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I get a lot of early announcements about upcoming products, almost always under embargo until the OEM is ready to have the product officially released.  Normally I don’t have a problem honoring those embargoes but this new Convertible Notebook from Gateway is so sweet that I […]

Gateway_jkI get a lot of early announcements about upcoming products, almost always under embargo until the OEM is ready to have the product officially released.  Normally I don’t have a problem honoring those embargoes but this new Convertible Notebook from Gateway is so sweet that I had a hard time keeping this to myself.  The new Gateway E-155C Convertible Notebook is a 12 inch widescreen packing, Core 2 Duo spinning, dual digitizing Tablet PC with an internal optical drive.  Weighing in at 4.5 pounds the E-155C is light enough to be used in most mobile settings and the powerful hardware components will handle any task with ease.

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Conversations I’ve had with Gateway indicate the E-155C has an intelligent dual digitizer that has the touch screen automatically deactivate when the pen (with digital eraser) gets close to the screen. I’m happy to report the active digitizer is a Wacom digitizer, the best in the business.  It’s obvious that Gateway listened to users and has incorporated a lot of usability features into the E-155C, including a hardware button that launches the Windows Mobility Center.  There are three hard drive options, 60, 80, and 120 GB all spinning at 5400 RPM.  Prices start at $1,849.99 with another version going on sale in May for $1,499.99.  I can’t get my hands on one of these babies (are you listening, Gateway?)  Below are the key features and you’ll find the full press release (and more pics) after the jump.

  • Intel PRO/wireless 3945 802.11a/b/g
  • Wacom digital pen with digital eraser
  • 12.1" WXGA screen
  • Memory expandable to 4 GB
  • Support for Intel® Core™ 2 Duo U7500 Ultra Low Voltage Processor
  • Mobility center button gives customers one-touch access to mobility settings when used with Vista
  • SATA 5400RPM hard drive in 60GB, 80GB or 120GB capacities
  • Advanced security with optional Computrace Complete tracking software
  • Fixed CD-RW/DVD, DVD Burner and Weightsaver options

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GATEWAY CONVERTIBLE NOTEBOOK Puts a new spin on Classroom studies, OFFICE PRODUCTIVITY

Thin-and-Light Notebook with Tablet Capabilities Boasts 12-inch Widescreen Display, Touch Screen, Digital Pen; Ideal for Growing Tablet Demand in Education Segment

IRVINE, Calif., April 19, 2007 – Gateway today unveiled the new Gateway® E-155C Thin & Light Convertible notebook, which gives customers the benefits of Tablet computing with digital pen and touch screen capabilities in a sleek, thin-and-light form factor.

The Gateway E-155C infuses keyboard, digital pen, and touch-screen input capabilities into a single mobile device optimized for Microsoft Windows Vista. Customers can use the Gateway E-155C to access information, applications and multimedia content as well as take handwritten notes, draw diagrams, edit documents and enjoy full PC functionality, making it the ultimate productivity tool for education and business environments.

One of the thinnest and lightest convertible notebooks on the market with an integrated optical drive, the Gateway Convertible Notebook will impress customers with its features optimized for mobile computing, such as a 12-inch widescreen display, an Intel® Core™ 2 Duo processor and a biometric fingerprint reader. Plus, the Gateway E-155C has a new industrial design that starts at only 4.5 pounds.(1)

“Gateway has been leading the Tablet market with innovative products since 2002, and this product rounds out our portfolio, giving customers a family of Convertible Notebooks from a single provider,” said Ray Sawall, Gateway’s senior manager of mobile computing. “The Gateway E-155C’s touch-screen and digital pen capabilities powered by leading-edge hardware and Microsoft Windows Vista add the flexibility that makes Tablet computing so effective in non-traditional environments, such as learning labs, meetings, the sales field, and anywhere customers learn, work and live.”

