Gateway NV52L08U ReviewGateway NV52L08U ReviewDorin Andrei
Today we’ll be taking a look at yet another Gateway laptop. Now usually these laptops aren’t the strongest of them all, but this one is no usual laptop. This particular gateway laptop (Gateway NV52L08U) is a cut above the rest having a hardware configuration that is a bit superior to the rest of the gateway laptops. Even so, this device is still pretty weak compared to other laptops. You can read the rest of the Gateway NV52L08U Review below!
Now I am ashamed to admit that I do not really know all that much about AMD / ATI, and this laptop is equipped with just that. However, I am good with technology in general, and judging by the Cache size of the processor of this laptop, I’d say it’s pretty weak compared to some of the Intel “i” series processors, even the i3 one. This thing raises a few questions as the device also costs around 500 dollars and for that price you can easily find a handful of laptops which are equipped with the previously mentioned processor. Even so, it probably has its ups as well, you can never say for certain unless you are actually holding the device.
At the time of this review, the Gateway NV52L08U was priced below $500, and there we’re only 3 left in stock.
Who is it for? discussing who would benefit most from this laptop...
From a student's perspective, I can honestly say that you don't really have a whole lot of free time for any activity such as gaming, watching movies or something like that. Therefore, you don't really need something with a lot of performance. However, if you a bit of spare time, you will actually be happy to have that extra bit of muscle in the back you can rely on. That is why this laptop is perfect for a student. Gateway NV52L08U has all the necessary strength to run any school program and enough extra power as to run a whole bunch of other stuff as well.
- Casual User
From all the casual users I know of I have managed to pull out a singe conclusion: none of them is really all that skilled in the use of a PC, so none of them actually use it to its full potential. The only activities they mostly run are web-browsing, social networks, movies, music and the occasional arcade game. Therefore a PC with the basic strength should be sufficient for most casual users. That is why I would not recommend Gateway NV52L08U to the average casual user. Basically, it can easily run all the tasks a casual user has for it, but so can any under 400$ laptop. But if you're willing to spend the $450-$500 to buy this laptop, it will probably help you on the long term (by using it a longer period of time before buying another laptop).
- Business User
The way I see it, a business user should value mobility above all else. That is why I believe that the perfect laptop for a business user should be the Ultrabook, however, knowing how much one of those costs, I guess other alternatives can be found. This laptop can serve any business user just fine. The Gateway NV52L08U has all the required components for a business user, and then some. Although, for this price, you can also probably find a very cheap Ultrabook as well. Now I'm not saying you should avoid this laptop, I'm just saying that you also have alternatives.
- Power User
From my eyes, a power user is somebody with the know-how and willingness to push the PC to its limits. That is why I believe a power user laptop should have almost all components at their peak. While I cannot find a great use for a strong dedicated video card on a power user laptop, I find the rest of components to be a must. Under normal circumstances, power users choose the stronger laptops possible. But if you are on a budget, provided you upgrade the RAM first on this laptop (Gateway NV52L08U), it should run quite an astonishing number of tasks at the same time, and thus be suitable for power users.
The gaming laptop is basically the power user laptop to which you add a strong video card as well. Therefore, what I said previously about the power user laptops can also be applied here. Provided you upgrade the RAM and don't have too high expectations from it, this laptop should run quite a large number of games.It won't have all that performance in some of the newer titles, but apart from that, it should do just fine. Overall, games of 2012 will run fluently with low details with Gateway NV52L08U.
PROs Vs. CONs
One of the best things about this laptop is that it comes with Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium pre-installed on it. This means not only that it isn't hard to set up, but you also get an included Windows 7 license in the price.
One of the main disadvantages of this laptop is that it has some pre-installed programs. Now normally that isn't such a big problem, but it's a nuisance for the majority of us. Most people already have a favorite suit of programs they always use, so they will have to uninstall all of the pre-installed ones first. It's up to you do decide if the pre-installed software will help you.
User Reviews: what others think?I am sorry to say that as of yet there are no user reviews I could find. However, YOU could be the first to review this laptop: you just have to purchase it and post your opinion about it on the internet for the whole world to see.
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SummaryIn conclusion, this is a laptop that would be perfect for Students and Business users. It is also good for Casual users, but then again so is any other PC you can find for less than 400 dollars. Gateway NV52L08U is also decent enough for Power Users and Gamers. Provided you upgrade the RAM to its maximum amount and don't try to overdo it and push the laptop past its limits, this device should easily suit just about all categories. Please let us know if you enjoyed reading the Gateway NV52L08U Review. Thank you!
Updated on January 6th, 2013