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Updated January 12, 2024·

If budget is a major concern and you're looking for the more affordable option, the Gateway 14.1" laptop is typically less expensive and includes an IPS display with a higher resolution, which means better color and viewing angles compared to the Lenovo IdeaPad 1 14"'s TN panel with a lower resolution. However, the Lenovo IdeaPad 1 14" runs Windows 11 Home, potentially offering a more current operating system experience compared to the Gateway's Windows 10S. Both laptops use the same processor and have similar battery life, so performance for everyday tasks should be comparable, but for tasks like watching videos or working with images, the Gateway's display might provide a more enjoyable experience. Keep in mind, the Lenovo IdeaPad might offer a smaller footprint and lighter weight, which could make a difference if portability is a key factor for you. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the Gateway 14.1"
  • The Gateway 14.1" has no clear advantages over the Lenovo IdeaPad 1 14".
Advantages of the Lenovo IdeaPad 1 14"
  • The Lenovo IdeaPad 1 14" has no clear advantages over the Gateway 14.1".

Key differences

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Software Development

5.8
14.1"
IdeaPad 1 14"
6.3
3.3/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
3.3/10
4.0 GB
RAM
4.0 GB
1920 x 1080
RESOLUTION
1366 x 768
5.3/10
KEYBOARD QUALITY SCORE
6.5/10
The Lenovo IdeaPad 1 14" is only fair for software development, while the Gateway 14.1" is poor.

Screen Quality

6.0
14.1"
IdeaPad 1 14"
5.3
14.1in
SIZE
14.0in
1920 x 1080
RESOLUTION
1366 x 768
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
TN
60Hz
REFRESH RATE
60Hz
208.0 nits
BRIGHTNESS
239.0 nits
The Gateway 14.1" has a better screen than the Lenovo IdeaPad 1 14" for general use, gaming and AI, and engineering and design, while the Lenovo IdeaPad 1 14" has a better screen for content creation, and software development.

Build Quality

5.1
14.1"
IdeaPad 1 14"
6.0
The Lenovo IdeaPad 1 14" has only fair build quality, while the Gateway 14.1" has poor build quality.

Cost

$99
14.1"
IdeaPad 1 14"
$149
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$50

$100

$150

$200

The Gateway 14.1" has a price of $99 and the Lenovo IdeaPad 1 14" costs $149.
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Key similarities

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General Use

5.6
14.1"
IdeaPad 1 14"
6.1
1920 x 1080
RESOLUTION
1366 x 768
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
TN
208.0 nits
DISPLAY BRIGHTNESS
239.0 nits
8.0 Hours
BATTERY LIFE
9.0 Hours
5.3/10
KEYBOARD QUALITY SCORE
6.5/10
8.0/10
PORTABILITY SCORE
8.3/10
Although they have very similar scores, PerfectRec considers Lenovo IdeaPad 1 14" to be only fair for general use, while the Gateway 14.1" is poor.

Gaming and AI

5.6
14.1"
IdeaPad 1 14"
5.7
2.3/10
OVERALL GPU SCORE
2.3/10
1920 x 1080
RESOLUTION
1366 x 768
60Hz
REFRESH RATE
60Hz
No
SUPPORTS DLSS
No
No
MUX SWITCH / ADVANCED OPTIMUS
No
7.0/10
FAN NOISE SCORE
10.0/10
The Lenovo IdeaPad 1 14" and Gateway 14.1" are both poor for gaming and AI.

Engineering and Design

5.5
14.1"
IdeaPad 1 14"
5.6
3.3/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
3.3/10
2.3/10
OVERALL GPU SCORE
2.3/10
4.0 GB
RAM
4.0 GB
The Lenovo IdeaPad 1 14" and Gateway 14.1" are both poor for engineering and design.

Content Creation

5.8
14.1"
IdeaPad 1 14"
6.2
3.3/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
3.3/10
1920 x 1080
RESOLUTION
1366 x 768
4.0 GB
RAM
4.0 GB
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
TN
Although they have very similar scores, PerfectRec considers Lenovo IdeaPad 1 14" to be only fair for content creation, while the Gateway 14.1" is poor.

