The Skinny: Not really known for their gaming wares, Gateway's FX Edition notebooks bring the fire with NVIDIA GeForce 8800M GTS graphics cards, HDMI out and eSATA ports, 17-inch WUXGA screen (1920x1200) displays, and HD DVD drive options. The top of the line P-171XL rocks a Core 2 Extreme X7900 proc, 3 gigs of RAM and dual 200GB HDs for $3k, which isn't bad on the price front. The Catch: The battery life in a phrase? It sucks balls.
GATEWAY'S FIRST FX EDITION NOTEBOOK IS A MOBILE MEDIA AND GAMING POWERHOUSE
Gateway extends attributes of its award-winning FX-Series desktop PCs to new notebook line to deliver leading-edge mobile performance at competitive prices
LAS VEGAS AND IRVINE, Calif., Jan. 7, 2008 — Gateway today debuts its new P-Series FX Edition notebooks, giving tech enthusiasts and gamers everything they need in a notebook PC without the price premium typically associated with such PCs. (See additional announcement today from Gateway regarding new FX desktops.)
Gateway's lauded "FX" line of desktop PCs for digital media, gaming and other advanced applications was the inspiration for the new "FX Edition" notebooks. Like Gateway's FX desktop line, the new P-Series FX Edition notebooks provide the outstanding performance and features that PC enthusiasts demand. The notebook line includes world-class technologies, such as the NVIDIA® GeForce™ 8800M GTS 512MB GDDR3 graphics solution, HDMI and ESATA ports, as well as a vibrant 17-inch display.
Gateway designed the P-Series FX Edition to be available with a range of technology and features at varied price points. So, while the new notebook line is ideal for demanding gamers and enthusiasts who want the latest technology, it will also be perfect for digital media hobbyists and casual PC game players.
"The first-rate features give the P-Series FX Edition notebooks the extra edge for everything from editing a video of a special vacation or playing the latest DirectX™ 10 games," said Todd Titera, Gateway's senior manager of mobile products. "And while enthusiasts and gamers will love the new notebooks, independent professionals such as photographers, designers and developers will appreciate that they can use the P-Series FX Edition's advanced technology and features to remain productive while away from the office."
The Gateway P-Series FX Edition will be available this week from Gateway and from Best Buy® retail stores.
Designed for Enthusiasts from the Inside Out
Delivering an impressively fast mobile gaming experience, the Gateway P-Series FX Edition utilizes the NVIDIA® GeForce® 8800M GTS graphics solution with 512MB of GDDR3 discrete video memory with DirectX™ 10 support to deliver outstanding performance typically found only on high-end desktop PCs. The new notebooks boast advanced performance technology. Most models come with an Intel® Core 2 Duo™ processor with Intel Centrino™ Mobile Technology. Gateway will sell its high-end configuration, the P-171XL FX Edition, direct to consumers with the latest in mobile PC processing - the Intel Mobile Extreme X7900 processor - which can be overclocked for even greater responsiveness. This model also features a HD-DVD drive (DVD-RW).
The new P-Series FX Edition notebook line has a large and vibrant 17-inch widescreen display, available either in WXGA+ (1440x900) or WUXGA (1920x1200) resolutions, depending on the model. The impressive display delivers stunning visuals on everything from productivity applications and digital media hobbies to ultra-realistic gaming.
In addition to being the ideal PC for gaming and digital media enthusiasts, the P-Series FX Edition also has the features needed for those in the arts, graphics, design and engineering fields, as well as those in financial industries such as accounting and economics. The notebook's large widescreen size and advanced graphics and processing technology make it the optimal notebook for viewing large and complex documents, digital renderings, graphics, drafting, schematics, video and spreadsheets. Further enhancing productivity, the notebook's widescreen design also makes room for a full-sized keyboard with a dedicated numeric keypad, so number entry is quick and easy.