            Gateway is introducing the new E-155C at an ideal time. The America’s Digital Schools 2006 report, conducted by The Greaves Group and The Hayes Connection, forecasted that Tablet PCs are one of the fastest growing product segments for students over the next five years. An overview of the report findings is available at: http://www.ads2006.org/main/pdf/ADS2006KF.pdf

Tom Greaves of The Greaves Group stated, “While we see substantial growth in both the mobile PC and Tablet PC spaces in this year’s educational spending mix, the expected sales growth of Tablet PCs is approximately three times higher than the sales growth of traditional notebook PCs. We anticipate that as more user-friendly, performance oriented models like the Gateway E-155C come to market, a growing number of educational institutions will consider them for their students, faculty and staff.”

Several education customers have used previous generation convertible notebooks and are now considering the Gateway E-155C for their faculty, staff and student populations.

Dr. B. Keith Rowland, Radford City Schools’ director of elementary education and instructional technology, stated, “Our teachers are very impressed with the flexibility that the Gateway convertible notebook affords them. It lets our educators be more creative in developing interactive lesson plans, which improves student engagement.  We look forward to taking our Tablet PC program a step further by rolling out these notebooks to our students in the future.”

The system’s vibrant 12-inch WXGA widescreen TFT Active Matrix Display is the perfect palette for accessing applications by digital pen or touch screen. When used with Microsoft Windows Vista, customers will experience improved writing recognition, greater pen accuracy, improved hardware button support and more flexibility in user-configurable commands. The new touch-screen capabilities mean customers can access information by touching the screen with a fingertip or other pointing device. Also, the widescreen format gives customers ample room for viewing new features in Microsoft Windows Vista such as Sidebar mini-applications as well as multiple applications or documents at once. In addition, the display’s anti-reflection polarizer improves viewing in sunlight and bright conditions, extending the unit’s usability outdoors and making it ideal for students and organizations with field personnel.

A pioneer in the Convertible Notebook market, Gateway understands the unique requirements for the segment and has developed the Gateway E-155C with an all new industrial design that is easy-to-use. Measuring 1.17-inches thin, the new Thin & Light Convertible has room for an integrated optical drive, so an external model isn’t required to read DVD and CD applications. Plus, the lightweight Gateway E-155C provides several battery options so the PC can be optimized for mobility or long battery life. A number of design features let customers make the most of battery life, including a dedicated wireless on/off switch and an ambient light sensor that detects the light atmosphere and adjusts the display brightness.

The notebook also features an integrated UPEK fingerprint reader that can be used for user authentication and data protection as well as for mouse-like cursor movement and scrolling in Tablet mode. Making navigation even easier, the new Gateway E-155C features dedicated “enter” and “back” buttons to the right of the finger print reader.

Additional design enhancements include the unique double swivel hinge, which lets the display swivel 180 degrees in either direction. The notebook even provides a “reminder” to store the digital pen; if the system is turned off without the digital pen in the garage, the user is alerted with an audio alarm and flashing LED. The notebook was also designed with a high-impact magnesium casework, which improves durability and strength, while minimizing the notebook’s size and weight.

Pricing and Availability
The Gateway E-155C is available for order now at prices starting at $1,849.99. For configuration details, go to http://www.gateway.com/lightconvertible <http://www.gateway.com/lightconvertible&gt; . In early May, Gateway will offer a version of the product for home and home office customers, the Gateway C-120X, which will be priced starting at $1,499.99.

Additional Key Features
Intel PRO/wireless 3945 802.11a/b/g
Wacom digital pen with digital eraser
Support for Intel® Core™ 2 Duo U7500 Ultra Low Voltage Processor
Mobility center button gives customers one-touch access to mobility settings when used with Vista
SATA 5400RPM hard drive in 60GB, 80GB or 120GB capacities(2)
Advanced security with optional Computrace Complete tracking software
Fixed CD-RW/DVD, DVD Burner and Weightsaver options

Warranty, Service and Support
The new Gateway E-155C is supported by the company’s standard limited warranty options(3). Additional service and support options are also available.(4) 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.

