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The screen is sufficient for most applications, but a little grainy when playing DVDs.


Recording conversations or lectures is easy with the built in microphone. The speakers are nothing to write home about, but loud enough to fill Gateway M285 small room. The pen digitizer that comes with the ME offers a natural, intuitive way for users to write, draw, annotate documents and manipulate images. Tap once on the screen for left-click, hold the button near the tip of the pen for right-click. The tablet software accurately converts handwriting into text, and can handle my illegible-to-humans cursive with ease. There are a number of buttons on the edge of the screen for se in tablet mode.

A small five-way cursor helps navigate through documents and control AV settings. Four other buttons control screen orientation, launch Windows Task Manager, launch Gateway M285 and toggle the five-way cursor between navigation and AV settings.

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The Gateway M285 comes with Microsoft Office OneNote, a sophisticated application for creating and organizing documents for pen entry. My favorite piece of pen-enabled software is the Snipping Tool.


As its name implies, it makes it easy to snip anything you see on your screen, add Gateway M285 own notes to it and send the resulting image in an email or another application. The Gateway M285 in this article have been snipped from Firefox, Acrobat and Photoshop. The battery doubles as a handle to clutch onto while in tablet mode. The screen automatically dims when unplugged to increase battery life. With the default settings, the battery lasted 4 hours and 25 minutes while editing text documents and surfing the web. If you need more juice, Gateway sells a 6-cell battery that replaces the optical drive, and a cell main battery. Performance is excellent, with an overall PCMark05 score of 3, while running the default Tablet settings.

Gateway ME Specs - CNET

The system is very responsive and fast enough for Gateway M285 but the most demanding gamers. I also chose to get the option of Bluetooth Gateway M285 this computer, because my printer HP Photosmart is bluetooth enabled, and this allows me to connect to it via Bluetooth, giving me the option of eliminating wire clutter in my dorm room while I am in college. Battery Life One of the things that I was most worried about when I was choosing to buy a laptop computer, was how the battery life would be, as there were no definitive reviews for this or any other current generation tablet PC.

While there were several reviews for other regular laptops that one could technically compare them to, it was more of an apples to oranges comparison, and thus was inconclusive at best. However, this Gateway did not disappoint. I chose to upgrade the battery Gateway M285 the optional Cell, which would provide more battery life at the cost of more space taken up, however I did not mind this minor sacrifice Gateway M285 I did not want to end up without a laptop because of a battery that could not stay away from a desk for less than a few hours. When being miserly, and low brightness and no wireless, the laptop can almost hit 8 and a half hours.


This is quite amazing and definitely surprised me as I was not expecting battery life this nice. Gateway includes the Operating System disk, as well as another disk that contains the applications and drivers to the various devices that were found on the laptop. From there, the Gateway M285 uses the recover partition on the HD, as well as the Recovery disks to restore the original image that came on the laptop. Aside from that, there was not much else other uninstalling that I was doing. One thing I Gateway M285 notice was that there was no Pen compatibility with Firefox.

However, this is more directly a software problem rather than hardware, and thus can be addressed in later versions. I myself have not yet had the need to call tech support, and hopefully Gateway M285 need will not arise. I consider myself to be a fairly advanced user, and I can fix many problems by myself. I will definitely update the review if needed, If i were to encounter any trouble from Customer Service.

Gateway M285 Convertible Tablet PC Review (pics, specs)

The default warranty included with the system is for 1 year, however, through the Virginia Tech discount, this was upgraded to 3 years, with Accidental Damage Protection, which gives me repair no matter what type of damage the laptop may incur, and this was essential as this is a tablet pc, and with the screen resting on one hinge, I was a bit more thorough in finding out what type of warranty to get, that would cover any damage that may occur from the various abuses of college life. Gateway M285 Attributes As a tablet, there are Gateway M285 different things that this PC needs to be able to do. View full Gateway ME specs on CNET.

PC Edition Wireless capabilities. a, b, g. Notebook type.

Tablet. Manufacturer. Gateway. by Jaffer Hasnain. Overview and Introduction. Gateway's ME is the successor to Gateway's previous model, the Gateway M285, and is also known.

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