Conclusion: The Gateway 450 XL is a mixed bag. On one hand you have a system with a large display, good performance and great external styling. On the other hand you have a lot of overlooked features. We would have liked to have seen better styling inside the notebook to match the outside, a rear cover to protect the back ports, external audio controls, and a larger battery pack.
Pros: Great performance, good value
Cons: No external audio controls, loud internal fan
Conclusion: We noted in our Vaio Z1A review that getting a Centrino notebook, for all the good performance of the Pentium M and smooth operation of the Intel Pro Wireless/2100 802.11b Mini PCI WiFi adapter, doesn't guarantee you the remarkable battery life that Intel is hyping. And to be honest, we were disappointed by our results with the 450XL's standard (six-cell, 3,800 mAh) lithium-ion pack: just over two hours in real-world work (mixing media play and software installation with...
Pros: FireWire, wireless, swappable DVD-ROM/CD-RW -- a fully loaded laptop that isn't a load to carry, Big, high-resolution display; good performance; good value
Cons: Standard battery life could be better, Looking for stylish design or sexy multimedia extras? Keep looking