Conclusion: The final ace up Gateway's sleeve is value. Even the top-of-the-line model 600XL with a 2.0GHz mobile Pentium 4 goes for $2,978 (which you can trim to $2,800 by sending in a limited-time rebate and choosing Windows XP Home Edition instead of Professional). And our 1.7GHz test unit -- which actually bore the 600XL designation when built but is now a 600X, with the XL designation reserved for 1.8GHz, 1.9GHz, and 2.0GHz models -- came to $2,477 ($2,377 after rebate).
Pros: Gigantic, gorgeous 15.7-inch display, Impressive value -- under $2,500 with WiFi, FireWire, Win XP Pro, and more
Cons: Huge and heavy; as ponderous as it is powerful, Stiff keyboard feel, chintzy speakers