I just got my new Gateway m505xl the first of the week . I have got to say i am impressed big time !
It has a great screen . Its clear and you can see it from an angle pretty well . i didnt notice any ghosting on any of the games i have played
keyboard is comfortable to type on and is a cool translucent blue color
it has a built in mp3 player that you can use without even turning the system on . there is a seperate partition on the hard drive for the mp3 player . drop your mp3's in that partition and hit play .
battery life is out of this world . sitting on the couch surfing the net with built in wireless connection i get around 4.5 hours of run time . playing games i get around 2 hours of run time
it has a built in dvd writer that writes at 2x it is only dvd-r/rw as i remember .
3 usb 2.0
touchpad only no pointer stick ( i prefer the pointer stick )
i ran a few benchmarks on it 3dmark 2001 score is 9145 . great score for a laptop considering a year and a half ago i would have killed for a score like that on my desktop .
playing need for speed underground at the highest settings 1024-768 with all the details maxed out i noticed no slow downs at all .
delta force black hawk down runs fine at max settings .
dvd playback works well although i am not really into watching dvd's on a little tiny laptop screen when i have a 35 inch tv in the living room .
the only major drawback i can find is the computer was suppose to ship with a 5400 rpm 60 gig hard drive . mine showed up with a 60 gig 4200 rpm hard drive . i emailed gateway tech support and got a prompt reply that they would ship me a new 5400 rpm drive all they needed was a credit card number from me to cover the cost of the drive if i didnt return the old one within 7 days .
overall i think this is a great system very comparable to the dell inspiron 8600 . configured as close to the same as possible the dell ends up costing about 100 more dollars than the gateway though .
more updates to come