Gateway LT2016U Netbook Review

Software and Performance:

One of the main functions of the Gateway Netbooks is to get you on-line, and that is done by using the preinstalled VZAccess Manager program. When it is launched, it lists all the available connections and their signal strength, which includes Verizon Wireless (EV and 1X) and any local Wi-Fi signals. We selected “Verizon Wireless” on the list, as it showed 3 out of 4 bars of EVDO Rev A, and we were on-line within seven seconds. Web browsing using Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 worked well, and complex sites, such as PhoneArena.com, only took 13 seconds to completely load.

We also ran a series of speed tests using two scenarios:
1)    The internal Mobile Broadband card using Verizon’s EVDO Rev A network.
2)    Wi-Fi connected to our home WLAN using Comcast cable modem 16Mbps service.



The first test we downloaded a 121MB file from the Nvidia web site. When using the internal Mobile Broadband card, the file downloaded in 16 minutes and 50 seconds, and had an average download rate of 121KB/sec. Then when using our Wi-Fi connection with our home network, the same file downloaded in 2 minutes and 7 seconds, with a rate of 976KB/sec.

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For the second test we measured the download and upload speed from http://speedtest.net and used the Miami FL server location (as Ft Lauderdale was having issues). The internal Mobile Broadband card achieved 1.46Mbps download and 0.44Mbps upload, while the home Wi-Fi connection speed was 12.15Mbps download and 8.18Mbps upload. We should also point out that the ping test while using the Mobile Broadband was card was 261ms, but was only 26ms when using the home Wi-Fi connection.



ConnectionInternal Mobile Broadband EVDO RevAHome Wi-Fi withComcast
Speed

121MB download fromNvidia16 min 50sec
121KB/sec
2 min 7sec
976KB/sec
Speedtest.net1.46Mbpsdown
0.44Mbps up
261msPing
12.15Mbps down
8.18Mbpsup
26ms Ping


As we expected, using a Wi-Fi WLAN connection, which is provided by home/office broadband, will have the fastest download and upload speeds. However, this is not always possible, and that is when the internal Mobile Broadband card and Verizon data service come into play. For average web browsing and email, EVDO Rev A is fast enough, including the occasional file download, watching streaming videos from YouTube and Hulu, or using the webcam. However, if you are going to download a lot of files, such as the 250MB download we had to do using Windows Update, then Wi-Fi would be best, as it’s faster and does not deduct usage from your Verizon data plan.



The Gateway Netbook comes with Windows XP Home Edition with SP3, you can do pretty much anything with it that can be done on a laptop or desktop PC, though we wish it came with Windows 7 preinstalled. Additional programs included on the Gateway Netbook are Adobe Reader, Flash Player, Norton Internet Security (trial), Microsoft Works 9 SE, Microsoft Office 2007 (trial), and Google Desktop. We were able to download and install FireFox, Real Player, and QuickTime Player without any problems.

The included 6-cell battery is rated to provide up to 6 hours of use. During our testing we were able to get up to 5 ½ hours of continuous use while using the Netbook with Verizon’s EVDO internet connection. This is 3 hours longer than we got when using the HP Mini 1151NR.

Conclusion:

The Gateway LT2016U is a very capable Netbook, as it offers pretty much the same features as the HP Mini 1151NR, but with a larger hard drive, more traditional styled keyboard, and longer battery life. If you are a business professional or student and need a Netbook to last all day, then the Gateway LT2016U is for you. However, with the HP Mini 311 being released soon, you might want to hold off just a bit, as it will have Windows 7, 2GB RAM, and Nvidia ION graphics, but will come at a higher cost.

Pros

  • Supports Verizon EVDO Rev A and global roaming
  • 10.1” Widescreen display
  • Long battery life
  • 160GB hard drive
  • Wi-Fi 802.11b/g
  • Webcam

Cons

  • Should have come with Windows 7, not XP
  • Only 1GB RAM

PhoneArena Rating:

8.5

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