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Gateway delivers holiday touchscreen notebook joy starting at $349

Gateway LT41P
Go on, touch it

If you've whispered into Santa's ear about that new Windows notebook on your Christmas list this year, Gateway may wind up playing elf as it delivers a pair of new touchscreen-equipped models, just in time for the holidays.

Acer-owned Gateway announced its first touch-enabled LT and NV Series notebook models today, featuring frameless, edge-to-edge HD displays in two screen sizes, each with 10-point touch capabilities.

With its 10.1-inch LCD display, the smaller of the duo is the Gateway LT41P, featuring a 1366 x 768 resolution powered by Intel Celeron processors and capable of up to five hours of battery life.

Just over an inch thick and weighing a mere 2.83 pounds, the LT41P can be purchased complete with 2GB RAM and 500GB hard drive starting at only $329.99.

Bigger is better

For those seeking a little more screen real estate from their new notebook, the Gateway NV570P offers a spacious 15.6-inch widescreen HD LED-backlit touch display powered by Intel Core processors.

Starting at $449.99 with 8GB RAM and Intel HD Graphics 4000 with 128MB of dedicated memory, the NV570P can be configured with up to 750GB of hard drive storage as well as a super-multi DVD drive capable of producing M-DISC archival quality optical media.

Both Windows 8 notebooks are internet-ready out of the box with 802.11b/g/n W-Fi, Bluetooth connectivity and HD webcams for video chatting with HDMI and dual USB 2.0 ports; NV570P models also come equipped with a high-speed USB 3.0 port.

Available now from Gateway's online store, the LT41P and NV570P series bundle Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 Edition software, offering on-the-go access to Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote at no additional cost.