Gateway 1450SE travels in style for under $1,000

With prices and specifications for entry-level notebook PCs so similar, it's hard to find one product that stands above the others.

As I looked over the systems listed here, I realized that the ones I preferred often represented my own personal taste and style, rather than a significant difference in the notebooks themselves.

But if I were forced to make a choice, it would be Gateway's Solo 1450SE. For $999 at Gateway's online store, you can buy a stylish, relatively sleek (12.6-inch by 10.4-inch by 1.6-inch, 6.18 lb.) model with a Mobile Intel Celeron 1.2-GHz processor, a 14.1-inch XGA TFT screen, 128M of SDRAM and a 20G Ultra ATA hard drive.

Gateway put an integrated floppy drive in the 1450SE, and the unit also boasts an 8X DVD drive instead of the 24X CD-ROM drive I expected. Expansion slots are minimal but adequate, consisting of one Type II or one Type III PC Slot, and one VGA, one parallel and two USB ports.

This model has an integrated 10/100-Mbps Ethernet LAN card and V.90 modem and a respectable 4X AGP 8M Shared Video Memory system. It also comes with Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition and Microsoft Works Suite 2002.

OK, so the Solo 1450SE isn't quite as sexy as a pricier desktop-replacement powerhouse. But it delivers a lot for just under $1,000.

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