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Gateway C-141

Gateway's "Adaptible Notebook" Tablet PC
(by Conrad H. Blickenstorfer)

The Gateway C-Series goes on with the C-141 models, following up on the CX200 Series introduced in October of 2005and the company's initial M275 Tablet PC convertible. Now listed as "Adaptible Notebooks," Gateway stresses to "Get pen-and-paper ease with the Gateway C Series of great convertibles, featuring a notebook's power and dependability." Sort of an odd way of describing a Tablet PC convertible. They were not dependable before? And so far no convertible, or slate, has been successful in delivering pen and paer ease, and certainly not a seven-pound notebook with a 14-inch screen.

That said, the C-141 comes in two models, the "high-powered" C-141X and the "Ultimate" C-141XL. The difference in processing power is substantial and we'd definitely recommend the "ultimate" model whch at US$1,249 is still very reasonably priced for a Tablet PC convertible. The base model starts at US$899. Who'd have thought back in 2002 that one day you could get a high-powered Tablet PC convertible for so little.

Overall, the current C-Series hasn't changed much from the prior generation CX200. It's still a 6+ pound notebook with a 14-inch wide-format display and 1280 x 800 pixel resolution. The XL model comes with a speedy 2.4GHz T8300 Core 2 Duo processor and 3GB of RM. You also get Mobility Radeon X2300 256MB PCI Express Graphics, a 250GB disk, a multi-format, dual layer DVD writer, Vista Home Business, Microsoft Works 9.0, and a 7-in1 media reader that can handle the Memory Stick, MemoryStick Pro, MultiMediaCard, Secure Digital, xD-Picture Card, Mini Secure Digital, and RS-Multimedia Card formats. There are three USB 2.0 ports, Firewire, Bluetooth, and 802.11a/b/g WiFi.

With Acer, which introduced the original Tablet PC Convertible in the Fall of 2002, now owning Gateway, it should be interesting to see where the Gateway Tablet PCs (or adaptible notebooks) are headed.

Specifications
Added/changed Added 03/2008
Form-factor Notebook Convertible
OS Windows Vista Home Premium
Processor Intel Core Duo T2330 or Core 2 Duo T8300
CPU Speed 1.5GHz/533MHz FSB or 2.4GHz/800MHz FSB
Chipset Intel GMA X3100 or ATI Mobility Radeon X2300
Standard/Max RAM 2GB/3GMB 667MHz DDR2 in two slots
Disk/drive 160 or 250GB GB SATA/8X Multi-format Dual Layer DVD writer
Card slots 1 PC Card Type II, 7-in-1 reader
Display type Transmissive TFT
Display size/res 14.0-inch/1280x768
Digitizer/pens Wacom/1
Keyboard/scale Integrated, 100%
Ruggedness Standard
Housing NA
Size (WxHxD) 13.6 x 10.5 x 1.26
Weight From 6.2 lbs.
Power 8-cell Li-Ion
Interface 3 USB 2.0, IE1394 FireWire, RJ45 (gigabit), RJ11
Wireless Bluetooth, Intel 3945a/b/g WiFi
List price US$899-1,249
Contact Gateway C-Series webpage
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