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Gateway's Afordable NX260X Laptop

By: Kellie K. Speed

Gateway has introduced the most affordable laptop in its class – the NX260X – offering a versatile unit for travelers. The supercharged laptop has a large 14.1" widescreen display that provides a brilliant showcase for multimedia with the included Microsoft XP Media Center Edition operating system.

This thin and light notebook also features an integrated 7-in-1 media card reader, multiple wireless connectivity options and extended battery life. The large keyboard and Core 2 duo processor make it the perfect portable companion for travelers.

The newly improved unit offers a great graphical workspace and large screen without being too bulky. The newer NX260X system is slightly wider and thicker than the previous release and also increased its weight by one-half pound.

What also makes this unit stand apart is its low price at under $1,000. The long battery life and integrated wireless make it a great deal.

  • Description:
    • Intel Core 2 Duo T5500 Mobile Processor
    • 512MB PC2-4200 DDR2 Memory
    • 80GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
    • 24x CD-RW/DVD Combo Drive
    • 14.1" WXGA (1280x800) Wide LCD
    • Intel GMA 950 Integrated Graphics with 128MB Shared Memory
    • v.92 56Kbps Modem, Gigabit Ethernet and 802.11a/b/g Wireless
    • Four USB 2.0, One FireWire, One Type II PC Card and 7-in-1 Card Reader
    • 13.4" x 9.8" x 1.4" @ 5.5 lbs.
    • Windows XP MCE, MS Works, McAfee Internet Security

This model was upgraded by Gateway to improve upon processing power as it was increased from a Pentium M to the new Intel Core 2 Duo T5500, improving battery life over the older model.

This laptop is not ideal for users looking to burn DVDs as the latest release has a standard CD-RW/DVD combo drive, allowing the user to record music and data CDs but not enabling the ability to play DVDs.

The Gateway NX260X has a great amount of memory for a traveler’s needs, along with an ample size hard drive to store all your information that you want to keep with you when you are on the go.

With features like the multiple wireless connectivity options and extended battery life, along with the media card reader makes the Gateway NX260X an excellent notebook computer at a reasonable price. 

For more information on Gateway, call 800-369-1409 or visit them online at

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Kellie K. Speed is a freelance travel writer and restaurant reviewer. Her features have been published in various publications including The Boston Globe, Cahnersí Industrial Distribution and Graphic Arts Monthly magazines and Reno Air Approach.

Kellie has reviewed numerous first-class hotels and travel destinations, including Hawaii, California, Arizona, Bermuda and Mexico, to name a few. She has also traveled internationally to Ireland, England, France, Germany, Belgium and the Czech Republic. Next year, she is planning a trip to Tahiti.

Since she is from Massachusetts, she will be providing reviews of local restaurants for Travel-Watch.

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