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Gateway aims at new iMac with Gateway One [U]

updated 10:30 pm EDT, Wed September 26, 2007

Gateway One

(Updated with launch info) PC maker Gateway today fired a salvo at Apple with a new all-in-one home desktop that bears strong design similarities with the recently introduced aluminum iMac. Called simply the One, the design is far sleeker than Gateway's earlier Profile systems and fits the entire design within a single metal shell just 3.6 inches deep. The entire front face is black to hide the borders of the 19-inch widescreen LCD and blend into home decor, such as the living room. The One also builds on Apple's minimalist emphasis: where the iMac plugs all cables directly into the back, the One feeds gigabit Ethernet, four USB ports, and AV ports to the external power adapter to take clutter away from the desk. Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are standard and eliminate the need for a wired mouse or keyboard.

Other echoes of Apple's design are found in a slot-loading, side-mounted DVD burner as well a main casing with three USB ports, one FireWire, and audio in/out connectors. The new design has a 5-in-1 card reader and is easily opened to replace the hard drive or memory, however. Buyers can also add a mounting kit to hoist the One against a wall, or a USB TV tuner for watching live programming.

Gateway says it will ship the series in late October with two retail models and a single online-only version. The retail line starts at $1,300 with a 1.5GHz Core 2 Duo, 2GB of memory, a 320GB hard drive, and Intel X3100 graphics; a high-end model boosts speed to 2GHz, memory to 3GB, hard disk space to 500GB, and adds Mobility Radeon HD 2600 dedicated video for its higher $1,800 price tag. Both have a 1.3-megapixel webcam hidden in the chassis, Gateway says. The online model sits in between the two store models with the same hardware as the base PC save for a 400GB hard drive and Radeon HD 2600 chipset. It should be available for $1,500.










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  1. dliup

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    heh, another knock-off

    Not only "inspired" by the Apple iMac, this is the Apple 20th Anniversary Mac, released in 1997. See any similarities?

    http://everymac.com/systems/apple/20th_mac/index.html

  1. jarod

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    o God

    Would someone please give me bag; I feel like Im gonna puke.

    Isn't Gateway bankrupt? Last I heard, the cow got butchered! ;D

  1. Ikon

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    great

    does it run os x? ;-)

    If not, that's not aiming at the iMac.

  1. eldarkus

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    aiming??

    Come on.. shouldnt this be the "iMac Killer".. very disappointed MacNN... :(

  1. Rezzz

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    it is a competitor!

    ..with the 20th aniversary Mac.

  1. exca1ibur

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    Yeah right...

    The only thing they are 'firing' is their staff. Didn't they just get bought out? This mentality is what bleed them to death today. Hint for marketing. Sell your product by marketing your features, not trying to ride some one else's success with a knockoff.

  1. Eldernorm

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Not even close

    "The retail line starts at $1,300 with a 1.5GHz Core 2 Duo, 2GB of memory, a 320GB hard drive, and Intel X3100 graphics;" with a 19 inch screen.

    So the iMac with a 20 in screen and about the same specs runs at 2 GHz for over $100 less. OH, and given the way the unit is mounted, it swivels for better viewing and will not tip over so easy (see how this unit is sitting on the desk).

    Yep, sounds like a no brainer to me. PS, and the Mac runs windows or OSX. :-)

  1. tomodachi

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    plus

    It has a bigger "chin". Worthless ;-)

  1. dws

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    I think it's pretty!

    Too bad about the whole Windows thing, though.

  1. rubaiyat

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Give them credit

    It's not bad looking at all.

    Somehow the keyboard and mouse don't fit the look though.

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