Gateway Pushes the Limit with Optical Drive in a Netbook


Normally when we think of netbooks we think of very small, light notebooks with very limited components. Some OEMs have pushed the limit of the netbook definition by incorporating an 11.6-inch screen. Gateway is pushing the limit even harder with the introduction of its newest “netbook”, the EC14D. This new notebook, and I’m calling it what it really is, takes that 11-inch screen and attaches it to an integrated DVD drive. Yes, this little notebook adds the drive that most in its class forego. Other notable components included are the ULV processor and the multitouch capable trackpad. Here are the complete specs of the EC14D:

  • Intel® Pentium® ULV Processor SU4100 (1.3GHz, 2MB L2 cache, 800MHz FSB)
  • Windows7 Home Premium (64-bit)
  • 11.6-inch HD Widescreen Ultrabright LED-backlit TFT LCD (1366 x 768 resolution, 16:9 aspect ratio)
  • Mobile Intel®GS45 Express Chipset
  • Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD
  • 4096MB DDR2 Dual-Channel 667MHz memory upgradeable to 8GB
  • 320GB(2) 5400RPM SATA hard drive
  • Integrated 8X Super-Multi DVD player
  • Integrated webcam
  • Multi-in-1 digital media card reader
  • Intel® Wi-Fi Link 1000 802.11b/g/Draft-N WiFi CERTIFIED® featuring MIMO technology
  • Gigabit Ethernet LAN
  • Three USB 2.0 ports
  • HDMI port
  • Multi-Gesture Touchpad
  • Standard 6-cell Li-ion (5600 mAh) Battery
  • 3.55 lbs.
  • 11.49” (W) x 1.12” to 1.18” (H) x 8.33” (D)

The new notebook will be available later this month starting at $629.99. Hey, those beefier components cost more.



If you take this out in public, people will see it and say “nice netbook”, they aren’t going to say “nice notebook” or “nice laptop”. The reality is, it’s a netbook. Don’t be a sheep of Intel. Netbook is a concept, not a processor, not a specific piece of internal hardware.

Aside from that, this is great to see opticals in netbooks. I’m sure we are going to see one per company at some point. As long as you can watch a 3 hour movie, I’m sure people will be quite happy to buy one with an optical. Guess it depends on all the other factors like price and weight.

Chris K

This is hardly a netbook, the ULV CPU bumps it up to a compact ultralight. With that in mind, it’s refreshing to see *someone* bringing back the two-spindle ultralight (optical and HDD,) since the recent netbook trend seemed to drown that out for the most part.

Of course, the 4500MHD at least has enough oomph to handle Flash GPU acceleration, so this might actually be a good-enough ultralight for people who can’t get by on just an Atom.


Integrated Optical is NOT new in this space. Asus had one last year.


Why Pentium ULV and not Arrandale? Another clearance-house item from Intel.

I’d rather see one of those 18W ULV Core i5 processors in a device this size.


This reminds me of the Sony T series that have the 11.1″ screen with the multi DVD drive, which cost 1,899.99 at the time. I guess you can say this is a great deal compare to the Sony T. The specs are pretty close what the T series had. Now they have the TT Series which is a little better specs. Actually now that I think of it, the Sony was ahead of its time when they started selling the T Series. ;)


I’d buy it…
if only the touchpad wasn’t so small on Gateways. Well, there’s always a mouse option! :D

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