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Walmart is Practically Giving Away This Gateway Laptop Today

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As part of the best Black Friday deals going on right now, Walmart has a fantastic offer on a Gateway 14.1-inch laptop. Currently, you can buy this laptop for just $149, saving you $40 on the usual price of $189. Ideally suited for those on a tight budget, this is a fantastic offer that we can’t see sticking around for long. Grab it now while stocks last.

On the extreme end of the scale of best budget laptops, this Gateway laptop still looks pretty nice. It offers a 14.1-inch screen, an Intel Celeron processor, plus 4GB of memory and 64GB of storage. While that’s pretty low, it still suits a budget productivity device perfectly. It runs Windows 10 S which is perfect for this kind of specification plus it looks pretty stylish. It’s the kind of thing that will suit office work but also make people pay attention during class, too, and it certainly doesn’t look like a budget laptop thanks to such an ultra-slim design.

In addition, you get sound tuned by THX audio, mini HDMI, a 1MP webcam plus a year’s worth of Microsoft 365 Personal for free. An ultra slim design means it’s ideal for tossing into your bag, taking on your daily commute, or taking between classes. It only weighs 3.31 pounds, and it has a battery life of over 8 hours. Basically, it’s everything you could need from a simple productivity-focused machine and at a great price.

Normally priced at $189, this Gateway laptop is down to just $149 for a very limited time only — one of the best Black Friday laptop deals we’ve seen so far. As with all Walmart Black Friday deals, you’ll want to snap it up now so you don’t miss out. With chip shortages continuing to be an issue for laptops and more, once it’s gone, it’s gone. At this price, you’ll be unlikely to find another Windows 10 S based machine this cheap.

After something a bit different? Check out some of the other Walmart Black Friday deals happening today.

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Microsoft Brings Mesh to Teams as Gateway to Metaverse

Microsoft has announced a new feature for Teams that transforms the collaboration tool into its own version of the metaverse. The announcement came out of the Microsoft Ignite conference, just days after Facebook (now known as Meta) announced its own initiative to make the futuristic idea of the metaverse a reality.

The technology being brought over to Teams is called Mesh, which is Microsoft’s own mixed-reality platform, and is used in devices such as the HoloLens. So, what will it be doing in Teams? Well, Microsoft wants to make meetings feel more personal, immersive, and efficient, as well as make remote and hybrid meetings more collaborative.

A bit like the reasoning behind Facebook’s rebrand to Meta, Microsoft envisions the multiverse as the next version of the internet. Since Microsoft says a new metaverse is now inhabited by digital twins of people, Mesh in Teams will purportedly be a way to allow people to gather to communicate, collaborate and share via a personal virtual presence on any device.

One of the ways it does that is to let people use a customized avatar of themselves in a meeting instead of using a static picture or video or having a webcam turned on. Microsoft says that anyone will be able to access Mesh for Teams on standard smartphones, laptops, and even mixed-reality headsets. It is all about letting Teams users feel involved and engaged without having to be on camera.

You can send an avatar to a Teams meeting in lieu of your webcam feed.

“Ongoing studies in Microsoft’s research organization prove this out:People feel more present and engaged in meetings when everyone turns on their video cameras, for example,” says John Roach, executive architect for Digital Transformation Services, in a press release. “But the video option can be awkward and binary – on or off. Too many people, too much of the time, are a static picture or bubble with initials.”

So yes, for starters, you can send an avatar to a Teams meeting in lieu of your webcam feed. According to Katie Kelly, a principal project manager at Microsoft, Mesh avatars will have moving hands, facial expressions, and animated faces. Mesh will use your audio and video to do this, as well as Microsoft’s A.I. technologies, to bring that avatar to life. When you want it, Teams can use the camera to approximate where your mouth is and mimic your head and facial movements.

But Microsoft’s loftier implementation of Mesh goes beyond that simple use case. You can also take your avatars into a completely virtual meeting space, and toss on a VR headset while you’re at it for full immersion.

