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Gateway CX200

Gateway's new Tablet PC convertible grows wider
(by Conrad H. Blickenstorfer)

Introduced in October of 2005, the Gateway CX200 Series replaces the company's initial M275 Tablet PC convertible. While that machine was a fairly conventional, and rather heavy, notebook convertible that excelled primarily by offering one of the first 14.1-inch LCDs in a Tablet PC, the new CX200 takes a more future-oriented approach by using a still not very common "widescreen" display and also by coming in at a very low price. The widescreen LCD has a resolution of 1280 x 768 pixels, which makes it ideal for watching DVDs. However, measureing 14 inches diagnonally, it is actually smaller than its predecessor's 14.1-inch display with a conventional aspect ratio.

Available in two versions, a US$999 loss-leader equipped with a 1.4GHz Celeron chip and a US$1,299 Pentium 740 version with a larger 60GB hard disk and a Double Layer DVD Writer, the CX200 is a large, heavy, powerful notebook computer that combines very low price and state-of-the-art technologies (DVD Writer, SATA drives, high speed DDR2 RAM, gigabit LAN, etc.) This machine seems designed more to add ink as a data type than to be used as a handy slate computer. At almost seven pounds, it is too heavy for that. It's doubtlessly a terrific value.

Form-factor Notebook Convertible
Processor Intel Celeron M 360 or Pentium M 740
CPU Speed 1.4 GHz or 1.73 GHz
Chipset Intel 915GM
Standard/Max RAM 512MB/2,048MB 533MHz DDR2
Disk/drive 40/60 GB SATA/DVD-CDRW or DVD Writer/CDRW
Card slots 1 PC Card Type II, 7-in-1 reader
Display type Transmissive TFT
Display size/res 14.0-inch/1280x768
Digitizer/pens Wacom/1
Keyboard/scale Integrated, 100%
Ruggedness Standard
Housing NA
Size (WxHxD) 13.6 x 11.1 x 1.26
Weight 6.85 lbs.
Power Li-Ion, 77 WHr (opt. 97 WHr)
Interface 3 USB 2.0, RJ11, RJ45 (gigabit)
Interface IEEE1394, audio, 802.11b/g, video
List price US$999-1,299
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