Gateway NV56R10u Review

First off, let me apologize for not really hearing too much about this Gateway series of laptops. Honestly, my first thought when I saw them was that this was a manufacturer. (I’m not sure, but I think they are created by Acer). In truth, I see now how wrong I was as these laptops are quite powerful (don’t forget that it’s still a budget laptop, though). Well, while they cannot be compared to the most powerful ones around, I sincerely believe that you will not find something much better for such a low budget.

Apart from the beautiful, sleek and elegant design, this laptop is also strong enough as to handle most things out there. It will work with any program, handle a hand-full of games and also withstand a bit of stressful usage. However, with all of these good things, I would not be a fair reviewer not to say this: while it can do all of those previously mentioned tasks, it cannot excel in either of them. This is an all-purpose laptop, but if you want performance in a certain domain such as Gaming or if you are a die-hard Power User, this is not the answer for you.

You can read the rest of my Gateway NV56R10u review below!

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Who is it for? discussing who would benefit most from this laptop...

  • Student
    From a student's perspective I can honestly say that not a whole lot of time remains for activities such as gaming. Therefore, a student won't require a whole lot of performance for his / her PC. All that is truly necessary is a PC that has enough strength as to run all of the programs required in school. And since most programs used in schools haven't been updated for close to a decade, I'd say any laptop would do. The price is also a very important factor to take into consideration, that is why I believe this Gateway NV56R10u would be perfect for a student in my opinion.

  • Casual User
    From the many casual users I know of, I have managed to drive a single conclusion that manages to cover it all: none of them truly require a whole lot of performance for their laptops / PCs. The only activities I've seen casual users do include and / or are limited to: web-browsing, social network using, movies and the occasional small game. Therefore, I'd go as far as to say that the Gateway NV56R10u is positively perfect for any Casual User. It may be a bit stronger than they all require, but it's good to have a bit of muscle you can rely on for when the need arises.

  • Business User
    The main thing a business user should consider is mobility, followed in close ties by performance. Also, on the performance side not a whole lot is required. about enough for a bit of multitasking should suffice as I myself have yet to find a program to require a great deal of hardware specs. I believe that the perfect choice of laptop for a business user would be an Ultrabook, but if that is out of the question I would easily recommend this device to any business user on a budget. Also take into consideration the fact that this model doesn't have a Bluetooth connection. Other than that, in my opinion the Gateway NV56R10u is a good laptop for business use and it will run most of the business app that I'm aware of.

  • Power User
    As far as I see things, and that's quite far, the Power User PC should be strong on almost all aspects. I don't really see the point to a strong video card on a Power User laptop, but the rest of the hardware components should be as good as they get. Needless to say, this laptop cannot be placed in that category, so if one fancies oneself a bit of a power user, one should get something specifically made for that task and not look at such budget / cheap laptops. The Gateway NV56R10u is not the best option for power users.

  • Gaming
    To cut this part short, the gaming laptop is basically the power user laptop to which you also add a strong video card. Therefore, it is as simple as that to conclude that this particular laptop will not suit gamers at all. It may be able to run a few games, but to truly get performance in them and be able to run a lot of them without problem that is what we call a gaming laptop. The Gateway NV56R10u is definitely NOT a gaming laptop. Serious gamers would want to look for stronger laptops.


Perhaps one of the best things this laptop has is the pre-installed version of Microsoft Windows. That is mostly because Microsoft is having a sale right about now in which if you purchase anything with Microsoft Windows 7 on it, you can upgrade to Windows 8 for free if you like it or purchase Windows 8 Pro for a mere 15 dollars when it comes out..

One of the main disadvantages, as far as I see it, is the lack of a dedicated video card. Put together with the weak configuration it will add up to a pretty large disappointment. You may have a hard time finding something much better than this for such a low price, but in the end, you CAN find something better.

User Reviews: what others think?

Unfortunately, as of yet I was unable to locate any user reviews from the mere reason that none exist at the current time (at the time I wrote this review). However, you could be the first reviewer of this device. All you have to do is purchase it and tell your opinion of it to the world via the internet.


In conclusion, I would like to fully recommend this device to Students, Casual Users and even Business Users, but I believe that it will not suit Power Users or Gamers at all. I believe the last two categories I've mentioned should only stick to building their custom devices themselves, and not settle for what any of the shops are offering.

Well, I hope you enjoyed my opinion about the Gateway NV56R10u. If you find this review useful please let me know :)
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Technical Details

Processor Intel Pention B950 2.1 GHz
Video Card Intel HD Graphics
RAM Memory 4GB DDR3
Audio integrated with Built-in Stereo Speakers
Operating System Windows 8
Display 15.6-inch 1366 x 768px
Storage Drive 320 GB 5400rpm
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
USB 2.0 Ports 3
USB 3.0 Ports None
Built-in Camera Yes
Built-in Microphone Yes
Optical Drive DVD±RW
Memory Card Reader Yes
Bluetooth -
Headphone-out Yes
VGA-out Yes
HDMI-out Yes
LAN-out Yes
Color Black
Width 15 in.
Depth 10 in.
Height 1.3 in.
Weight 5.73 lbs. lbs.
Battery Life up to 4.5 hours
Warranty 1 Year

Updated on January 6th, 2013

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