Gateway NV5214 Laptop Review

October 4, 2009




Are you looking for a great laptop that won’t break your budget. Well I have one I can recommend you. It is the Gateway NV5214u which comes fully loaded and includes one of my favorites things on a laptop and that is an HDMI port. This laptop goes anywhere from $449 to $549. Check out the video below where I will show you all the features on it. Also below are the technical specs for the machine and where you can get it.

One thing I wanted to mention is that if you can’t find it because the store is out of stock, than wait until October 22nd which is when Windows 7 launches. Stores are holding out on putting out inventory since they want to put out the laptops with Windows 7 preinstalled and not vista. Come October 22nd all laptops or computers sold at retail stores will most likely have Windows 7 and Vista will be a thing of the past.


Where you can Buy: 


Bestbuy $549 it was on sale for $449:

Gateway’s Website:



AMD Athlonâ„¢ 64 X2 QL-64 Dual-Core Processor (2.1GHz, 667MHz FSB, 1MB L2 Cache)9

Operating System
Windows Vista® Home Premium (64-bit) with SP1

4096MB Dual-Channel DDR2 sDRAM Support

Hard Drive
320GB SATA hard drive4

Sleek Honeycomb Case Design with Glossy Coffee Brown Lid

Wireless Network
802.11b/g/Draft-N Wi-Fi CERTIFIED®

AC Adapter

Application Software
Microsoft® Works, Microsoft® Windows Live™ Essentials & Microsoft® Office Home and Student 2007 (60-day complimentary trial period)3

6-Cell Lithium Ion (4400 mAh)

Chassis with ATI Radeon® HD 3200 Graphics with up to 1919MB of HyperMemory™ supporting Shader Model 4.0 and Microsoft® DirectX® 10 with AMD RS780MN Chipset

Covenience Features
Gateway MyBackup Button, Touchpad Lock and Dedicated Numeric Keypad

Digital Media Software
Cyberlink® DVD Solution™ featuring PowerDVD™ and Power2 Go™

Dimensions (Box)
3.97" (H) x 16.6" (W) x 12.4" (D) or 101mm (H) x 421mm (W) x 314mm (D)

Dimensions (System)
1.0"-1.50" (H) x 14.6" (W) x 9.8" (D) or 26-37mm (H) x 372mm (W) x 250mm (D)

15.6" HD WXGA Ultrabrightâ„¢ LED-backlit Display (1366 x 768 resolution, 16:9 aspect ratio)11

External Ports
(4) USB 2.0, VGA Port, HDMIâ„¢ Port

Keyboard and Mouse
Full-Size Keyboard, Synaptics Touchpad with Vertical Scroll

Media Card Reader
Digital Media Card Reader (Memory Stickâ„¢, Memory Stickâ„¢ Pro, Multi Media Cardâ„¢, Reduced-Size Multi Media Cardâ„¢, Secure Digitalâ„¢, xD-Picture Cardâ„¢)5

56K ITU V.92 ready Fax/Modem (RJ-11 port)

10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN (RJ-45 port)

Optical Drive
8x DVD-Super Multi Double-Layer Drive

Productivity Software
Adobe® Reader®, Adobe® Flash® Reader, Gateway MyBackup Solution, Gateway Recovery Management

Security Software
Norton Internet Securityâ„¢ 2009 (60-day trial)

High-Definition Audio Support (2nd Generation Dolby Sound Room® Audio Enhancement featuring Dolby® Headphone, Dolby® Natural Bass, Dolby® Sound Space Expander), Built-In speakers, Digital microphone, headphone/Speaker/Line-Out Jack with S/PDIF support

1 Year Parts and Labor

Web Camera
Integrated High-Def Webcam

6.82 lbs. (3.1 kg) system unit only / 10.28 lbs. (4.66 kg.) box

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32 Responses to “Gateway NV5214 Laptop Review”

  1. Symp EL Says:

    Great review and even better site. I have the NV52 and I have been more than pleased with it. I have heard people complain about the speakers, but I have been very pleased with them. Very loud.

