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Gateway is going to announce some new products tomorrow and given us the inside scoop.  I can tell you that one of these products is going to make Mr. Kevin Tofel go “oooh  aaaah”. First up is a new notebook PC that has some cool features.  […]

Gateway is going to announce some new products tomorrow and given us the inside scoop.  I can tell you that one of these products is going to make Mr. Kevin Tofel go “oooh  aaaah”.

Gateway NX570XFirst up is a new notebook PC that has some cool features.  The NX570X has a lot going for it, foremost is the price.  Only $899.99 it can be had for $699.99 with a $200 instant discount for the holidays.  It gets you a lot too with the following specs:

  • Processor: Intel Core Duo T2050 (1.6GHz, 2MB L2 Cache, 533MHz FSB)
  • Display: 15.4-inch Ultrabright™ WXGA widescreen
  • Memory: 512MB 667MHz DDR2 memory
  • Hard drive: 80GB 5400RPM SATA(1)
  • Optical: 8x DVD/CDRW combo drive
  • Media Reader: 6-in-1
  • Graphics: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950
  • Battery: 6-cell Lithium Ion
  • Wireless: Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG 802.11a/b/g
  • Bluetooth: Bluetooth V1.2
  • OS: Genuine Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition
  • Application Software: Microsoft Works 8.5

Gateway will also offer other configurations in the NX570 line that are Vista Premium Capable and Vista Ultimate Ready.

Gateway 24 incherNext up is the product that is going to make Kevin look twice.  The Gateway 24–inch HD Widescreen LCD is capable of 1080p HD and sports innovative touch screen controls for ease of use.  It sports a 1000:1 contrast ratio with a 6 ms. refresh rate.  One of the coolest features is the rotation making it possible to use the giant screen in either portrait or landscape mode.  You can add an optional Gateway Display Theater Sound System for great audio output from the 6 speakers that attach to the bottom of the display.  All of this can be had for the very reasonable price of $679.99.  Gateway is also introducing a budget version of the display that is 22 inches for only $399.99.

Full press releases after the jump.

IRVINE, Calif., Nov. 9, 2006 – Gateway Inc., today unveiled its new Gateway® 24-inch and 22-inch High Definition Widescreen LCDs, which deliver a premium viewing experience for PC, digital video and multimedia applications as well as universal connectivity to PCs and consumer electronic devices.

 

The new displays – the Gateway 24-inch HD Widescreen Display (FPD2485W) and the Gateway 22-inch HD Widescreen Display (FPD2285W) – feature leading-edge technologies including high definition resolutions and DCDi by Faroudja video processing. The displays are optimized for both computer and consumer electronics, offering a universal connection to content and video sources via multiple analog and digital video inputs. In addition, the new displays elevate the overall user experience with advanced features such as the new EzTouch™ touch-sensitive control system, auto-rotation capabilities and a high-fidelity speaker option.

 

“The new Gateway 24-inch and 22-inch HD Widescreen Displays are ideal for customers who want to enjoy the latest high-resolution PC applications and high-definition video at home and work,” said John Schindler, Gateway’s director of consumer product marketing. “The displays provide an all-around amazing viewing experience thanks to advanced technology and features that let customers enjoy newly-available high-definition and widescreen content. Plus, we’ve gone a step further to enhance the systems’ overall performance by adding innovative new features and high-performance audio capabilities.”

 

Schindler continued, “With these two products, we are building upon the success of our best-selling Gateway 21-inch and 19-inch High Definition Widescreen LCDs.”

 

According to leading consumer and retail information provider, The NPD Group, the Gateway 21-inch HD Widescreen LCD and Gateway 19-inch HD Widescreen LCD were each the number one selling displays at U.S. retail in their respective size categories in Q3 2006.

 

Superior Technology and Features for an Unsurpassed Viewing Experience

The new Gateway 24-inch and 22-inch HD Widescreen Displays are optimized to deliver a first-class viewing experience for PC, entertainment and digital media applications. The displays have integrated DCDi® by Faroudja video processing technology, which smoothes video playback and removes visual artifacts to deliver stunning images with precise detail, color and motion. The sleek LCDs can display multiple applications or documents side-by-side to enhance the productivity of office professionals as well as anyone in space-constrained environments, such as dorm rooms, call centers and hospitals. The displays are also ideal for use as a kiosk or for signage in a retail setting thanks to it extended viewing angle, brightness and broad selection of video inputs.

