2 reviews

Gateway LT3103u

$400.00 Released June, 2009

Product Shot 1 The Pros:Great screen resolution, not cramped at all. Keyboard sized generously. Vista Basic is very stable with the unusually higher specs on this netbook.

The Cons:Radeon X1270 isn't useful for gaming at all (unless it's two dimensional). Battery Life isn't generous to anything past two hours. Processor is an off-roadmap Athlon 64... Doesn't support Cool 'n Quiet or scaling by default. Linux runs at full blast and drains your battery.

The Gateway LT3103u netbook is an easy-to-tote mobile sidekick at just 3.04 lbs. and 1.03" thin. It is powered by a 1.2 GHz AMD Athlon Single-Core Processor with a ATI Radeon X1270 graphics card for smooth video performance and enhanced graphics.

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It comes standard with 2 GB of DDR2 533MHz SDRAM and 250GB of hard drive space. The 11.6" HD Ultrabright LED-backlit display delivers a 1366 x 768 viewing experience and integrated webcam allows for easy web-chatting or taking self-portraits. The multi-gesture touchpad lets you control programs with a flick, swirl and pinch of your fingers and the 5-in-on media card reader supports Memory Stick, MemoryStick Pro, MultiMediaCard, Secure Digital and xD-Picture Card. It has integrated 802.11b/g Wireless and is Wi-Fi certified for easy wireless connectivity. It comes with a Genuine Window Vista Home Basic SP1 operating system, the latest version of Microsoft Works and a 60-day trial of the Office 2007 suite. The Gateway LT3103u is available in a stylish high-polish finish in nightsky black or cherry red. The Gateway LT3114u is also available as a variation of the LT3103u.


  • Processor: AMD Athlon 64 L110 Single-Core Processor (1.2GHz, 800MHz FSB, 512KB L2 Cache)
  • Operating System: Genuine Windows Vista Home Basic (32-bit) with SP1
  • Display: 11.6" HD WXGA Ultrabright LED-backlit Display (1366 x 768 resolution, 16:9 aspect ratio)
  • Memory: 2048MB DDR2 533MHz SDRAM Single Channel Memory
  • Hard Drive: 250GB SATA hard drive
  • Color: Classic and Elegant Design with Nightsky Black finish
  • Wireless Network: 802.11b/g Wi-Fi CERTIFIED
  • Adapter: AC Adapter
  • Application Software: Microsoft Works, Microsoft Money Essentials, Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007 (60-day complimentary trial period)
  • Battery: 6-Cell Lithium Ion (5200mAh)
  • Chassis: Chassis with ATI Radeon X1270 Graphics and AMD RS690E Chipset
  • Dimensions (Box): 3.1" (H) x 14.8" (W) x 10.1" (D) or 80mm (H) x 376mm (W) x 256mm (D)
  • Dimensions (System): 1.03" (H) x 11.26" (W) x 7.99" (D) or 26.4mm (H) x 286mm (W) x 203mm (D)
  • External Ports: (3) USB 2.0, VGA Connector
  • Keyboard and Mouse: Keyboard with Multi-Gesture Touchpad
  • Media Card Reader: Multi-in-1 Digital Media Card Reader (Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, MultiMediaCard, Secure Digital, xD-Picture Card)
  • Network: 10/100 Ethernet LAN (RJ-45 port)
  • Security Software: Norton Internet Security 2009 (60-day trial) & Gateway Recovery Management
  • Sound: High-Definition Audio Support, Built-In speakers, Microphone, Headphone (with Dolby Headphone Technology)/Speaker/Line-Out Jack9
  • Warranty: 1 Year Parts and Labor
  • Web Camera: 0.3 Megapixel Integrated Webcam
  • Weight: 3.04 lbs. (1.38 kg) system unit only / 3.93 lbs. (1.78 kg.) box 

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  • 1

    Great screen resolution, not cramped at all.

  • 1

    Keyboard sized generously.

  • 1

    Vista Basic is very stable with the unusually higher specs on this netbook.

  • 1

    Sturdy construction, solid hinges and buttons, trackpad is responsive and has good gesture support.

  • 1

    Spec mostly above the curve... 1.2Ghz proc, 2 GB RAM, 250 GB HDD, Vista, discrete graphics at 1366x768.

  • 1

    This really should be classified as a subnetbook... without an optical drive.

  • 1

    Has VGA output, three USB 2.0 ports, and a multi-card reader for all memory cards except CompactFlash and mini/micro cards.

  • 1

    Weight for it's size is acceptable. Not ultra-light at 3 lbs (ASUS Eee PC's and HP's Mini's are easily lighter), but not the heaviest netbook I've held.

  • 2

    Radeon X1270 isn't useful for gaming at all (unless it's two dimensional).

  • 1

    Battery Life isn't generous to anything past two hours.

  • 1

    Processor is an off-roadmap Athlon 64... Doesn't support Cool 'n Quiet or scaling by default. Linux runs at full blast and drains your battery.

  • 1

    Heat dissipation isn't well designed... you'll need something between your lap and the base of this laptop if you use it longer than an hour.

  • 1

    Webcam is weak... VGA resolution or less.

  • 1

    Lid isn't particularly easy to open... no pop-latch or lid lock when it's closed.

  • 1

    For this price, some low-spec laptops at this cost may be more capable if not just as good as this netbook. Size and Portability would be the division point between the two options.

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uninventiveheart: #gateway_lt3103u

I actaully do like this netbook despite what this PROscore reads like... it's just that there's as much things right with this machine as wrong, and the wrong may be deal killers for some, but it doesn't necessarily complicate my use for it.

This is a netbook for a specific crowd... It's not for everybody. If you need something easy to use, go for the Eee. If you need good battery life, get an Atom or ARM-powered netbook. This one is a little more punch if the Atom/XP configuration doesn't quite do it for you, but still priced cheap enough to be affordable. 

"A little more punch" is exactly what I mean, though: most 3D titles run at 12fps or worse on Vista Basic, HD Video or Full-screen video chokes on it (there's just not enough video memory for things like that), and the Athlon 64 is single-core, but the installed OS is 32-bit (probably to squeeze a little more memory out of the 2GB included... not an unwise move on Acer's part, but not many ULV processors are 32bit anymore.)  This is by no means a "desktop replacement": it will be slower than your dual core PC no matter how you cut it.

Also, this is Vista Basic: you won't get Windows 7 for free on Oct. 22nd... Win 7 may boost memory availability and slightly improve video over Vista Basic, but you'll need to procure it for yourself.

Regardless, I totally agree with the Pros.  Clearest screen I've seen in a netbook yet, sparse keyboard to accomodate even my larger hands, generous HDD, and I have yet to see it crash on her own power  (Of course I've crashed her, but I was doing file intensive stuff and deserved it)...

Oct 16, 09
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