Gateway ID49 and ID59 Series Notebooks Launched; Powered by Intel Core i3/i5 Processors

Gateway has today introduced a new notebook PC line – the Gateway ID Series, comprising of Gateway ID49 and ID59 Series of Notebook PCs – which are designed to deliver the latest in mobile technology in a thin and lightweight design that is modern, chic and eye-catching. Powered by Intel Core i3 and i5 processors, select models also offers NVIDIA Optimus dedicated graphic solution.

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The Gateway ID Series characterizes a sleek silver casing that is punctuated by a unique aqua-blue touchpad that glows when touched, acting as a beacon for accessing entertainment and information. The Gateway ID Series is protected by an aluminium alloy lid and measures only a slim 1-inch thin, so the notebooks are comfortable to carry and easily slide into a briefcase or book bag.

The most striking element of the new Gateway ID49 and ID59 Series notebooks is the aqua-blue touchpad that resembles matte glass when not lit, and then glows when touched. The effect is enhanced as customers use the notebook’s multi-gesture capabilities to more intuitively scroll through documents, rotate photos, and pinch to zoom in on websites.

The Gateway ID Series of notebook PCs will be available in two sizes: the Gateway ID49 has a 14-inch HD Ultrabright LED-backlit display and weighs 2.30 kgs / 5.07 pounds, while the Gateway ID59 has a 15.6-inch HD Ultrabright LED-backlit display and weighs 2.50 Kgs / 5.5 pounds.

The Gateway ID49 and ID59 Series notebooks are powered by Intel Core i3 and Core i5 processing technology boosted by up to 8GB of DDR3 memory, upto 500 GB SATA hard drive and DVD writer.

Both the Gateway ID59 and ID49 notebooks feature 14-inch or 15.4-inch widescreen LED-backlit displays with a 1366×768 resolution. Some select Gateway ID49 models include NVIDIA Optimus graphics, which switches between graphics solutions for an optimized balance of performance and battery life.

The Gateway ID49 series models which features 14-inch display includes ID49C07u, ID49C04u and ID49C08u while ID59 series model viz. ID59C03u comes only with 15.6-inch display.

Select models of the new Gateway ID49 Series notebooks also offers NVIDIA Optimus graphics technology, which intelligently regulates the notebook’s use of dedicated NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M graphics or integrated Intel HD graphics, depending on the task its performing.

Dual Graphics: The Gateway ID49 Series notebooks will feature NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M dedicated graphics while running video, games and multimedia applications to ensure the visuals are incredibly crisp and clear. Alternately, the notebook will switch to integrated Intel HD graphics when less demanding programs are being used, such as browsing websites, or working on documents and spreadsheets. As a result, the NVIDIA Optimus technology ensures that battery life is extended for longer enjoyment

Both Gateway ID49 and ID59 notebooks come equipped with integrated 802.11b/g/N Wi-Fi Certified for a reliable connection to hotspots and wireless networks and also include integrated 1.3MP webcam for online chatting and video conferences. The Gateway ID Series notebooks features two integrated digital microphones for improved sound recording via the webcam.

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“Notebooks are more than ever an expression of who we are and what’s important to us,” said Ray Sawall, senior product marketing manager for Gateway notebooks. “The look and feel of the Gateway ID Series notebooks is so unique that anyone will be drawn to them – especially to the touchpad that resembles a swimming pool inviting customers to ‘dive in’ and enjoy the notebooks’ advanced capabilities and entertainment features. And with NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M graphics with Optimus technology, consumers can experience improved graphics performance when it matters, backed by battery life preservation for longer use.”

The Gateway ID49 and ID59 Series was designed to be comfortable and easy to use. The keyboard is smooth with well-defined keys that provide the right response for smooth typing and blend seamlessly with the rest of the unit to further promote a streamlined feel.

Additional features, such as the touchpad lock and programmable key, promote productivity. Plus, the larger screen size of the Gateway ID59 makes room for a dedicated numeric keypad for fast and easy number input.

Both models feature capacitive touch multimedia keys that provide easy control of features such as play, forward, pause and volume control and includes Super-DVD player, HDMI digital out port, and Dolby Home Theater v3 audio.

Also, the Gateway ID series notebooks also feature integrated media card readers that supports popular media cards including Secure Digital, MultimediaCard, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO and xD Picture Card.

Gateway ID49 and ID59 series notebooks also feature a new integrated dedicated social-networking button that allows users quick access to their social networks on Facebook, YouTube and Flickr. The social-networking button launches an integrated widget that lets customers easily make updates to their own sites by posting information, images and video, while also enjoying updated status feeds of friends, family and colleagues.

The Gateway ID Series notebooks also feature MyBackup functionality that gives them a way to quickly and easily back-up all their important files.

Price and Availability

The Gateway ID59 with a 15.6-inch display starts at a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $799.99 while the Gateway ID49 with a 14-inch display starts at an MSRP of $679.99.

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