 

The new Gateway displays protect customers’ investment by supporting both current and future technologies. Built-in High-Bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP) allows full-fidelity playback of new digital high-definition content from Blu-Ray, HD-DVD, cable and satellite high-definition video services as well as content supported by Microsoft® Windows® Vista. The DVI port allows a connection to current and future PCs, while the widescreen aspect ratio is ideally suited for the ongoing migration to widescreen content and applications.

 

In addition to the DVI interface, both displays come with a variety of mainstream video ports including composite, S-Video, and VGA connectors as well as dual component interfaces on the 24-inch Display and a single component interface on the 22-inch Display. As a result, the displays provide universal connectivity to virtually any device, such as a PC, TV, set-top box or game console. The displays also feature a built-in, self-powered four-port USB 2.0 hub, so customers can conveniently connect any USB device, such as a digital camera, MP3 player, keyboard or mouse, directly into the display rather than having to connect into a USB port on the PC.

 

Touch-Sensitive Controls Are Sleek, Stylish, Easy-to-Use

The new Gateway HD Widescreen Displays debut with a new feature – the EzTouch bezel, which features stylish back-lit buttons that remain effectively invisible until needed. The touch-sensitive controls provide access to on-screen menus for tuning the brightness, contrast and other features of the display. Functioning similar to an ATM machine, the buttons light up as needed to guide the user through the display’s on-screen menu, helping customers to easily configure the display to get the look they want.

 

24-inch Model Offers Premium Viewing, High-End Sound in Sleek, Space-Saving Design

The Gateway 24-inch HD Widescreen LCD features an industry leading feature set, including high-resolution 1080p HD support. With a 1920×1200 resolution, customers can see the remarkably clear detail in both high-definition video and PC applications. Additionally, the 1000:1 contrast ratio, 450 cd/m2 brightness and fast 6 ms refresh rate all contribute to the display’s crisp, vibrant visuals. The premium viewing experience is further enhanced with an ultra-wide viewing angle of 178 degrees both horizontally and vertically.

 

The Gateway 24-inch HD Widescreen LCD offers positioning convenience and flexibility thanks to its built-in auto-rotation capability that allows the display to be viewed in both landscape and portrait modes. The Gateway EzTune™ software automatically adjusts the screen image when the monitor is moved between orientations. The standard height-adjustable stand can be raised, lowered, swiveled, tilted and rotated for customer comfort. In addition, the Gateway EzTune software provides advanced color calibration, a sought-after feature for photographers and those in design, graphics and the arts.

 

To further boost the media experience, the Gateway 24-inch Display offers a space-saving way to get high-fidelity sound usually only available with a dedicated multi-speaker sound system. The optional Gateway Display Theater Sound System with TDX Audio connects directly to the bottom of the Gateway 24-inch LCD, perfectly matching the display’s thin design. The Gateway Display Theater Sound System features six high-performance speakers and Neodymium magnet technology, which enhances the sound system’s ability to generate amazingly clean and high-volume sound with exceptional dynamic range.

 

Like the display itself, the optional sound system features Gateway’s innovative EzTouch™ controls, which give customers touch-sensitive control of audio including volume, treble and bass levels, mute, and audio source selection. The sound system includes dual headphone outputs, microphone pass-through for voice applications, and an additional auxiliary input to let users enjoy audio from secondary devices such as a portable MP3 player.  Additionally, the sound system incorporates an advanced 3D audio expander to provide increased stereo widening.

 

22-Inch Model Delivers High-Performance Features at a Mainstream Price

The Gateway 22-inch HD Widescreen LCD delivers many of the same high-performance features found in the 24-inch at a mainstream price. It features DCDi by Faroudja video processing for impressive video and movie viewing backed by excellent image quality with a 1680×1050 resolution, 300 cd/m2 brightness and a 700:1 contrast ratio. The 22-inch Display supports an optional height-adjustable stand, which lets customers experience the same positioning benefits available in the 24-inch Display; it can be raised, swiveled and rotated into portrait mode. The 22-inch Display has a built-in orientation sensor, which offers image auto-rotation when coupled with the height-adjustable stand.

