Gateway M280-E convertible tablet

Traditional notebook configuration

In September 2005, Gateway renamed many of its laptops depending on the target audience--consumer, small/medium business, or enterprise. The M280-E has since been reconfigured and as of this writing is offered as the M285-E.

Although the M285-E offers a newer Core 2 Duo processor, upgraded video adapter, and larger hard drive, the unit's exterior and general functionality are the same. A well-equiped M285-E retails for $1579.00.

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