Gateway today unveiled the new Gateway E-155C Thin and Light Convertible notebook, which gives customers the benefits of Tablet computing with digital pen and touch screen capabilities in a sleek, thin-and-light form factor.
The Gateway E-155C infuses keyboard, digital pen, and touch-screen input capabilities into a single mobile device optimized for Microsoft Windows Vista. Customers can use the Gateway E-155C to access information, applications and multimedia content as well as take handwritten notes, draw diagrams, edit documents and enjoy full PC functionality, making it the ultimate productivity tool for education and business environments.
One of the thinnest and lightest convertible notebooks on the market with an integrated optical drive, the Gateway Convertible Notebook will impress customers with its features optimized for mobile computing, such as a 12-inch widescreen display, an Intel Core 2 Duo processor and a biometric fingerprint reader. Plus, the Gateway E-155C has a new industrial design that starts at only 4.5 pounds.
The system's vibrant 12-inch WXGA widescreen TFT Active Matrix Display is the perfect palette for accessing applications by digital pen or touch screen. When used with Microsoft Windows Vista, customers will experience improved writing recognition, greater pen accuracy, improved hardware button support and more flexibility in user-configurable commands. The new touch-screen capabilities mean customers can access information by touching the screen with a fingertip or other pointing device. Also, the widescreen format gives customers ample room for viewing new features in Microsoft Windows Vista such as Sidebar mini-applications as well as multiple applications or documents at once. In addition, the display's anti-reflection polarizer improves viewing in sunlight and bright conditions, extending the unit's usability outdoors and making it ideal for students and organizations with field personnel.
A pioneer in the Convertible Notebook market, Gateway understands the unique requirements for the segment and has developed the Gateway E-155C with an all new industrial design that is easy-to-use. Measuring 1.17-inches thin, the new Thin & Light Convertible has room for an integrated optical drive, so an external model isn't required to read DVD and CD applications. Plus, the lightweight Gateway E-155C provides several battery options so the PC can be optimized for mobility or long battery life. A number of design features let customers make the most of battery life, including a dedicated wireless on/off switch and an ambient light sensor that detects the light atmosphere and adjusts the display brightness.
The notebook also features an integrated UPEK fingerprint reader that can be used for user authentication and data protection as well as for mouse-like cursor movement and scrolling in Tablet mode. Making navigation even easier, the new Gateway E-155C features dedicated "enter" and "back" buttons to the right of the finger print reader.
Additional design enhancements include the unique double swivel hinge, which lets the display swivel 180 degrees in either direction. The notebook even provides a "reminder" to store the digital pen; if the system is turned off without the digital pen in the garage, the user is alerted with an audio alarm and flashing LED. The notebook was also designed with a high-impact magnesium casework, which improves durability and strength, while minimizing the notebook's size and weight.
Pricing and Availability
The Gateway E-155C is available for order now at prices starting at $1,849.99. For configuration details, go to http://www.gateway.com/lightconvertible. In early May, Gateway will offer a version of the product for home and home office customers, the Gateway C-120X, which will be priced starting at $1,499.99.
Additional Key Features
* Intel PRO/wireless 3945 802.11a/b/g * Wacom digital pen with digital eraser * Support for Intel Core 2 Duo U7500 Ultra Low Voltage Processor * Mobility center button gives customers one-touch access to mobility settings when used with Vista * SATA 5400RPM hard drive in 60GB, 80GB or 120GB capacities * Advanced security with optional Computrace Complete tracking software * Fixed CD-RW/DVD, DVD Burner and Weightsaver options