Gateway GWTN156-11BK 15.6″ Affordable Ultra Slim Laptop (Intel Pentium, 4GB / 128GB)

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Note: There’s a new version of the laptop. It’s the Gateway GWNC31514.

Specifications of the Gateway GWTN156-11BK/BL/GN/RD

Here are the specs of the Gateway GWTN156-11BK/BL/GN/RD with descriptions of its features. For comparison against other laptops, you can use the "Compare Specs" button.

Brand Gateway
Laptop Type Standard non-convertible laptop

This laptop features a clamshell-only design, without ability to convert itself into a tablet.

Affordable laptop

It is usually priced at below $500, making it an affordable laptop PC.
Performance Entry-level performance

This notebook provides a basic computing power. It can be used for the daily home and office tasks, but operation won't be as smooth as on the mid-range or high-performance laptops. On the positive side, entry-level laptops tend to be very power efficient. Read more about performance of the laptop in the CPU, GPU, RAM, and Storage sections below.
Screen Size 15.6-inch

This is by far the most popular laptop screen size. It provides a lot of screen real estate, while avoiding bulkiness of the 17.3" laptops.
Screen Resolution 1920x1080 pixels Full HD

Full HD is the most common laptop screen resolution today. It provides a good image sharpness and a decent amount of space on the display for the user interface and programs. However, it isn't as good as the top-tier 4K Ultra HD.
Touchscreen No

This laptop doesn't support touchscreen input.
Other Display Specs IPS type

Displays based on IPS technology provide much wider viewing angles than the budget-class TN screens.
About Laptop Display Learn about laptop PC displays here.
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium Silver N5030 (decent for daily computing, but not fully smooth)
About Processors The laptop's processor (CPU) is the main chip of the system and a very important computing performance factor.
Graphics (GPU) Intel UHD 605 integrated graphics (for the lightest games only)
About Graphics Processors Graphics processor (GPU) is the main factor for 3D gaming performance. It also affects performance of other graphics intensive tasks like some image and video editing operations.
System Memory (RAM) Size 4GB RAM

4GB is a small RAM size for computing in 2022. For smooth operation of a laptop during everyday tasks, at least 8GB is recommended.
About RAM System memory (RAM) size determines multi-tasking capability of a laptop - how many tasks and programs you can run at the same time. Some programs and games may require large RAM to run properly.

Learn about RAM of laptop PCs here.
Data Storage 128GB eMMC

128GB is a relatively small storage space. However, it is usable if you don't store a lot of large files like movies and don't install a lot of programs.
About Data Storage Storage capacity determines how much data you can store locally on your laptop. SSD storage is much faster than HDD storage.

Learn about laptop PC data storage here.
DVD Optical Drive None
Keyboard & Input Non-backlit keyboard with dedicated number pad

The keyboard has a separate numeric pad on the right side of the keyboard, but it has no keyboard backlight.

Touchpad with click buttons built into the surface

The left and right click buttons are built into the surface of the touchpad, as opposed to separate physical buttons.
Speakers & Audio Stereo speakers

As usual, the device features a pair of built-in stereo speakers.

Combo microphone and headphones audio jack

This laptop has the ordinary 3.5mm combo audio jack that supports both headphone output and microphone input simultaneously.
Camera Front-facing web camera

Laptops usually feature a frontal webcam located on the display bezel. This laptop is no exception.

HD 720p resolution

This is the most common web camera resolution in laptops. However, it's low in comparison to camera resolutions of modern smartphones, so it can't produce as sharp picture.
Wi-Fi Wireless 802.11AC

The 802.11AC is the previous-generation wireless networking standard. It's also known as Wi-Fi 5. 802.11AC is succeeded by 802.11AX Wi-Fi 6 with data transfer speed and multi-device connectivity improvements.
Ethernet Network Port No

This laptop has no Ethernet LAN port for wired internet and networking connectivity.
Bluetooth Yes

This laptop has a built-in Bluetooth module. It enables you to connect the computer to Bluetooth mice and other Bluetooth peripherals, smartphones, and other Bluetooth-equipped devices.
USB Ports 1 x USB-C

A compact type of USB port, commonly found in modern laptops and phones.