 

Picture-In-Picture Capabilities and Security

Both the Gateway 24-inch and 22-inch HD Widescreen Displays offer advanced Picture-in-Picture (PIP) functionality, allowing users to work on computer applications while simultaneously viewing programming from cable, satellite or other video sources. The EzTune software allows users to adjust the PIP images to various levels of transparency. Plus, a simple roll-over of the mouse turns the smaller PIP screen invisible to let viewers see the screen behind it.  In addition, the PIP window can be moved to a new location on the screen by dragging it with the computer mouse.

 

Under the unique GatewayShield™ comprehensive security solution, Gateway provides the means for professional and home customers to protect their Gateway 24-inch and 22-inch HD Widescreen LCD. The system’s anti-theft mechanism allows customers to protect the display by setting it to function only with a specified PC, disabling the full functionality if it is removed. In addition, the display comes with lock slots so it can be physically anchored to a desk or other large object.

 

Availability, Pricing and Warranty

The new displays and optional accessories can be ordered now via Gateway’s Direct channels (www.gateway.com or 1-800-GATEWAY), as well as through Gateway’s professional organization. Both the Gateway 24-inch and 22-inch Displays come with a standard one-year limited warranty.(1)

 

The new Gateway 24-inch High Definition (HD) Widescreen Display (FPD2485W) is priced at $679.99 and is available now. The Gateway Display Theater Sound System for the 24” display is priced at $69.99. The Gateway 22-inch High Definition (HD) Widescreen Display (FPD2285W) is available now and is priced at $399.99. The optional height adjustable stand is priced at $69.99.

 

 

IRVINE, Calif., Nov. 9, 2006 – Gateway today debuts the Gateway® NX570 Series notebook PC, which features an all-new design that boasts a fusion of high-quality materials and performance technologies that contribute to the notebook’s sturdy design, distinctive look and feel and exceptional performance.

 

Gateway is giving customers even more reasons to buy a notebook from Gateway during the holiday selling season. From now through December 28, a select model of the new Gateway NX570 Series – the NX570X – will be offered with a $200 Instant Savings bringing its price down to $699.99. Plus, this model and all consumer notebooks will be offered with free shipping ($20 handling fee applies)(7) during this time frame.

 

“Mobile customers are taking their notebooks more places than ever, and as a result, they need a notebook that is sturdy enough to withstand everyday wear and tear and that looks great doing it,” said John Schindler, Gateway’s director of consumer product marketing. “The Gateway NX570 Series was developed with this in mind. Plus, it’s offered with all the latest technology at a tremendous value for holiday shoppers.”

 

The new Gateway NX570 Series features advanced performance technologies such as Intel® Core® Duo processors, integrated Bluetooth and 802.11a/b/g wireless. Configurations of the new notebook are Microsoft Vista Capable or Microsoft Vista Premium Ready(3) and are eligible for a for a free upgrade to Microsoft Windows Vista thanks to the Microsoft Windows Vista Express Upgrade Program. For more information, go to: www.gateway.com/vista/express.

 

The Gateway NX570 Series notebook PC is available now via Gateway’s Consumer Direct sales channels of phone and web: 1-800-GATEWAY or www.gateway.com.

 

Design Withstands Mobile Lifestyle; Premium Look Begs to be Shown Off

Designed for small businesses, home offices, students and consumers of all types, the new Gateway NX570 Series notebook has a high quality industrial design that incorporates an array of features that protect the structural integrity of the notebook while enhancing its aesthetic appeal. The Gateway NX570 Series incorporates a high-composite matte cover surface that is scratch- and fingerprint-resistant, so the notebook will retain its sleek and clean look. The aircraft-grade, brushed aluminum palmrest provides the strength of high-impact, lightweight metal to reinforce the notebook while enhancing the comfortable feel when using the keyboard.

 

The system’s design details will also appeal to discerning notebook PC buyers. The metal edge detailing creates solid structural protection against the bumps and bruises of mobile computing while elevating the notebook’s contemporary finish with a unique framed profile. Polished black lacquer treatments give the product rich detail and a deluxe appearance.

 

Several internal features have a dramatic impact on the notebook’s sturdy design. The high-impact magnesium infrastructure provides structural integrity without adding weight or bulk. The Constant Torque barrel hinge reinforces the stability of the display and reduces movement when the display is open.

