The system does not have external SATA. Under normal day-to-day use I found the limited tilting movement of the display to be inconvenient. The surface area is larger than most notebooks, but still falls short to the gigantic touchpad surfaces found on Apple notebooks. The design is excellent, looking more like a designer notebook than previous Gateway models. Heat and Noise Gateway overbuilt the cooling system on the MD series notebook, since it is designed to handle high performance components including dedicated graphics. Another issue is that gloss, which will cause glare under certain lighting conditions. HD video p, both downloaded and online played back very nicely and the front-facing speakers add to the media playback experience.

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The versatility of the laptop is extended by a nice selection of external ports. Backlight evenness is average with only a hint of bleed through the bottom edge of the panel.

The large Synatpics touchpad is responsive and a breeze to move around on with a lightly textured matte finish.

I like the contrasting silver and chrome trim around painted or brushed metal surface. Read our review to find out. This notebook offers two headphone jacks that allow you to share a movie or some music with another person.

The left side has the same glossy space, but only has the power button there. 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.

Fit and finish is excellent with no noticeable defects on our review unit. Key presses gtaeway very smooth, with only a light touch needed to trigger a key.

The audio output from the jacks is great, and peak volume levels were above my comfortable listening levels. The black glossy surface works well with the touch sensitive media buttons, gatway hiding them with the lights turned off. Audible feedback is minimal, with only a small click with each full press.


Gateway MD7818u Review

Most displays can be tilted back to the gatsway of almost making the screen flat with the keyboard, but the way the hinge is designed on the MC and MD series notebooks you are limited to about 20 degrees of backward movement.

Two headphone and one microphone jacks. Contrast is excellent at the optimum viewing sweet spot, but does get washed out slightly if you tilt the screen forward or back. Using this button hateway can toggle the keyboard backlit on the MC-seriesturn off the touch sensitive media keys disables themand turn off everything else including the hard drive activity and power light. The faster Seagate Speakers and Audio Speaker performance was average with bass and midrange lacking due to the small speaker driver size.

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. Build and Design Sharing the same body as the MC series notebook, the new MD series looks nearly identical inside and out.

The higher quality of the materials used combined with gateday modern design helps give this notebook a look that is usually only shared with models costing two or three times more. HD video p, both downloaded and online played back very nicely and the front-facing speakers add to the media playback experience.

Offering a very similar configuration gaheway the dedicated graphics card the MDu handed day to day activities with ease and when it was time to sit back and relax it performed flawlessly in decoding HD movies and streaming video.


As you tilt the screen forward the screen starts to look washed out, and leaning it back colors darken and invert. You get a good, but not great processor and a healthy serving of memory. This notebook offers many of the same features as its more expensive brother; like the touch-sensitive hidden multimedia keys, classy styling, and excellent build quality. This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page.

Along the right side of the keyboard is a touch-sensitive panel with sound and media controls.

Gateway MD78 Specs – CNET

The LCD lid gqteway the color of red wine with a metallic racing stripe down the middle. The front firing speaker design was annoying at times, getting blocked by your pants or shirt; muffling the sound coming out. The design is stunning for a low-cost notebook, with clean lines and a very elegant layout. To lower the cost Gateway removed some features that not everyone needed, like the leather palmrest, all-glass display, and backlit keyboard.

Gateway MD7818u

The body is built 718u well with a very durable feel and little flex. 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. Does this new notebook still impress us as much as the MCu? Gateaay the system was equipped with a battery rated at 48Wh the estimated time would have been closer to 2 hours and 30 minutes.