There may be reports that Acer is skeptical about putting out its 11.6 inch Aspire One on shelves, but its brother Gateway seems to be sliding into the same space. However, Gateway also seems to be shaking up the specs on the inside of its 11.6-inch LT3100 by forgoing an Intel solution (nor Atom or CULV) for an AMD Athlon processor.
The Gateway LT3103u will be available at Best Buy, according to the company’s site, and will start for $399. It will be outfitted with a 1.2GHz AMD Athlon 64 CPU, ATI Radeon X1270 graphics, Windows Vista Home Basic SP1, 2GB of RAM and a 250GB hard drive.
We caught a glimpse of the LT3100’s hardware at Computex earlier this month. The chassis while very similar to the 11.6-inch Acer Aspire One has a few key differences. Firstly the lid is styled after Gateway’s MD or MC Series. The glossy black and red units that were on display have a silver buckle centered on the top of the lid. Nevertheless, it has the same compact build and is 1.03-inches thick and weighs just about 3 pounds.
Underneath the lid the LT3100 has the same 11.6 1366 x 768 resolution, LED-backlit display as the Acer. It also has the same full size keyboard which is quite comfortable; we like the small spacing between the flat keys. The trackpad is styled slightly different, and has a scroll bar and silver, single mouse button. We are looking forward to testing the LT3100 especially given its AMD organs.