“Remote workers are far more efficient than most business leaders ever imagined, and they miss each other,” says Roach. “They miss hallway moments, kitchen catch-ups and chance encounters. They miss the body language from across the conference room table that says things that can’t be said.”

Organizations can even create their own digital immersive experiences within Teams, so Teams users can take their avatars into these spaces and mix, mingle, and collaborate. This is where Microsoft hopes to build its own bubble multiverse, a truly virtual office or classroom that recreates the experience of being somewhere physically.

Microsoft Mesh with avatars talking.

Microsoft plans to launch Mesh for Teams over time with a set of prebuilt immersive spaces, supporting a wide range of contexts from meetings and social events. Some sample situations of Mesh in Teams include a design firm using the space for a virtual wall to keep customer pictures, or using it to keep a whiteboard for color-coded tasks, and even showcasing product prototypes on tables.

Rolling out in preview in the first half of 2022 and building on existing features like Together Mode and Presenter view, Microsoft hopes Mesh in Teams can make remote and hybrid meetings more collaborative.

Mesh for Teams is just one feature Microsoft is working on for the new year. At the November edition of the company’s Ignite 2021 conference, a host of other features for Microsoft 365 were announced covering other areas of Teams, as well as Word, and Office.

In Teams, those new features include a new chat with self feature to let you send ideas and reminders, as well as chat density, which lets you see how many chats you want. There’s also a compact mode to let you minimize the need to scroll up and down by fitting 50% more messages on the screen. Other features icclude new emojis and reactions that were teased a few months ago. Delayed delivery of messages and a new search results page cap out the new features for Teams rolling out between now and early 2022.

As for Office.com and Office, Microsoft is updating the experience on Office.com and the Office app for Windows to serve as a hub for files, content, and apps. With the updates, users can easily find content across multiple file types, whether they are stored in the cloud or shared through Microsoft Teams or Outlook.

Smart Alert in Outlook and Recording Studio in PowerPoint cap out the list of new consumer features. Smart Alert is in preview for developers and can eventually be used to alert you before you send an email or appointment on ways to help improve it. And with Recording Studio in PowerPoint, Microsoft is helpingto make recording your presentations easier.

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Gateway PCs return as Walmart exclusives, priced from $200 to $1200

Gateway is back! One of the earliest American PC companies, Gateway may be most remembered for its black-and-white-spotted “cow” logo, a reference to the company’s start (as Gateway 2000) on a farm near Sioux City, Iowa, in 1985.

A lot has happened in the last 35 years. After Acer agreed to acquire the Gateway brand for $710 million in 2007, the company essentially went quiet. 

In its new life, Gateway is a Walmart-exclusive, value-priced brand offering everything from an Android tablet to a gaming laptop. (Walmart also manufactures its own lineup of Motile laptops, which we’ve found to be surprisingly good.) It appears that the iconic “cow”-spotted boxes have returned, too. 

PCWorld editors know a thing or two about how to shop for a “value-priced” laptop you won’t regret, so we took a quick look at the initial offerings on the Gateway product page on Walmart’s website. 

The Gateway 11.6-inch Ultra Slim Notebook, $180 from Walmart.com, has one great thing going for it other than the rock-bottom-price: the 1920×1080 (FHD) display resolution. You can find displays as big as 15.6-inch with that spec, so having it on one this small means images will be unusually crisp. Everything else about this laptop is modest to a fault: The memory and storage amounts are meager, and even the webcam is 480p instead of the predominant 720p. 

We also noticed, on that Gateway laptop and a few others priced $369 and cheaper, that they all used the Windows 10 S operating system. This is the version that restricts you to apps available through the Windows Store. If your computing needs are modest (as they should be if you buy a laptop this inexpensive) you might not mind; but if you want to use any third-party applications, from antivirus to image- or video-editing, you can’t use them with Windows 10 S. 

