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If you spend enough time with a tablet or smartphone, you may find yourself instinctively wanting to tap at your notebook on occasion, too. More and more models are starting to support touch input, including ones with a low cost of entry. If that's the goal (touch computing for cheap), it doesn't get much more budget friendly than Gateway's new touchscreen models: 10.1-inch LT41P and 15.6-inch NV570P.
Starting with the smaller model, the LT41P features a 1366x768 resolution powered by Intel Celeron processor options, 2GB of DDR3L memory, up to 500GB of storage space, 802.11n Wi-Fi, two USB 2.0 ports, a USB 3.0 port, SD card reader, HD webcam, and 5 hours of run time. It's obviously a basic laptop, but with a low starting price of $330.
Gateway's NV570P starts at $450 and sports a 15.6-inch HD touch display, 3rd generation Intel Core processor options, up to 8GB of DDR3 RAM, up to 750GB of storage capacity, DVD burner, 802.11n Wi-Fi, two USB 2.0 ports, a USB 3.0 port, SD card reader, HD webcam, and Windows 8.
"The new Gateway LT41P and NV570P lines are great mobile companions for people who want the convenience and enjoyment of a touch-screen display with the productivity of a built-in keyboard," said Eric Ackerson, Gateway product marketing manager. "The 10-point touch interface is a natural way to interact with the notebook, as it enhances so much of what busy PC users enjoy, such as educational apps, browsing websites, scrolling through reports and playing games. The new Gateway lines are ideal for customers who put a premium on productivity-enhancing technology that still lets them stay within their budget."
Both models are available now.