It has a few unusually shaped keys on the right hand side. The updated Spectre x inch convertible laptop adds terrific battery life and top-notch Gateway has produced a beautiful notebook whose materials, finish and construction do not match the reasonable price that they are charging. Coupled with a 3DMark06 score of 8,nearly 4, points above average–tells us that this system can hang with the more expensive gaming notebooks. I used two of the more demanding and popular games demo versions and played through demos using FRAPS to record the performance. Best Laptops for Audio input and output are handled by a couple of side mounted jacks 3.

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Low light conditions produced a grainy image which is common for lower end webcams. J Cale’s “The Road to Escondido” and felt the bass was lacking.

Gateway PFX User Review

Playing a few rounds at that setting, we didn’t notice any hiccups or jaggies. As long as they educate themselves a bit before they do so, these folks will be fine. I tested it with the Gateway software utility kind of useless and Skype 3.

The FX size also allows Gateway to include a full sized numeric keypad — great for gamers. The above scenes from Empire Strike Back exemplify the problem. Sager looks plain but preforms likes a desktop, I wish they did a better job on the battery life.

Three USB yateway are on board, but we prefer four or more. During our Autodetect benchmarking session of F. Everything else about this notebook hits the target, but these sorts of generic offers targeted at susceptible luddites are way off base. On our Call of Duty 4 tests we measured the frame rate using the FRAPS applicationwe were able to cut through the first two levels with a stellar average of 90 fps with the settings optimized and the screen set to a bluftooth of x This is about the minimum tolerable resolution for a screen this big and probably does not offer enough room for productive video or photo editing.


Other than this one hot spot, the FX cooling system does a good job of keeping remaining area a comfortable temperature. A subwoofer would have helped.

Gateway P-6831 FX: Best Midrange Gaming Notebook Ever

Only then can you gain access to the CPU socket. It held gateaay remarkably well on our gaming tests, even against its more expensive sibling.

I also installed the Nvidia Forceware There was a barely perceptible improvement in Crysis and a decrease in Call of Duty 4 performance. The FX is solid.

But this Gateway system blows away HP’s dv7 when it comes to 3D games and its higher-resolution display. Games from a year ago will run with everything maxed out. Consider the rapid pace of game development and you will appreciate the compliment.

The FX should appeal to gamers that require a degree of portability without having to sacrifice too much in terms of game play performance. Its glossy black shell is accented with Halloweenesque orange, silver, and carbon fiber. It seems like only yesterday that consumer notebooks were simply analogs of their corporate cousins.


I was looking for a sub-notebook, but somehow I talked myself into buying this. Gateway’s Centrino 2 desktop replacement offers sizzling gaming performance at an unbeatable price. On a pure black background and in a dark room, there is noticeable light bleed.

Gateway PFX review: Gateway PFX – CNET

The Touchpad worked great too after turning off the cha-chas scroll, tap zones, etc. We’d love to see more laptop makers pick up on this screen finish.

Maybe it was something else entirely. A touch-sensitive volume control bar is located to the left of these buttons–it looks cool but didn’t provide quick-enough response for our tastes.

While HP and Dell can draw gatwway the hot rod artists at VoodooPC and Alienware boutique brands recently acquired to develop cool computers, how do the Gateway folks manage? But keep an eye p-6831fz price changes to get the best deal. I think Gateway needs to have custom install images created for this line with lots of the basic optimizations already done. Be respectful, keep it civil and stay on topic.