Gateway Inc.'s low-end offerings.

The system I tested is equipped with a 400-MHz Celeron processor, Microsoft Windows 98, 64M of RAM, a 24X CD-ROM drive and a 4.3G hard drive. A 56-Kbps V.90 modem is included along with a full set of ports'Universal Serial Bus, PC Card, serial, parallel, VGA, microphone and headphone.

Gateway's Solo
1100 has a 466-MHz Celeron processor, 32M of RAM, a 6G hard drive and a 12.1-inch screen. It weighs 6.6 pounds and is priced at $1,199.

It also is preloaded with Microsoft Works Suite, so the average office user can probably just grab this computer and go'although some users will need to install a spreadsheet or presentation package.

Sounds good

The 14-inch screen is impressive for a low-end notebook, and the sound quality is nothing short of amazing.

At about 8 pounds, this isn't a lightweight by any means, but it does have a nearly three-hour battery life, and you can swap another component for a second battery when you require long run times.

I could happily use this notebook for several years for all but the most demanding presentation tasks.

Its $1,800 price is low for a new desktop PC, and it's actually a lot more computer than I need just to do word processing and surf the Web.

Although it's classified as a home model rather than a business-class system, it's worthy of consideration for working road warriors.

After all, is there really such a thing as a home notebook user?

Despite the designation, this is really just a low-end business computer and, if anything, it is only missing high-end software to qualify as a business-grade system.


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