Computer maker Gateway – now a subsidiary of Acer – has unveiled two value-priced systems as part of its new TC series of notebook computers, which borrows design and features from the well received MC and MD series while packing it all into a lightweight laptop with a 14-inch display and a starting price of $649.99. With this, Gateway hopes to hit the sweet spot between portability and mainstream notebook.

The first two systems in the TC series are the TC7306 and TC7307, which are essentially the same only that the former comes with a black finish and the latter in a purplish red. Both models will boast Intel Pentium dual-core T4200 processors running at 2GHz, 4GB of DDR2 667Mhz memory and Intel’s integrated Graphics Media Accelerator 4500M. Other specs include a 320GB hard drive, 1.3 megapixel webcam, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, gigabit Ethernet, a 1,366 x 768 resolution panel, a built-in multi card reader, three USB 2.0 ports, an 8× dual layer DVD burner and a 6-cell battery.

According to the vendor, both configurations will run the 64-bit edition of Windows Vista Home Premium and can be further configured with up to 500GB of storage, an optional Blu-ray drive, dedicated Nvidia GeForce 9300M graphics and other Intel Core 2 Duo processors.