As you inch closer to $500, compromises start to fall away. The Gateway 14.1-inch FHD Ultra Slim Notebook ($479 at Walmart.com) offers full-fledged Windows 10 Home, and a solid-performing Intel 10th-gen Core i5-1035G1 processor with a generous 16GB of RAM. The 256GB SSD is modestly sized, but you’ll likely feel the pinch only if you download games or save piles of videos and photos. The “1MP” webcam indicates a conventional 720p resolution. You even get a basic USB-C port (for data only, not charging) along with a legacy USB-A. 

The most expensive laptop currently available is the Gateway Creator Series 15.6-inch FHD Performance Notebook ($999 at Walmart.com). As the name suggests, these laptops are intended for graphics-intensive work and also gaming—Gateway even bundles a month’s free trial of Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass for PC.

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This Gateway gaming laptop with a blazing 120Hz screen is just $599

It’s official: The iconic Gateway brand is back as a Walmart-exclusive line, and we just spotted an enticing deal for a Gateway gaming laptop. The 15.6-inch Gateway Creator Series gaming notebook with a 1080p, 120Hz display, a modern AMD Ryzen processor, and discrete Nvidia GeForce graphics is on sale for just $599. That’s $300 off the MSRP and a killer price for an entry-level gaming laptop.

The laptop runs on AMD’s excellent Ryzen 5 4600H processor with six cores, twelve threads, a base clock of 3.0GHz, and a maximum boost of 4GHz. The graphics duties fall on an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 with 4GB of VRAM. Yes, that’s an entry-level GPU, but it’ll still play most games if you fiddle with the visual options—it even meets the requirements for Cyberpunk 2077. Esports games will, of course, sing on this laptop, putting the blazing-fast 120Hz display to work.

The laptop has 8GB of RAM while a 256GB NVMe SSD takes care of storage, and there’s also a microSD slot if you need more capacity. Other ports include one HDMI, two mini Display Port, one USB Type-C port, and two standard USB 3.1 ports.

The laptop is also loaded with THX Spatial Audio and it comes with a free month of Microsoft’s fantastic Xbox Game Pass for PC. It’s a nice starter rig for the gamer in your life, or just as a nice laptop that’s easy to port around at just 4 pounds. For more options, check out our guide to the best gaming laptops, but most play-ready notebooks aren’t anywhere near this affordable.

[Today’s deal: Gateway Creator Series 15.6-inch gaming laptop for $600 on Walmart.]

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Gateway GWTN156-3BK review: A gaming laptop that lives a bit too loud

Gateway’s back! This once-famous PC company from the 1990s was purchased by Acer some years ago. It sat idle until Acer resuscitated the Gateway brand earlier this year, complete with spotted-cow mascot, as a Walmart exclusive. One of the first new offerings, the poetically named Gateway GWTN156-3BK, builds a Comet Lake-H mobile CPU and a modestly aggressive Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 chip into a laptop costing just $999 at Walmart.

Does it deliver? Absolutely. While both the available memory and SSD are sparser than we’d like, our tests revealed satisfactory to very good gaming performance. The design has its highlights too, including a decent keyboard and a good mix of connectivity options.

This review is part of our ongoing roundup of the best laptops. Go there for information on competing products and how we tested them. 

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The Gateway spotted-cow logo reappears on the lid of the laptop.

Gateway GWTN156-3BK: Specs and features

In a year when everyone needs a laptop to work or study from home, even a vintage PC brand like Gateway can get some traction—we saw this laptop move in and out of availability during our review period. (There is also a version with a Ryzen 5 4600H and a GeForce GTX 1650 for $799.)  There’s no relationship to Walmart’s own Motile house brand, of which we reviewed the surprisingly good Motile M142 budget laptop (currently out of stock). 

