We've been getting a handful of reader queries per week recently about Gateway's well-known line of budget gaming laptops. The FX systems, including the most recent models, the P-7805u FX and P-7808u FX, have always impressed with mid-high-end components, big screens, and--most importantly--low prices. But these models have an unfortunate habit of vanishing from store shelves before the next update is ready, leaving PC gamers in a lurch.
Fortunately, two new models are within reach (although one isn't really all that new), even if they're not available for sale yet. Gateway lists both the P-7807u FX and P-7809u FX as "available soon," with the latter model slated for J&R and Fry's, and the former for "select retailers," (which usually means Newegg.com). Note that the P-7807u FX isn't exactly brand new--it's been available sporadically in some areas, but it looks like Gateway is "relaunching" it at a discounted price.
Both keep the same Nvidia GeForce 9800 GPU (which is getting a bit long in the tooth), but the prices are still hard to beat, and these should be fine for all but the most hard-core, frame-rate-obsessed gamers. Here's a glance at the specs:… Read more