The distinctive look and feel of the P-Series FX Edition notebook starts from its solid design. It's made with a high-impact finish that withstands the challenges of mobile computing. Emblazoned with a Copper Core "FX" on the cover and Copper Core keyboard profile accented with a dark metal surround, the P-Series FX Edition has a stand-out image that conveys its leading-edge capabilities.
Leading-Edge Technology for Mobile Computing
The Gateway P-Series FX Edition notebook line comes with the latest technology that makes it a mobile powerhouse. The HDMI media connection lets consumers connect their P-Series FX Edition notebook to a display device (TV, monitor) to view applications, games, digital media content, as well as high-definition video and audio through a single connection. Frequently-used audio and video functions such as play, stop, fast-forward, and rewind can be conveniently accessed via the stylish multimedia panel with precision-cut keys integrated into the keyboard surround. Plus, the P-Series FX Edition features high-definition audio for superb sound that can be easily controlled by the new touch-sensitive volume slide. Access to flash media is quick and easy thanks to the notebook's 5-in-1 media card reader.
The new P-Series FX Edition features the best in connectivity options. The notebooks come with an integrated web-cam and 802.11 Draft-N wireless so consumers can stay connected on the go to the Internet, via emails and with video conferencing. All models also come with Gigabit Ethernet for a fast network connection, while Bluetooth technology lets customers wirelessly connect to peripherals such as printers, mobile phones, keyboards and mice. The wireless connections can be turned off with a dedicated switch for power conservation or use on a plane.
The P-Series FX Edition notebooks include several additional features that provide customers with additional functionality. The eSATA port delivers an industry-leading fast connection to external storage devices. Select models feature an integrated fingerprint reader that can be used for user authentication, data protection and for banking passwords to password-provided websites, folders, documents and applications.
Configurations, Pricing and Availability
Gateway will sell the P-Series FX Edition through its direct channels at www.gateway.com and 1-800-GATEWAY.
The flagship model, the Gateway P-171XL FX Edition, comes with an Intel Core 2 Extreme X7900 processor, NVIDIA® GeForce™ 8800M GTS 512MB GDDR3, 17-inch WUXGA display (1920x1200), 3072MB of DDR2 SDRAM, 400GB(1) of storage (two 200GB 7200RPM SATA hard drives) and an HD-DVD player (DVD-RW). It is priced at $2,999.99 and will be available Jan. 10.
The Gateway P-171S FX Edition will be available with an Intel Core 2 Duo T7250 processor, NVIDIA® GeForce™ 8800M GTS 512MB GDDR3, 17-inch WXGA+ display, 3072MB of DDR2 SDRAM, a 250GB(1) 5400RPM SATA hard drive and a slot-load multi-format dual layer DVD-R/RW/DVD-RAM drive with LabelFlash™ technology(2) which lets users laser-burn scratch-resistant personalized images directly on CDs and DVDs. It is priced at $1,599.99 and will be available Jan. 10.
The Gateway P-171X FX Edition comes with the new Intel Core 2 Duo T8300 processor, NVIDIA® GeForce™ 8800M GTS 512MB GDDR3, 17-inch WUXGA display, 3072MB of DDR2 SDRAM, a 200GB(1) 7200RPM SATA hard drive and a slot-load multi-format dual layer DVD-R/RW/DVD-RAM drive with LabelFlash technology(2). It is priced at $1,999.99 and will be available Jan. 31.
In addition, the Gateway P-Series FX Edition will be available at Best Buy retail stores. The premier model, the Gateway P-6831FX, will be available beginning this weekend at the price of $1,349.99. It comes with the 17-inch WXGA+ display, NVIDIA® GeForce™ 8800M GTS 512MB GDDR3, an Intel Core 2 Duo T5450 processor, 3072MB of DDR2 SDRAM and a 250GB(1) 5400RPM SATA hard drive. The multi-format dual layer DVD-R/RW/DVD-RAM drive comes with LabelFlash technology(2).