2 x USB Type A

A pair of full-size USB ports.
Video Output Ports 1 x HDMI

HDMI is a widely used digital video output port. You can find HDMI-in ports on most computer monitors and TVs.
Media Card Reader MicroSD card reader

The laptop has a slot for MicroSD memory cards. These are small SD cards commonly used in smartphones.
Other Features Microsoft (Office) 365 Personal 1-year subscription for free

By purchasing this laptop, you get a free-of-charge 1-year subscription for Microsoft 365 Personal package that also includes MS Office programs.
Battery "up to 8.5 hours" of battery life

(according to manufacturer)
About Battery The battery life varies depending on usage, settings, and other factors.
Weight 4.2 pounds
Height 0.8"
Width 14.8"
Depth 9.6"
Casing Material Plastics
Casing Color Green

Gray

Blue

Red
Windows Version Windows 10 in S mode

Windows 10 in S mode is a very secure but limited Windows version that can't run every Windows program. It is upgradeable free-of-charge to full Windows 10, supporting all modern Windows programs. You can also upgrade to Windows 11, if the hardware requirements are met. More info on windows.com.
Warranty 1-year

A typical laptop warranty length.
Country / Region United States

The device under this particular SKU name is sold on the US market. It may be also available under different SKU names in the US and other regions.

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User Reviews and Q&A on the Gateway GWTN156-11BK/BL/GN/RD

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  1. Question

    Tim A.

    Will the USB-C put oout video? I doubt it but just asking.

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  2. Question

    richard

    With it charge with the type c port

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    • Dan

      The USB-C port on the GWTN156-11 only supports data, so no charging, according to Gateway.

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  3. Question

    James

    Forgot password

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  4. Question

    Two wings Blackhawk

    Is this device suitable for writing a Novel? Or is there software available for this purpose?

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    • Dan

      The laptop offers a basic performance, but text processing software doesn’t demand a powerful laptop. So, it can be suitable for writing, despite being a basic laptop. For writing you can use programs like MS Office Word, which comes with this laptop for free for the 1st year. Or you can use free software like Google Docs or Libre Office.

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  5. Question

    Draden

    Can i ad additional ram if so how

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    • Dan

      Based on this disassembly video, there’s no RAM slot, so you can’t upgrade RAM. It’s soldered onto the motherboard.
      Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3EQDryquaJ8

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  6. Dan

    Here’s a useful video review of the laptop.

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    • CED

      thank for this. I was going to get this which I did order from walmart after looking at your review of this I decide to cancel the order.

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    • Michelle Adams

      I got this for a Christmas gift should I keep it in the s mode or not, also do I need additional antivirus download

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    • Dan

      If you only run apps that are available now in S mode like the default Windows browser or apps from Microsoft Store, there’s no need to upgrade to full Windows and you don’t need antivirus software.

      But even if you decide to upgrade to full Windows for a full Windows software support, a 3rd party antivirus isn’t absolutely necessary. I personally run Windows 10 / 11 Home with it’s built-in antivirus software without any security issues for years.

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    • Fernandino

      i got this this January 2021 from Walmart, and its hard to get things done. you gotta just look deep into it and find the stuff yourself. the Microsoft app store is small, not much. unlike androids were you can find many apps and stuff. but being a poor man, i love it. but i give it 3 stars. its alright tho. it comes in handy for movies and web searching.

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    • Draden

      Can i upgrade my ram if so how?

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  7. Question

    Henry

    will a ssd installed help memory? What kind will fit.

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    • Dan

      Hi, based on this video of the GWTN156-11BK, there is a single 2.5″ HDD / SSD slot, so you can put a 2.5-inch SSD with SATA connector drive in it to expand storage (different from RAM memory, which isn’t expandable). You can also use a 2.5″ HDD instead of SSD, but these are slow and not recommended.

      https://youtu.be/kK1CnQ73gJk?t=158

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