Gateway P-7908u

If you’re looking for a good laptop for gaming that doesn’t cost a whole lot, the Gateway P-7908u is a good choice. Gateway may not be as hugely popular as they were about a decade ago (remember when that cow-spotted box was everywhere), but they still make quality products. The P series is a group of laptops that are both affordable and high performance, making them perfect for gamers. The P-7908u can certainly handle the high performance graphics that many games demand, but it does lack a bit in other areas. However, it is affordable and runs most games very well.

The P-7908u has a 2.53 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo P8700 Processor, 4GB DDR3 1066 MHz memory, and a 500GB hard drive. That’s not too shabby for a laptop, especially one that isn’t cutting edge. The hard drive is actually larger than many other Gateway laptops, and it spins at 7200rpm, making it very competitive with many desktops in the same category. It performs reasonably well and provides a lot of storage space. 4GB of RAM is enough to run many games without any problems. The laptop features a dual-layer DVD burner and supports burning labels directly to LabelFlash media, which is very nice. There’s no Blu-ray player option.

The biggest drawback to the P-7908u is its 17 inch LCD monitor. With any gaming computer, you’re going to want to have very high resolution, but the P-7908u monitor is only capable of 1440×900 resolution. The graphics card, a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260M with a GB of memory, is capable of providing 1920×1200 resolution, but the monitor just can’t keep up. Fortunately, someone at Gateway realized that gamers want much better graphics than the monitor could handle and included and HDMI output port on the laptop. If you have a nice monitor available, connect the P-7908u up to it and you’ll be much happier.

You might be surprised at the P-7908u’s battery life. Many laptops run down quickly when running games, but the P-7908u can run for two to three hours of intense gaming before it needs a recharge. It can also play just about three hours of DVDs before running down. That might not seem like much, but many comparable laptops will be out of juice much more quickly.

The Gateway P-7908u features Windows 7 Home Premium. Gateway lists the MSRP as $1,279, but most retailers carry it for less than $1,000.