- AMD A4-Series A4-5000 (1.50 GHz)
- 4 GB Memory 500 GB HDD
- AMD Radeon HD 8330
- 1366 x 768
- Windows 8
Good bang for the buck 09/23/2013
The primary focus of this machine is getting a lot for a little money. The specs are very nice for what it costs...and it seems to have a good feel and nice finish and generally is nice to use. Looks and feels like a $700 laptop instead of a $350 laptop.
No optical drive. Which, I knew going into it...but that guarantees no more than a 4/5 rating for the machine. For the extra cost an optical drive would add, make the machine $10 more (or $20 or whatever) and everybody would be happy. There is a blank in there where an optical drive would go - and the chassis is built to accept one, with SATA connectors in there waiting for a chance to do their thing. The slot is smaller than a traditional industry-standard optical drive though...so one must presume that Gateway is planning on providing an optical drive as an add-on purchase.
Although...I can't really seem to find any information about such an add-on existing. Can anyone point me to where one might purchase such a thing? If the machine was ~$20 more, and included an optical drive, it'd be 5/5. While I won't need one frequently, I don't want to have to keep an external optical drive around either...at the end of the day, based on the nominal cost increase, it's just not acceptable to *not* include the optical drive.
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