With most premier gaming laptops priced at several thousand dollars, the question we want to answer is where Gateway (or Acer) cut corners to bring this gaming laptop down to its $1,000 price point. There are no variations on memory or SSD size, for instance, though the amounts you get are adequate. Here are the primary specs:

  • Display: 15.6-inch LCD IPS (1920×1080, 120Hz) non-touch
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-10300H (“Comet Lake”)
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 6GB
  • Memory:  8GB Micron DDR4-3200 
  • Storage: 256GB PCIe SSD (PM8256GPTCB4B8TF-E13T2A)
  • Ports: 1 HDMI 2.0, 2 miniDisplayPort 1.4, USB-C (charge+data transfer), 2 USB 3.1, ethernet, microSD, Kensington lock
  • Camera: 720p (user-facing)
  • Battery: 46.7 Wh (design and full charge)
  • Wireless: WiFi 6 (Intel AX201), Bluetooth 
  • Operating system: Windows 10 Home
  • Dimensions (inches): 14.2 x 9.7 x 0.8in.
  • Weight: 4 pounds
  • Color: Black
  • Price: $999 at Walmart

The external design is plain, with a charcoal plastic shell and the classic Gateway spotted-cow badge adorning the lid. The quirkiness of the brand—there’s another cow peering quizzically at you from the laptop’s desktop background—is somewhat at odds with the gamer aesthetic, especially with the cow gazing down at the RGB-lit keyboard.

Gateway GWTN156-3BK power performance toggle Mark Hachman / IDG

Gateway’s GWTN156-3BK provides a button to the left of the power button to switch between Office, Gaming, and Turbo modes, but it has little effect.

What does scream “gamer” are the aggressive ventilation openings to the sides, bottom and rear. The fans scream too, unfortunately—almost always whining gently in the background, even when manually set to the low fan mode in the Control Center utility. It was often loud enough to annoy me until I donned headphones.

Related, to the left of the power button above the keyboard there’s a secondary button with three modes: Office, Gaming, and Turbo. For the life of me I couldn’t understand why Gateway had included it, as our performance testing revealed that the modes did absolutely nothing that our tests could discern. Once the fan dropped down into “low” and shut off in Office mode, I finally grokked why the toggle was useful.

The port layout is plentiful and yet frustrating. USB Type-A ports adorn both sides of the laptop, supporting an external keyboard and mouse if you so wish. A dropjaw version of the ethernet connector provides both high bandwidth and reduced ping times. There’s a single HDMI port and two miniDisplayPort connectors, perfect for my existing miniDP-to-HDMI cables. There’s even an increasingly rare SD card slot.

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This ultra-slim Gateway laptop is $399 after a huge $300 discount

If you need a laptop for yourself or someone on your gift list Walmart is the place to be today. The online retailer is selling a 14-inch Gateway ultra slim laptop with a Core i5 processor for $399. That price is $300 off the MSRP, and a spectacular price for a laptop with these specs.

This Gateway ultra-slim features a 14-inch 1080p display, 16GB of RAM, and 256GB of onboard storage. The processor is the quad core, eight thread “Ice Lake” Core i5-1035G1 with a 1GHz base clock and a boost to 3.6GHz. 

The laptop also includes a fingerprint scanner for biometric login with Windows Hello, as well as “Tuned by THX Audio.” For ports you get one HDMI out, one USB Type-C (no charging), and two USB 3.0 ports. It also has Bluetooth 5.1 and built-in stereo speakers, of course.

As for the ultra-thin claim, this laptop measures a mere 0.8-inch thick, and it weighs in around 3.5 pounds. That makes this laptop very portable with a good amount of power under the hood for carrying out everyday tasks. It doesn’t have a ton of onboard storage however—the one compromise at this ultra-affordable sale price—so you might need to offload some files to the cloud, consider upgrading your SSD, or invest in an external drive for extra help. If you live in your browser and Office, however, the 256GB of storage should be enough for a long while.

[Today’s deal: 14-inch Gateway ultra slim notebook for $400 at Walmart.]

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