Well I got my M505X (not the XL, I cant justify spending $400 for a better hard drive, slightly better processor, and DVDR drive) this morning, a great suprise to me! That wonderful UPS guy was here at 9 am, i was just getting up an hour later than I should have, and to my suprise my brother walks into my room and gives me a nice cow covered box. Needless to say, I did not go to class today.
Anyways, on to what really matters...
First off, the "check all contents if seal is broken" seal was, well, broken. A little nervous, I noticed a wee little sticker next to it that said "opened for inspection" on it. Whatever. I opened it up, and it was packaged quite well. One of the dividers had nothing in it, and there was no documentation that said what should be in the box. I need to call gateway to see if anything was missing, but alas, I am lazy and I had a new toy to play with. Everything seemed to be there, and none of the bags were opened.
Turning it on:
So i turn my new baby on, and I get the "welcome to windows XP and all that garbage that you get when you turn on a store bought system for the first time. Within 2 minutes, my baby was up and running. The battery was fully charged, which would not have bothered me either way, but I can't complain. A fullly charged battery shows about 4.5 hours, but I still need to benchark the battery usage.
The very first thing I did was to inspect the screen as best as I could. One bad pixel and I was going to be pissed. Everything looked fine, so I fired up some FINDING NEMO to test out the screen. Seriously, If you have that movie, and you should because it really is great, Ellen is fantastic as Dori and that movie, you really need to try that on your lappy because the color is just amazing. The color, to me, looked just plain brilliant running on this machine. And I still could not find a dead pixel. I thought i did, but it turned out to be a little dirt fuzz the size of a pixel. Whew.
Specs (if you don't already know):
Microsoft® Windows® XP Home Edition
Microsoft® Works Suite 7.0
Norton AntiVirus 90 day Introductory Offer
Mobile Intel® Pentium® M Processor 1.4GHz
512MB DDR SDRAM
40GB ultra ATA hard drive
Integrated Secure Digital (SD) memory card reader
Integrated 24x/10x/24x CD-RW / 8x DVD slot load combo
Value Service Plan-1Yr parts/in factory labor/no on-site/1 Yr
& 90-day SW technical support
(1) Type II PC card slot
(3) USB 2.0, VGA, Parallel, (2) IEEE 1394 (FireWire), S-Video T
15.4" WXGA TFT Active Matrix
ATI Radeon 9600 Graphics with 64MB DDR video memory
Full-sized keyboard w/ dedicated one-touch control panel and
EZ pad pointing device
Integrated 20-bit sound and stereo speakers w/ Subwoofer,
headphone/speaker jack, and mic jacks