This notebook offers two headphone jacks that allow you to share a movie or some music with another person. Speakers and Audio Speaker performance was average with bass and midrange lacking due to the small speaker driver size. Read our review to find out. Internally they share the same chassis and alloy unibody and depending on the configuration it may or may not have a MXM dedicated graphics card. The surface area is larger than most notebooks, but still falls short to the gigantic touchpad surfaces found on Apple notebooks. The newer system also offers a larger hard drive for increased media and program storage, which also happens to be quite a bit faster than the previous rpm Hitachi drive. The front firing speaker design was annoying at times, getting blocked by your pants or shirt; muffling the sound coming out.

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All content posted on TechnologyGuide is granted to TechnologyGuide with electronic publishing rights in perpetuity, as all content posted on this site becomes a part of the community. The left side has the same glossy space, but only has the power button there. The black glossy surface works well with the touch sensitive media buttons, completely hiding them with the lights turned off.

The body is built extremely well with a very durable feel and little flex. Does this new notebook still impress us as much as the MCu? The MDu has the newest 45nm Intel Core 2 Duo T processor, giving it a mild bump in performance over the 64nm T processor with the same clock speed.

Gateway MDu – External Reviews

HD video p, both downloaded and online played back very nicely and the front-facing speakers add to the media playback experience. Heat and Noise Gateway overbuilt the cooling system on the 7818uu series notebook, since it is designed to handle high performance components including dedicated graphics.


Fan noise was minimal even at gatewsy could be considered its highest speed, needing an ear up against the fan grill to hear it spinning. I like the contrasting silver and chrome trim around painted or brushed metal surface.

The system does not have external SATA. You get a good, but not great processor and a healthy serving of memory. The Gateway MDu is part of a new affordable notebook line that shares most of its components with the high-style MC series.

The versatility of the laptop is extended by a nice selection of external ports.

Gateway MD7818u Review

With only integrated graphics being utilized the system barely broke a sweat during heavy loads like benchmarking. Backlight evenness is average with only a hint of bleed through the bottom edge of the panel. Speakers and Audio Speaker performance was average with bass and midrange lacking due to the small speaker driver size.

It would be nice to see the display be able to get a bit brighter as well, especially considering that the MDu has media ambitions. The higher quality of the materials used combined with vateway modern design helps give this notebook a look that is usually only shared with models costing two or three times more.

Battery Life Gateway lists the battery for the MDu has being 48Wh, far under what we found the included battery to be in our review units. Hidden touch-sensitive multimedia keys and an option to completely disable all indicator lights are some of the gxteway that really make this notebook stand out.


The buttons are wide and easy to hit with the side of your thumb while they give a mild soft click with shallow feedback. To lower the cost Gateway removed some features that not everyone needed, like the leather palmrest, all-glass display, and backlit keyboard.

Performance System performance was still in line with the MCu in every category except gaming. Conclusion The Gateway MD series notebook rated very well in gateay testing with good performance and great build quality.

If the system was equipped with a battery rated at 48Wh the estimated time would have been closer to 2 hours and 30 minutes. Inside the notebooks users will see a full-sized keyboard without a numberpad and a trackpad surrounded by more of the glossy plastic.

Build quality seems solid though the bottom of the case was not perfectly level, causing the front right corner to drop a fraction when pressure was put on it, which in turn, caused the display to shake for a moment. The design is excellent, looking more like a designer notebook than previous Gateway models.

The trackpad is actually rather smaller thanks to the plastic surrounding it and the relatively huge buttons. This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. By Sal Cangeloso Two headphone and one microphone jacks. Another issue is that gloss, which will cause glare under certain lighting conditions. If you hate blinking or shining LEDs nothing beats a feature like this.