Last week I got word that online technology mega-retailer Newegg.com launched a really sweet back-to-school deal – they’re selling the very capable, surprisingly sharp Gateway NC5929u for only $549.99! That price includes the PC, *and* a $25 Newegg.com gift card to use towards your next purchase. It’s a good deal for a solid everyday laptop that features a Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM, Windows 7 Home Premium, Intel HD Graphics, a 320GB drive, and a bright, glossy 15” screen.
I got a loaner NV5929u from Gateway this week, and I’m impressed; performance is very good, especially when you consider that this is a $500 “value priced” machine. The bottom line is that it has a solid mid-range processor, good integrated graphics, and enough RAM to get you through an average workload without any problems whatsoever. Could you game on this machine? Maybe – the Intel HD Graphics set scores a 5.1 for Gaming Graphics, so you’re in good shape for casual games and some older 3D titles. I would recommend this machine for students looking for a reliable laptop to get them through their high school or college workloads, or for a value-conscious family (and really, who’s family isn’t value-conscious these days?) looking for a living room PC to supplement the family desktop.
What really impressed me most about the NV5929u is its industrial design. Gateway has come a long way in terms of design, and they show off what they can do on the NV5929. The case is a glossy, textured polycarbonate accented by an etched aluminum Gateway logo, and inside you’ll find a full keyboard with number pad – something most 15” machines lack – and one of the most beautiful, well designed trackpad/button combos I’ve seen on any notebook at any price.
In short, you get a lot for your dollar with this PC. If you’re in the market for a new box, Newegg’s offer – which runs through 9/27/2010 – is worth checking out.