  2. Marshall Says:

    I recently bought a Gateway NV52. I know a good thing when I see it.
    I could not be more pleased.

  3. Joe C Says:

    I just bought a Gateway NV52 and I’m happy with it for the most part except that when you try to use an external mouse the whole screen goes black and the computer becomes unresponsive. I checked some threads online and apparently it’s a pretty common problem.

  4. halfacup Says:

    I have been using the NV52 for two weeks with a wireless logitech mouse and have had no problems. I use the unit for home and personal use and I have been extremely satisfied. This has been one great buy. Highly recommend!!!

  5. Matt Says:

    Well, I would of agreed with halfacup untill resently. I was using mine with a old dell optical mouse. It worked just fine for about two weeks. I just formatted my computer due to, mistakes I made and ran into this same problem. That’s how I ended up here. I have had it unplugged for about ten minutes now and no problems yet…

    I hope it is just some fluke with the mouse. I will google it I guess, see if there is a patch or fix.

    Other then today, I give it 10/10. It works well, and really is about the best deal for the dollar. The only way to get something better, is to spend about another 400-500 bucks.

  6. Matt Says:

    It seems it’s just a mouse driver problem. I opened up the device manager and then plugged in the mouse and updated the drivers over the internet. I haven’t had a black screen since.

  7. Dave Says:

    Phenomenal review, very helpful for showing the number of memory slots, features, benchmark, webcam, everything. Thank you!! I am now (will be) the happy owner of this laptop. Thank you Aramistech!

  8. a30pkakeystone Says:

    i just bought one yesterday and i am really impressed. i was looking to spend about 650-750 on a dell or an hp and the salesman showed me this. it was 480 so at first i was sceptical but once i looked at the specs and tried it out i was amazed. the specs were the same as the dells and hps around 6-700 but this one had an actuall videocard with dedicated memory. im very happy i got it it was 200$ cheaper than i wanted to spend(maybe 300) and actually a little better. as mentioned before to get something better u have to atleast spend another 4-500$

  9. ozzy Says:

    i picked one of these up a week ago today. so far ive had no problems and i love this machine. one thing i havent figured out how to work with is the multi in 1 card reader. ive googled around for the past hr and all i keep getting is just specs and such. no real help at all.
    i checked and it does support xD picture cards, but im not sure if just slide the card right in and if its supposed to be right side up or upside down.
    any help will be much appreciated. thanks.

  10. phred Says:

    I bought mine 2 days ago, and so far love it except for the slightly too flat keyboard, and everytime I go for the backspace I hit the equal sign a few times. And I will definatly go back and get an external mouse.

    I do have a question though, which is how I found my way here. Can anyone explain why the battery light stays lit blue in the lower left of the deck? I’ve powered the machine down, but the light stays on and blue. Thnx

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  12. George Blackwell Says:

    Awesome review, answered many of the questions I had in mind. Any idea what you will be reviewing next?

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  21. Alex Says:

    It’s a trash….4 times the HD was dead…..bad computer….

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  23. kishore Says:

    pls tell me the actual price of gatewaynv52
    15.6″HD LED LCD
    320 GB HDD
    4GB Memory
    DVD-super Multi DL drive
    Multi-in-1 card reader

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  31. Kameron Says:

    I’ve had this laptop for 3 years and it is a ok one…. The hardware inside is not a good design. The software is great tho! Over all I would give it a 4 stars out of 5.

  32. michael Says:

    Ive had my NV52 for about 2 years now its been the best computer i could had ever hoped for except for its heat problem. The NV52 gets incredibly hot very fast and when it does it will have these “lag spikes” lasting 30 seconds when the whole system just does not respond. The laptop is perfect for casual gaming and i bought a cooling pad which fixed the problem! =]

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