 

These features are complimented by the notebook’s visually stunning 15.4-inch WXGA widescreen TFT Active Matrix display that vibrantly showcases graphics, video and applications. The display is available in standard or Ultrabright™ versions boasting a 1280 x 800 maximum resolution.

 

Mobile Performance Abounds

The notebook’s design is matched with high-end technology and an exceptional assortment of features and options. The notebook uses Intel® Core™ 2 Duo and Intel Core Duo processors for advanced performance. In addition, the NX570 includes leading graphics capabilities via dedicated ATI Mobility™ Radeon® x1400 graphics with 128MB of dedicated video memory or integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950 supporting up to 128MB of shared system memory. Both graphics solutions support Microsoft DirectX 9.0, making the PC ready for Microsoft® Windows® Vista™.

 

Like all Gateway notebooks sold via the company’s direct sales channels, the new Gateway NX570 is ready for work, studies and entertainment on the go. Intel® Centrino® Mobile Technology with 802.11 a/b/g wireless provides wireless access to the Internet. Bluetooth wireless technology lets customers enjoy a cord free connection to headsets, printers and other devices. The notebook also includes an integrated V.92 56K modem and integrated 10/100 Ethernet. Ample battery life ensures that customers can use their notebook in meetings, classes, or anywhere on the road. The NX570 provides battery life of four hours with the standard 6-cell Lithium Ion battery, five hours with the 8-cell battery and more than six hours with the 12-cell battery. (8)

 

Ready for Productivity, Digital Media, Entertainment

The new Gateway NX570 notebook can take on everything from productivity applications for work and school to digital media hobbies such as music downloading and digital photo editing. The system features a 6-in-1 media card reader for easily accessing the popular flash memory cards used in consumer electronics devices. The notebook can be connected directly to a digital camera, digital video camera and computer peripherals through its four USB 2.0 ports and IEEE 1394 port. Enjoying music is easy with the notebook’s front-facing headset jack.

 

The notebook provides multiple ways to access and store digital files. It comes with the option for an integrated multi-format double-layer DVD burner or a CD-RW/DVD-ROM combo drive. Ensuring customers have the capacity they need, the Gateway NX570 supports SATA hard drives ranging from 40GB to 160GB, as well as high-performance SATA 7200RPM hard drives ranging from 80GB to 100GB.(1)

 

All models come standard with Microsoft Windows XP® Media Center Edition 2005. Microsoft Windows XP Professional Edition is available as an option. The new notebook measures up to 1.40 inches thin and its weight starts at 6.32 pounds.(2)

 

Sample Configurations and Pricing

            Available to order now direct from Gateway, the new NX570 Series notebook PC can be configured with popular features and technology. The Gateway NX570X configuration, normally priced at $899.99, is discounted by $200 during the holiday sales period, bringing the price down to a low $699.99. The configuration follows:

 

NX570X

  • Processor: Intel Core Duo T2050 (1.6GHz, 2MB L2 Cache, 533MHz FSB)
  • Display: 15.4-inch Ultrabright™ WXGA widescreen
  • Memory: 512MB 667MHz DDR2 memory
  • Hard drive: 80GB 5400RPM SATA(1)
  • Optical: 8x DVD/CDRW combo drive
  • Media Reader: 6-in-1
  • Graphics: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950
  • Battery: 6-cell Lithium Ion
  • Wireless: Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG 802.11a/b/g
  • Bluetooth: Bluetooth V1.2
  • OS: Genuine Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition
  • Application Software: Microsoft Works 8.5

 

Security Features

GatewayShield™, a comprehensive security solution that combines hardware, data and Internet protection, is offered to support the new Gateway NX570.(9)  The notebook is available with optional Lojack for Laptops® software technology, which tracks it if lost or stolen.(10) The NX570 Series notebook comes with a 90-day trial of McAfee Internet Security Suite™ (Anti-Virus, Anti-Spam, Anti-Spyware, Firewall and Parental Control).(4) 

 

A pro-active service tool called BigFix® is included at no charge on all Gateway systems.(5) With the customer’s permission, BigFix identifies and sends messages offering updates to enhance the performance or capabilities of the PC.

 

Warranty, Service and Support

The new PCs are supported by the company’s standard limited warranty options.(6) Additional service and support options are available. 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. The company’s 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.

  1. “oooh aaaah”! These are great for Media Center functionality and the price is right!

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