Netbook too small for yah? Gateway is banking that some people want the smallish footprint – and price – of a netbook, but also wants a bit more power and options. The TC Series fits that market well with a 14-inch HD screen and a $649 price.
Gateway seemed to pack the TC line with the standard notebook fare circa early 2008 including a 1.3MP webcam, 802.11 b/g/Draft-N, Gigabit Ethernet, and that 14-inch LED backlit display with a 1366×768. The Intel Pentium Dual-Core Mobile T4200 processor is from the bargain bin but the low price should justify it enough. Future editions of the notebook should pack a Core 2 Duo CPU, HDMI out, a 500GB HDD and even a Blu-ray drive. No word on the upgrade’s price, and that probably was on purpose.
IRVINE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Gateway today extends the popular design and features of its MC Series® and MD Series® notebook lines to its new compact and lightweight TC Series® notebook line, which sports a 14-inch High Definition display, starting at a value-minded $649.99.
The ultimate affordable pairing of mobility, style and multimedia technology, the Gateway TC Series notebook line was designed with the performance and cinematic mobile entertainment features that make it ideal for use as a mainstream notebook. The 14-inch Ultrabright™ HD widescreen display boasts an entertainment-ready 16:9 aspect ratio.
“We’ve taken the best of our incredibly popular MC and MD lines and made it even more compact and lightweight in the TC Series,” said Ray Sawall, senior product marketing manager for Acer America. “The result is the perfect marriage of useful features and compact design punctuated with an eye-catching style. Plus, we’ve maintained the budget-minded price tag, giving customers an incredible bang for their buck.”
With sculptured edges and a unique blend of materials, the TC Series’ distinctive look and feel is marked by the cover’s unique branding stripe flanked by silver accents. The TC Series is available in two colors, burgundy and black, and features a textured palm rest and polished keyboard surround.
Easy-to-transport, the 5.3-pound notebook fits neatly in a backpack or a briefcase, so students, small business professionals and consumers will be able to stay connected and productive while on the go. The integrated 1.3 megapixel webcam is incredibly simple to use, allowing consumers to have fun with live video conferencing and stay in touch with video emails, voice over IP and still photos. The many hot spots and wireless networks available today give consumers access to the Internet using the TC Series’ 802.11b/g Draft-N wireless. Plus, the notebook line features Gigabit Ethernet for a fast wired connection.
Even at its bargain price, the TC Series is ready for handling digital media and entertainment applications. The Ultrabright 14-inch backlit HD LED display vibrantly delivers a first-rate viewing experience with a 1366×768 resolution and 8ms response time, which make movies and digital content appear crisp and clear. Plus, its 16:9 aspect ratio allows customers to view multiple windows and applications.
In addition, audio sounds great with full HD audio support and a built-in microphone. Transferring digital media to the notebook from popular flash media card used in consumer electronics like digital cameras and camcorders is easy; the notebook line has a 5-in-1 media card reader (SD, MMC, MS, MS Pro and xD) as well as three USB 2.0 ports. Customers have one-touch access to their digital media and frequently-used entertainment programs with the notebook’s Illuminated Multimedia Touch Controls.
Configurations, Price and Availability
The Gateway TC Series is available now at select U.S. retailers, starting at a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $649.99.
The first models available are the TC7306u® in black and the TC7307u® in burgundy. Both notebooks have the same value-focused configuration; they are equipped with an Intel Pentium Dual-Core Mobile T4200 processor (2.00 GHz, 1MB L2 cache, 800 MHz FSB), 4GB of Dual Channel DDR2 667MHz Memory and Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500M. Transferring and storing large files is easy with the 8X Multi-Format Dual Layer DVDRW w/ DVD-RAM drive and high-capacity 320(1) hard drive. They both come with Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium with SP1 64-bit as well as Microsoft Works 9.0 and a 60-day trial of Microsoft Office Home & Student 2007. They each have a 6-cell Lithium Ion battery and an MSRP of $649.99.
The TC Series was designed to scale to fulfill many consumers’ daily entertainment and productivity requirements. Future configurations can include Intel processor technology including Intel Core 2 Duo as well as an HDMI port for connecting digitally to external displays and HDTV’s. In addition, the line can support up to 500GB(1) of storage space and 4GB of DDR2 memory. Plus, the TC Series can support new technologies as demand for them increases, such as Blu-ray optical drives for enjoying the latest high definition movies as well as dedicated NVIDIA GeForce® 9300M graphics supporting Microsoft® DirectX® 10 for excellent graphics and video playback on the go.
Gateway Limited Warranty, Service and Support
The Gateway TC Series notebooks are backed by a one year limited warranty.(2) Gateway’s commitment to quality and reliability is evident in its award-winning line of PCs as well as in its exceptional service and support programs. In addition to the company’s standard limited warranty options, its extensive online support center helps customers maximize their PC investment; it gives them easy access to customer support representatives and information on important issues such as warranties, technical issues and upgrading.(3)
Since its founding in 1985, Irvine, Calif.-based Gateway has been a technology pioneer, offering award-winning products and world-class service to customers worldwide. Gateway is a wholly owned subsidiary of Acer Inc., the world’s third-largest PC company. See www.gateway.com for more information.