Gateway has manufactured computers since 1985. The company introduced its ML3109 laptop for home and small business use in 2007. These laptops had a low weight, relatively thin fold-down size, moderate battery life and large display size. According to the “Computers Place” website, a Gateway ML3109 originally retailed for $499.
Each Gateway ML3109 measured 1.41 inches in height with a 13-inch width and a 9.45-inch depth. The front of each ML3109 featured a 14.1-inch diagonal TFT LCD display. This WXGA-type display had a maximum resolution of 1,280 by 800 pixels. These laptops weighed 5.2 pounds. Gateway included a 6-cell lithium ion battery with each and a 3-prong AC adaptor cord. When connected to the computer and plugged into a wall outlet, this adaptor charged the battery automatically or enabled the ML3109 to run without the battery.
A 1.6 GHz Intel Celeron M processor operated the Gateway ML3109. This processor featured a 1 MB L2 Cache that off-loaded processes from the main processor at 533 MHz. Each Gateway ML3109 came with 512 MB of DDR2 RAM memory installed. The Gateway ML3109 offered two slots for memory; each slot could hold 1 GB maximum. A base model ML3109 featured an 80 GB hard drive. Gateway included an ATI Radeon Xpress 200M graphics card with 64 MB of memory for video processing and a two-channel audio card that processed sound.
Input & Output
Gateway equipped the ML3109 with a full size keyboard with functional (FN) keys and a touchpad pointing device. Each ML3109 offered USB ports for connecting USB flash drives, or USB keyboards, a USB mouse or USB connected-printer. The internal 4-in-1 Digital Media Reader accepted memory sticks, memory stick pros, multimedia cards and Secure Digital (SD) cards. The ML3109 connected to the Internet via its internal 56K fax/modem or the 802.11g wireless network adaptor card. It also included a 10/100 Mbps Ethernet card.
Gateway installed the 32-bit version of Windows Vista Home Basic as the standard operating system on its ML3109 laptop. The company also included Microsoft’s Digital Image Starter Edition photo and image management and editing software, Microsoft Money 2006 financial planning software and Microsoft Works word processing software. Each ML3109 came with a 60-day trial of Microsoft Office Suite, which included MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and other programs. These laptops also had a free 90-day trial of McAfee Internet Security Suite, an antivirus program and a 90-day trial period of AOL 9.0.
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