Gateway NE56R49U

Gateway NE56R49U

If you were considering buying the 15.6-inch NE56R48U laptop with the Intel Pentium B960 processor for $300, the Gateway NE56R49U will give you a second thought. For $50 more, or $350 precisely, the NE56R49U delivers a faster Core i3 CPU and a larger 500GB hard drive, up from 320GB. (Note: The laptop is currently unavailable on the market.)

The included chip is the Core i3-3110M from the latest “Ivy Bridge” generation, with much better computing muscle than the B-series Pentium from the older “Sandy Bridge” lineup. The main additional feature of the mentioned i3 is HyperThreading, allowing better multitasking and performance generally. Also, the built-in Intel HD 4000 GPU is better than the older Intel HD on the Pentium. But, it isn’t a gaming-class graphics processor by no means.

Intel Core i3-3110M Benchmark

Among other features, the Gateway’s NE56R49U has 4GB of RAM, a DVD burner, stereo speakers, webcam, three USB ports, HDMI, and a six-cell battery.

It has a silver / black chassis made of glossy plastics and a classic-style keyboard without big spacing between keys, which are, on the positive side, pretty much large.

NE56R49U rear view

Gateway NE56R49U Specifications:

  • Display: 15.6-inch at 1366 x 768 pixels, Ultrabright (glossy)
  • Processor: Intel Core i3-3110M “Ivy Bridge” dual-core at 2.4GHz, 3MB cache
  • Graphics: Intel HD 4000 integrated
  • Memory: 4GB DDR3 1,600MHz, expandable to 8GB
  • Storage: 500GB 5,400rpm hard drive
  • Optical drive: DVD writer
  • Webcam: 1.3MP webcam
  • Audio: stereo speakers, Intel HD audio
  • Network: 802.11N Wi-Fi, Gigabit Ethernet LAN
  • Input: keyboard with classic (non-isle) keys, number pad, multitouch touchpad
  • Ports and Slots: 3 USB 2.0 ports, HDMI and VGA video ports, multiformat card reader
  • Battery: 6-cell lithium-ion
  • Dimensions: 1.3″ x 15″ x 10″
  • Weight: 5.5 pounds
  • OS: Windows 8 64-bit OS
  • Warranty: 1-year
Written by Dan

On Laptoping, Dan writes about Windows-based laptop, 2-in-1, and tablet PCs.

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19 thoughts on “Gateway NE56R49U”

  1. I have this computer and it just doesn’t do anything.
    It is dead , nothing. I don’t know what to do.

  2. I have this laptop and I have been very satisfied until recently. My laptop has stopped charging itself. At first I just had to jiggle the cord around the plug in on the lap top to get it to charge. However the problem got persistently worse. I ordered a new charger, no luck. Today it stopped charging all together. The manufacturer’s warranty is one year and I bought my laptop one year and a month and a half ago.I was 16 when I bought it, I don’t have a job and i dropped nearly $400 with tax and all. My issue could be a fluke, but fair warning.

    1. mine broken inside charge port, I had to fix it welding together. its a bit of a work to do, but totally worth it.

  3. Where can I find The listed Divice manager? I was missing them when I reinstalled window 7 ultimate. I have been looking online with brand name gateway,but I can’t gate solution
    Device Manager
    1.Network Controller
    2.PCI Simple communications contloller
    3. SM Bus controller


  4. Hi, I hope someone can find a solution to this problem, I have to re-installed windows 7 on my gateway Xps 17 due to a problem with Software. Thinking that I would resolve one problem I end up with another one bigger than the first one, so know I am missing my network controller driver which I can not find any ware. That is the only drive that I need for my wireless to work, and I am going a bit mad here try to find a solution, Any help will be greatly appreciated.


  5. my internet conection keeps on dropping on this one, how do i solve it? i run it side by side with my older (dell) laptop, this one drops while the old dell remains connected. how do i solve this?

    1. I keep getting the same problem. Keeping the Internet connected is a challenge on Gateway NE56R49u.

      I refreshed the wifi driver many times. I checked but Gateway does not offer upgraded or updated driver on their website. It maybe windows 8.1 related or its Gateway.

      1. I’m just guessing here, but disabling “selective suspend” on your Wi-Fi adapter might help. Go to Control Panel / Device Manager / Network Adapters / your Wi-Fi adapter / right-click / Properties / Advanced / disable Selective Suspend.

  6. Paying anything over $20 for this worthless piece of crap computer is highway robbery. It can’t even handle the mundane task of bringing up gmail login page without having to think about it and make you wait for about 90 seconds. Total trash. Don’t waste your time or money.

  7. Where can I find a replacement battery? I bought this laptop and the battery was missing. I have been looking online but I am always asked for the series number which I have no idea where to find it.

    1. Try searching for “Gateway NE56R battery replacement”, you’ll find it on various online stores. NE56R is the name of the series which the NE56R49U belongs to. Serial numbers on laptops are usually located on the bottom of the chassis.

  8. Where can I find this laptop at this price? So far, I’ve only been able to find it on the Gateway site at $429.

  9. It’s just a re-branded Acer Aspire E1, but it’s cheaper. Only the logos are different.

    1. Yeah, Gateway became Acer’s subsidiary a couple of years ago. Gateway brand is usually cheaper while offering basically the same components and looks. This model is just one of the examples.

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