GATEWAY MS2300 15.6″ LAPTOP

gateid47The Gateway MS2300 is a desktop replacement laptop computer.. This machine was $650 new in 2010.

  • Screen Size: 15.6″ Glossy LCD
  • Maximum Resolution: 1366×768
  • i3-350M 2.27MHz
  • 4096MB DDR3-1066, 8GB maximum
  • HDMI, VGA
  • 500GB hard disk
  • 4x USB 2.0
  • SD card port
  • DVD±RW
  • Atheros 9285 b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • Windows 7 Home Basic
  • 19V 3.42A 65W power supply

This Gateway machine we have came with an i3 CPU but they also have i5 and i7 versions of the machine. Gateway is owned by Acer and there are lots of very similar machines in the market. Acer also sells private label to Dell etc.

The i3-350M runs at 2.27MHz and it’s made on Intel’s 32nm line. The TDP is 32W which is typical for this class of machine. The CPU supports up to 8GB of DDR3-1033. The machine ships with 4GB of memory which is enough for general purpose work.

This machine came with the standard 15.6″ TB LCD with 1366×768 resolution. The color is reasonably good for Windows 7 and the machine is reasonably responsive with Windows 7. The i3 HD-3000 integrated graphics are basic but adequate for desktop graphics. Some versions of this machine come with the NVIDIA GT 330M on the system board.

The pad is illuminated on the machine we have. This is more gimmick than anything. We recommend a mouse for Windows which is dramatically easier to use.

The machine we have came with a 65W PSU, some models come with a 90W PSU depending on options. The i5 and i7 processor boards and possibly the GT 330M add to the overall power requirements.

The webcam is pretty basic, its 640×480 and it seems to be fast enough to handle basic video conferencing. The i3 had no problems with video conferencing applications.

The SD card reader is basic, we tried a 32GB card and it was recognized fine. This means the machine can handle SDHC without problems.

The DVD±RW drive is also basic for 15″class machines. We found the drive to be fast when installing Microsoft Office etc.

The Seagate 500GB hard disk is pretty standard for 2010 for 15″ class machines. This affords lots of space to handle iTunes and other media options. Many machines of this period had SSD drives installed to replace the OEM hard disks. We   strongly recommend copying the recovery partition to DVD disks immediately in case the disk crashes.

We find the Gateway MS2300 to be a solid performer. There are no real issues outside the machine being a basic work rig. For general business workloads, the MS2300 is a workhorse.

WINDOWS 10

Upgraded to 8GB, the MS2300 can run Windows 10 x64 quite nicely. The machine has standard Intel hardware and it works fine.