Magazine article MultiMedia Schools

Gateway Solo 1150 CL

Magazine article MultiMedia Schools

Gateway Solo 1150 CL

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Company: Gateway, Inc., RO. Box 2000,610 Gateway Drive, North Sioux City, South Dakota 57049; Phone: 800/846-4208; Web site: http://www. gateway.com/.

Description: The Gateway Solo 1150 CL Edition is a low-cost Windows ME notebook computer suitable for most productivity and multimedia uses. Specifications: The Solo 1150 CL is a portable laptop computer with a 550 MHz Intel Celeron processor and a 12.1-inch active matrix (800x 600) display.

The standard configuration includes: 64 MB SDRAM (expandable up to 192 MB), a 6 GB hard drive, lOx/24x CDROM drive, internal v.90 56K modem, 4 MB video RAM, integrated 16-bit sound, built-in stereo speakers, two USB ports, one SVGA port, one type II or one type III PC slot, nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) battery, and an AC adapter. The software bundle includes Windows Millennium Edition (ME), Microsoft Works Suite 2001 (with Word 2000), and Norton AntiVirus. The package also includes 1 year of America Online Internet access.

This machine was upgraded to include a 10/100 MB PCMIA network interface card to make it interoperable with most school-based Ethernet-compatible networks and home-based broadband Internet service providers. The cost of the upgrade was $125.

Price: $1,199-base price. $1,324as configured for this review (with an extra 64 MB RAM for $200).

Warranty: The purchase price includes a 1-year limited warranty on parts (including the LCD screen) and labor. Extended coverage plans, including on-site or 3-year programs, are available at an additional cost at the time of purchase.

Reviewer Comments

Installation: The Solo arrived with the software loaded and ready to use. All that was needed was to install the network card in the single PC expansion slot, connect the power adapter, and start the computer.

An introductory onscreen "movie" shows the basic layout of the machine and refers any questions to the clear and straightforward user's manual. Internet access is just as simple. Connect the modem port to the telephone line, click the AOL icon on the desktop, and within 5 minutes you are surfing the Web.

The bottom line: It took less than 15 minutes from delivery to the moment that I was online surfing the Internet. Excellent! Installation Rating. A Features: The intent of this review was to take a look at a relatively inexpensive, name-brand laptop and assess its capability to support the needs of the technology-integrating educator.

For its modest price, the Solo is a very feature-rich machine. The computer is fast, both in terms of processor response time and video-screen refresh. The basic 64 MB of memory is sufficient to run several programs simultaneously-including Microsoft Word 2000-without speed degradation. Since the modem is built-in, the lack of a second PCMIA expansion port is not really a significant limitation. The inclusion of two USB ports instead of only one greatly simplifies attaching USB-compatible peripherals and may save the cost of a USB expansion hub for the computer

The provided software bundle is excellent for the price and includes Microsoft Works Suite 2001 (with Microsoft Word 2000) and Norton AntiVirus.

The hard drive, while not huge at 6 GB, still has more than two-thirds of its capacity available when all of the bundled software is loaded. The LCD screen is crisp, clear, and bright. The system includes an SVGA output port, enabling the use of either an external monitor or some type of group presentation display. …

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