In pictures: Gateway's fashion-forward notebooks

We take a look at the new Gateway notebooks, which will hit Australia on 15 August

LT30 Series

Acer has said it doesn't plan to pull its successful Aspire One series of netbooks from the market, but that hasn't stopped it from releasing a similar mini-laptop under the Gateway brand. Part of Gateway's "Summer Breeze" collection, this 11.6in netbook is slightly too large to fall into Microsoft's requirements to run Windows XP. As a result, it will run Windows Vista Home Basic out of the box, but never fear — Acer will offer a free upgrade to Windows 7 from 22 October, and you'll only have to pay postage and handling charges.

Priced at $899, the LT30 notebooks are fairly similar to other netbooks on the market: you get 1GB of DDR2 memory, a 1.33GHz Intel Atom CPU and a 160GB hard drive. Considering you can grab an Aspire One netbook with a 1.6GHz Atom CPU for $100 less, it seems you are paying for increased screen real estate — 11.6in compared to the Aspire One's 10.2in — and the design.

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