December 5, 2011
- Stylish, portable design
- Above average battery life
- USB 3.0 & Intel Wi-Di connections
- Solid performance
- Touchpad issues
- Poor display viewing angles
The Gateway ID47H07u is a 14-inch notebook with an extremely stylish design and extra long battery life. Gateway has updated this model with a speedier processor and Intel's wireless display technology, so it's a worthy choice for shoppers looking for a good laptop with a good price.
The design of the Gateway ID47H07u is one that's definitely worth talking about. It has a brushed aluminum-alloy lid and body with a matte black bottom and sides. Because of the alloy, it has a very sturdy feel to it that seems like it can withstand the bumps associated with frequently on-the-go use. In total, it measures 13 x 8.9 x 1.1-inches (wdh) and weighs about 4.6-pounds.
The island-style keyboard provided a good, comfortable typing experience with only some minimal flex in the keys. We had no issues with things like awkwardly placed or sized keys either. The function buttons are also reversed, so you have one-touch access to things like volume and brightness controls without the need to use a 'Fn' button. The 3.9 x 2.3-inch touchpad has a glossy, slick blue surface that looks really great, but it does show fingerprints quite easily. It is multitouch enabled, so gestured like pinch to zoom will work, but we found them to be a little "jerky", so perhaps the touchpad's sensitivity could use some adjustment.
Gateway includes a 14.1-inch glossy display that has a native resolution of 1366 x 768-pixels, so it's above 720p HD resolution, which makes for a good viewing experience. We found images to be crisp, clear and had colors well represented. However, the viewing angles were very limited, so color inverting was common with off-centered viewing.
Gateway also includes a generous selection of ports on their ID47H07u laptop, which includes one USB 3.0 port, two USB 2.0 ports, HDMI-out, VGA-out, Ethernet, audio-in/out and a 5-in-1 memory card reader. As with all of the computers that we review, we appreciate the USB 3.0 port because it's rapidly becoming standard with new computers so we'd hate to recommend a laptop that's already somewhat outdated because if it lacked one. There is also 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Intel's wireless display (Wi-Di) technology, which lets you stream HD video wirelessly to an HDTV with a supported adapter (purchased separately). The optical disc drive is a SuperMulti drive with DVD+/-RW capabilities.
In terms of internal specifications, the Gateway ID47H07u has an Intel Core i5-2430M 2.4GHz CPU, 4GB of RAM, a 500GB 5400RPM hard drive and Intel HD 3000 graphics. With these specifications, it can easily handle demanding tasks and multimedia streaming. The updated, speedy CPU in partnership with the 4GB of RAM provides good, solid performance that almost any user will appreciate. That said, it isn't the fastest 14-inch notebook that we've tested, but for the price, it's got excellent speed vs. value ratings.
Graphics performance is limited to the usual, like streaming HD video, but not any serious 3D gaming. This is due to the Intel integrated graphics, which lack the power required for today's 3D games, so if gaming is your thing, this isn't the laptop for you.
Battery life is above average in our tests as we were able to get about 7 to 7.5-hours of juice out of it while the category average is about 5.5 to 6 hours.