Specifications, Availability, and PricingSpecifications, Availability, and PricingGateway doesn't sell the P-7808u FX gaming notebook directly to consumers on its website, but the machine is available from multiple retailers online and can be found in some retail locations as well. The MSRP for the machine is $1,799, but you can get it from Newegg for $1,749.99 U.S. Dollars right now. The machine offers some very impressive specifications for that price tag; check out the image below for a full run down of the system specs. This is the only configuration the system is available in.
The Gateway P-7808u FX Edition Gaming NotebookThe Gateway P-7808u FX Edition Gaming NotebookI checked out recently and has less resolution, but it works well.
Benchmarks - PCMark Vantage and 3DMark06BenchmarksNow we get to the part of the review where we look at synthetic and real world benchmarks to get an idea of the performance the P-7808u FX delivers. I will be using PCMark Vantage and 3DMark06 for the synthetic benchmarks and Crysis, Video Encoding and iTunes Encoding for the real world tests along with a real world test for battery life.PCMark VantageVersion and / or Patch Used: 1.0.0Developer Homepage: http://www.futuremark.comProduct Homepage: http://www.futuremark.com/benchmarks/pcmark-vantage/Buy It Herehttp://www.futuremark.comProduct Homepage: http://www.futuremark.com/products/3dmark06Buy It HereTypically, I would run 3DMark Vantage on a Vista notebook, but the screen resolution of the P-7808u wasn't compatible so I opted to run 3DMark06. 3DMark06 v1.10 is a gaming benchmark that puts the NVIDIA 9800M GTS and the CPU of the machine through their paces. Check out the image below to see how well the P-7808u FX did.
Benchmarks - Crysis, iTunes & Movie Encoding, Battery LifeCrysisVersion and / or Patch Used: 1.2Timedemo or Level Used: Built-in BenchmarkDeveloper Homepage: http://www.crytek.com/ Product Homepage: http://www.ea.com/crysis/Buy It Herehttp://www.apple.comProduct Homepage: http://www.apple.com/itunes
Hands on UseHands on UsageThis is my favorite part of a notebook review because the benchmarks and specifications only tell half the story when it comes to how well a notebook performs. How good or bad a notebook is depends on all parts of the machine as well as the user experience; great performance from the notebook's hardware means nothing if the notebook has a bad screen and a bad keyboard.The Gateway P-7808u FX lacks the frills that the Alienware M15x offered, but the Gateway also lacks about half the cost of the m15x as well. You don't get a fancy backlit keyboard with adjustable light colors with the Gateway, but what you do get is a good keyboard with full-size keys and a full number pad. If you enter lots of numeric data that number pad is a blessing.The keyboard itself is nice enough, nothing spectacular but nothing bad either. It offers decent tactile feel and clicky buttons touch typists will like. The WASD buttons get orange letters to set them apart from the rest of the keyboard and to show passers-by that this is a gaming machine.The large keyboard also gets a large track pad. The track pad has dual buttons underneath and is as sensitive and accurate as you can expect a track pad to be. You certainly won't want to play games using the track pad, but you could in a pinch.Above the keyboard are the keys for controlling the multimedia functions of the notebook, everything you expect to find is there and the touch sensitive buttons look cool too. The screen is nice enough, it lacks the 1920 x 1200 resolution that the m15x offers, but honestly, a resolution that high can make for uncomfortable use in anything other than gaming. The 1440 x 900 resolution works well enough and ensures that you can play most games with the eye candy turned on.The screen is matte finished and while it throws glare somewhat , the glare off the screen is nowhere near as bad as what the glossy Alienware machine produced. Movie watching is good on the screen with sharp colors and decent black levels. The sound system on the machine was decent, much better than what Alienware offered, with enough volume to listen to movies without resorting to headphones.The big drawback of any large notebook or gaming machine is the size and weight. The Gateway P-7808u FX is a touch over nine pounds, meaning that you'd better eat your Wheaties if you plan on carrying the beast on a daily basis around town or school.
Final ThoughtsFinal ThoughtsIf you buy the Gateway P-7808u FX rather than a high-end gaming notebook like the m15x, you give up some bling for sure. What you don't give up with the Gateway P-7808u FX is gaming performance and usability -- the machine offers those in spades. With a price under $1,800 the performance of the Gateway P-7808u FX bested the m15x on some benchmarks. As with any 17-inch gaming notebook, the only real downsides to the machine are the size and weight of the notebook. If you can lift the thing, you will not be disappointed with the Gateway P-7808u FX. If I were spending my money on a gaming notebook, the Gateway P-7808u FX is hands down what I would buy.
Last updated: Apr 7, 2020 at 12:28 pm CDT
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