While everyone was fawning over Apple and its shiny-screened MacBooks, Gateway slipped the word out about its NS100X UltraPortable notebook. Since it's less than an inch thick, Gateway decided to call it ultrathin, and it's fairly light at 3.15 pounds with a 12.1-inch widescreen display at 1280x800 pixels.
But wait. Gateway inexplicably equipped the notebook with the limp-wristed Intel Core Solo processor at 1.06GHz or an optional 1.2GHz. Perhaps that weak chip spec was meant to keep the cost low, where pricing starts at $1399. Still hard to believe, especially considering that you can get a MacBook with a 1.83GHz Core Duo chip and a gig of RAM for $1199.
Trying to make up for that blunder is a little bit of RAM muscle with 1GB installed in the base model, along with a six-in-one media card reader, FireWire and USB 2.0 ports, built-in 802.11 a/b/g WiFi and loaded with Windows XP Pro. Still, what were they thinking? $200 more, slower chip? People will start not-buying the NS100X on May 26.