Battery

8.0 Hours
14.1"
IdeaPad 1 14"
9.0 Hours
The Gateway 14.1" has 8 hours of battery life. The Lenovo IdeaPad 1 14" has 9 hours of battery life.

Portability

Very Good
14.1"
IdeaPad 1 14"
Very Good
14.1in
SIZE
14.0in
3.3 lbs
WEIGHT
3.0 lbs
0.7in
THICKNESS
0.7in
The Lenovo IdeaPad 1 14" and Gateway 14.1" both have very good portability.
The most portable laptops are small, thin, and light.

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How the Gateway 14.1" and the Lenovo IdeaPad 1 14" compare to other laptops

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Spec Comparison

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Gateway 14.1"Lenovo IdeaPad 1 14"
Gateway 14.1"Lenovo IdeaPad 1 14"

GENERAL

Price
$99
$149
Release Date
August 1, 2021January 1, 2022
Overall Dimensions
13.1'' x 8.8'' x 0.75''12.9'' x 9.3'' x 0.7''
Weight
3.35 lbs3.09 lbs

INTERNAL

Processor
Intel Celeron N4020Intel Celeron N4020
Graphics
UHD Graphics 600 UHD Graphics 600
Mux Switch / Advanced Optimus
NoNo
RAM
4 GB4 GB
DDR Memory Version
44

BATTERY

Battery Life
8 Hours9 Hours
Battery Capacity
Unknown32 Wh

SCREEN

Diagonal Size
14.1"14"
Display Technology
IPSTN
Resolution
1920 x 10801366 x 768
Refresh Rate
60Hz60Hz
Display Brightness
208 nits239 nits

RELIABILITY, APPEARANCE & ACOUSTICS

Build Quality Score
5.1/106/10
Portability Score
8.1/108.3/10
Gaming Laptop Appearance
NoNo
Fan Noise Score
7/1010/10
Warranty Period
1 year1 year

HARDWARE FEATURES

Keyboard Quality Score
5.3/106.5/10
Speaker Quality Score
6/106/10
Webcam
720p720p
Fingerprint Reader
NoNo
Backlit Keyboard
NoNo
Number Pad
NoNo

CONNECTIVITY

USB Type-A
22
USB-C ports
11
USB-C Charging
NoNo
Display Outputs
11
Thunderbolt Ports
00

Shopping

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Gateway 14.1"

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NotebookCheck

Allen Ngo | September 2021
"The Gateway Ultra Slim 14" is surprisingly quiet with long battery life. The inexpensive Gateway excels at maximizing performance per dollar with lots of RAM and storage, super-quiet fan, and a long battery life. It can even house up to two M.2 SSDs which we weren't expecting from such a cheap system. However, the iffy reliability of the keyboard and USB-C port on our test unit means users should double-check for these potential issues immediately after purchasing."

Lenovo IdeaPad 1 14"

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PCMag

Tom Brant | August 2021
"The IdeaPad 1 14 is a simple machine, but it’s well-designed and has nearly everything you’d expect from a no-nonsense laptop that allows you to check emails and get schoolwork or other light tasks done with relative ease. A "true" 128GB SSD (as opposed to an eMMC drive) and a roomy 14-inch full HD display are arguably the star attractions, with the comfortable keyboard and reasonably modern styling playing important backup roles."

Get a great deal on the Gateway 14.1" or the Lenovo IdeaPad 1 14"

About Gateway

Gateway is a laptop and tablet brand owned by Acer which sells budget-friendly laptops exclusively through Walmart. It was previously an American computer company until its acquisition by Acer in 2007, who then revived the brand in 2020. Gateway laptops are manufactured by Chinese company Shenzhen Bmorn Technology, which also makes EVOO-branded models.

About Lenovo

Lenovo is a Chinese technology company, and one of the largest personal computer vendor. They are well known for a variety of technology products, including laptops. Their consumer series include their entry level IdeaPad and LOQ series and mid-to-high-end Yoga and Legion series. On the business-oriented side, their series include their entry-level ThinkBook series and mid-to-high-end ThinkPad series. Lenovo laptops offer strong performance for reasonable prices, and are often on sale.

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