Gateway Professional
From award-winning servers to innovative notebooks and professional services, Gateway has served organizations for 21 years.  It recently earned number one customer satisfaction ratings from Technology Business Research for both corporate notebooks and desktops, by delivering the innovative products and outstanding service customers want.  Gateway’s mission is to exceed customers’ expectations for quality, innovation and service with 100-percent U.S.-based telephone technical support for its professional customers, a configure-to-order assembly facility in Nashville, Tenn. and a Best Practices Tech Support Center in S.D.  The company offers programs designed specifically for the needs of customers in education, government and businesses as well as reseller partners.  Gateway customers include many of the world’s leading organizations, such as the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency, the University of Arizona, state of California, state of New York, Los Angeles Unified School District and others. For more information on Gateway Professional solutions, visit http://www.gateway.com/business <http://www.gateway.com/business&gt; .

About Gateway
Since its founding in 1985, Irvine, Calif.-based Gateway (NYSE: GTW) has been a technology pioneer, offering award-winning PCs, servers and related products to consumers, businesses, government agencies and schools. Gateway is the third largest PC company in the U.S. and among the top ten worldwide. The company’s value-based eMachines brand is sold exclusively by leading retailers worldwide, while the premium Gateway line is available at major retailers, over the web and phone, and through its direct and indirect sales force. See http://www.gateway.com/ <http://www.gateway.com/&gt; for more information.

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(1)                      Weight varies with options.
(2)                      Accessible capacity varies; MB = 1 million bytes; GB = 1 billion bytes; TB = 1 trillion bytes.
(3)                      Limited warranties and service agreements apply; visit gateway.com or call 1-800-846-2000 for a free copy. Service agreements are issued and performed by third parties. May not be available in all locations.
(4)                      Service methods subject to change without notice or obligation.

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  1. James;

    Do you know what the difference will be for the new model in May? No imbedded optical drive perhaps?

    I really like the unit but don’t “need” a fixed optical drive and if the one coming in May doesn’t have that feature but everything else (or close to it) I’ll wait and save myself a couple few hundred dollars.

    Any deets that you are now able to share?

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  2. Excellent product for education sold at 1’850$???
    I hope they are kidding. The rich kids in my classes (personal experience here!) get macbook pros (1’800$ with the education price), but we are talking about 1 or maybe 2. The other majority have macbooks, mostly whites (1000$, with Columbia price) and the rest have either a cheap notebook or simple sheets and pen (<1000$).

    So I guess Gateway is making a mistake here stating it is for education (although it remains a nice laptop).

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  3. Nikoooo;

    Yeah, I thought the price is kind of high as well when compared even to some other convertible tablets but I am really hoping James can shed some light on what to expect in the lower priced model.

    With the push of UMPCs and the Intel announcements, I would think OEMs would start to take a serious a look at how much these things cost before declaring an $1,800 + unit as “affordable.”

    OEMs can charge whatever they want for their products but don’t blame the market if it doesn’t sell because you priced it too high.

    Didn’t Gateway used to be that sweet spot between features and cost? A solid performer that didn’t break the bank?

    Despite all of that, I REALLY like the specs, looks and features on this tablet and am waiting for James to reply to know if I can cross all of the other choices off my list while waiting for the more affordable (at least for me) model in May.

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  4. Apparently the gottabemobile team will receive a demo unit in a few days… ;)

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  5. This is a fairly cute machine (I have one in front of me right now). The 360 swivel is a bonus compared to competitive models from Toshiba and Lenovo. The Gateway reps I talked to did not know what the 120X would be sacrificing to drive the price point down for consumers. It doesn’t fix some of the fundamental problems we have with all the tablets, which is unfortunate (screen rotation for projecting, for instance).

    Bluetooth connectivity to the port replicator is a nice touch, as is them finally going with the Wacom-style pen. Having the VGA port on the side is also nice.

    So many choices, so little time to make the decision….

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  6. I just got this Gateway Tablet PC. I read how “the intelligent dual digitizer automatically deactivates the touch screen when the pen gets close to the screen.” It ain’t happenin. As soon as my hand touches the screen it goes all wacko and tries to connect the tip of the pen with the side of my hand. Yuck. I even fooled around with the sensitivity and palm check settings. Nothing helped.

    How can I set it so that the ONLY input device is the tip of the pen? Any ideas, anyone? My e-mail is ffeldon@coastline.edu. Thanks! Fred

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