Gateway Announces Two New Desktop-Replacement Laptops

Reprinted from a Gateway press release:

Business and home computer users who don’t want to compromise on performance when buying a notebook now have two new options from Gateway that fit the bill: the Gateway M675 high-performance mobile workstation with a 17-inch widescreen display, and the Gateway M505 multimedia-optimized system with built-in subwoofer and the latest graphics processors.

These products were launched today at the Gateway store in New York City, where chairman and CEO Ted Waitt revealed the company’s dramatic retail transformation and unveiled 14 new products for businesses and consumers.

“These new systems settle the debate between performance and mobility for business and home computer users alike,” said Mike Stinson, vice president and general manager, mobile products, Gateway, Inc. “Features such as large widescreen displays, powerful processors, high-fidelity sound systems and advanced graphics give these notebooks the extra edge to convince more computer users to go mobile.”

The Ultimate Desktop Replacement for Graphics and Gaming
PC users who need a mobile system — but are wary of giving up the power of their desktop PC — now have the ultimate desktop replacement solution with new Gateway M675 notebook. The new notebook boasts features typically reserved for high-end desktop systems, including a stunning 17.1-inch widescreen display, dedicated high-end graphics, support for multiple hard drives, and powerful Intel Pentium 4 processors with Intel Hyper Threading (HT) technology.

Business and government computer users will appreciate that the Gateway M675 delivers top-notch performance that rivals the most powerful desktop PCs and can handle the most demanding productivity and video applications with ease. The high-resolution widescreen display accommodates two pages side-by-side as well as large spreadsheets. The dedicated 10-key numeric key pad boosts the productivity of finance and engineering professionals who do a lot of number crunching. Support for optional 802.11g or 802.11a/g wireless and standard Gigabit Ethernet connectivity ensures fast network access.

The new mobile PC is also ideal for consumers who want the best mobile systems for digital media and gaming. Dedicated ATI Mobility Radeon 9600 8X AGP graphics with either 64MB or 128MB of video memory ensures optimum performance for game playing and graphics intense applications. Also, the Gateway M675 is ready for digital media; the system’s IEEE 1394 port and four USB 2.0 ports let consumers easily connect to digital cameras, digital camcorders and MP3 players.

The three-spindle modular design allows for maximum flexibility. The two modular bays can house a DVD burner, CD-RW/DVD-ROM combo drive, six-in-one memory card reader, floppy disk drive or even second and third hard drives. The ability to support up to two additional hard drives is a benefit for many industries such as government agencies that need high-capacity storage for audio, video, pictures and other files, or have to remove the hard drives from the PC to secure sensitive information.

The Gateway M675 will be sold in two configurations, with additional customizing available for business customers. A port replicator is available for $139.

Priced at $1,999.99, the Gateway M675X includes an Intel Pentium 4 processor 3.0GHz with HT technology and 800MHz front side bus, 512MB 333MHz DDR SDRAM, 60GB hard disk drive, six-in-one memory card reader, modular 2X DVD-R/-RW/CD-RW recorder, 64MB of VRAM, integrated 802.11g wireless and Microsoft Windows XP Home.

The Gateway M675XL, priced at $2,499.99, includes an Intel Pentium 4 processor 3.2 GHz and 800MHz front side bus, 512MB 333MHz DDR SDRAM, 60GB hard disk drive, six-in-one memory card reader, modular 2X DVD-R/-RW/CD-RW recorder, 128MB of VRAM, integrated 802.11g wireless and Microsoft Windows XP Pro.

Music and Video Fun to Go at a Great Value
The Gateway M505 builds on the groundbreaking Gateway M500 multimedia notebook with even more advanced digital media features at an affordable price that families, students and audio/video enthusiasts are certain to love.

Like its predecessor, the Gateway M505 boasts the best in digital media for gaming, movie and music playback. The notebook’s high-fidelity sound system with built-in subwoofer delivers clear, clean sound and is perfect for enjoying music. Also, convenient one-touch audio/video keys let consumers play CDs and MP3 audio without powering on the PC. And even when the power if off, the dedicated LCD panel shows the Audio DJ control functions such as volume, song track and source select.

New features on the Gateway M505 include a high-resolution large 15.4-inch widescreen display and DVD burner option. The new larger screen displays games and DVD movies in brilliant clarity. Movies and games may be inserted into the convenient “slot-load” DVD-RW drive or CD-RW/DVD-ROM combo drive, like those used in car audio systems. Also, ATI Radeon 9600 8X AGP graphics with 64MB of video memory further enhances the gaming experience.

Additionally, the Gateway M505 notebook now includes Intel Centrino technology for an all-around great mobile computing experience. Standard integrated 802.11b wireless connectivity and mobile-optimized Intel Pentium-M processors contribute to the system’s performance while on the go.

Consumer electronics devices such as digital cameras and camcorders can be easily connected to the Gateway M505 via the two IEEE 1394 FireWire ports and three USB 2.0 ports. And, the secure digital flash memory reader is perfect for downloading digital content photos.

The Gateway M505 is available in two configurations. Priced at $1,599.99, the Gateway M505X includes a 1.4GHz Pentium-M processor, 512MB DDR SDRAM, 40GB hard drive, slot load 24X DVD-ROM/CD-RW combo drive, and Microsoft Windows XP Home. Priced at $1,899.99, the Gateway M505XL includes a 1.5GHz Pentium-M processor, 512MB DDR RAM, 60GB hard drive, 2X DVD-R/-RW/CD-RW recorder and Microsoft Windows XP Pro.

Availability and Limited Warranty
The Gateway M675 is available immediately for purchase online, by phone or by going to one of the 190 Gateway stores nationwide. The Gateway M505 will be available through these same channels beginning November 13. Configurations of the M675 and M505 will also be available in stock at Gateway stores beginning mid-November for customers who want to purchase a computer and take it home with them immediately.

The new Gateway M675 and Gateway M505 are supported by Gateway limited warranty plans. As with other Gateway products, additional service and support options are available.

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