updated 12:20 am EDT, Thu June 25, 2009
Gateway debuts new PCs
Gateway on Wednesday evening introduced smaller, more powerful back-to-school desktop PCs, including its small form factor SX Series and its compact DX Series mini-tower line as well as its FHD Series of monitors featuring a new edge-to-edge glass design. Both the SX Series and DX Series PCs include a unique "digital photo frame" button that quickly delivers a slide show of favorite photos along with a "device deck" described as a small recessed area on top of the chassis to put device -- such as a digital camera, MP3 player or camcorder -- for connecting to USB ports and downloading media. Other new features include a tilt-enabled card multi-card media reader for easy access, a rear cable management hook to organize cables.
Gateway's SX series, the first small form factor desktop line from the company, includes the entry-level $499.99 Gateway SX2800-01, which offers a Intel Core 2 Quad 8200 processor (w/4MB of L2 cache and a front side buss of 1333MHz) running at 2.33GHz coupled with 4GB of DDR3 memory, integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X4500, a 640GB SATA drive, an 18x SuperDrive with "Labelflash" and both a HDMI and VGA port for video display. The PC also sports 64-bit Windows Vista Home Premium, 5 front and 4 rear USB 2.0 ports, Gigabit Ethernet, a rear eSATA port, one mini FireWire 400 port, and 6-channel (5.1) audio support along with USB-powered speakers. It will be available the last week of June at select retailers throughout the U.S. (and the company says that additional models in this line will be available "soon").
The new DX Series models are designed for multimedia and entertainment, run 64-bit Windows Vista Premium, and offer a choice of either AMD or Intel Dual- or Quad-Core processors, more memory, larger hard drives, 8-channel surround sound, and optional Nvidia GeForce graphics. The entry-level $749.99 model includes a AMD Phenom X4 9750 processor running at 2.5GHz (and 4x512MB L2 cache), an ATI Radeon HD 4650 graphics card (w/1GB video memory), 8GB DDR2 SDRAM, 1TB SATA hard drive, the same 18x SuperDrive with Labelflash, a multi-in-one digital media card reader, 802.11 b/g wireless, and Gigabit Ethernet. The PCs have a full complement of ports, including four front and four reader USB 2.0 ports, a mini-HDMI port (rear), a DVI port, USB powered speakers, and a TV tuner.
Finally, the $899.99 model with monitor features an Intel Core 2 Quad Q8400 (2.66GHz w/4MB L2 cache), NVIDIA GeForce G210 GPU (w/512MB video memory), 8GB of DDR3 SDRAM, a 750GB SATA hard drive, the same 18x label-equipped SuperDrive, the same multi digital media card reader, a Gigabit LAN connection, eight USB 2.0 ports (4 front/4 rear), one FireWire 1394 (rear/miniport), both HDMI and VGA port (rear) for video, and 8-channel (7.1) audio support. The model also includes the Gateway FHX2300 bmid 23-inch HD Widescreen LCD with 1920 x 1080 resolution, up to 75Hz refresh rate, 5ms response rate, a 40000:1 max (dynamic) contrast ratio and 300cd/m2 brightness. The monitor also features multiple inputs (HDMI, VGI, DVI-D), up to 160-degree viewing angles, and supports 16.7 million colors as well as integrates two 2W speakers.
The company also launched its line of new FHD Series of high-definition LCD monitors, including the bundled monitor above. The series features an edge-to-edge screen, an elegant black bezel, metallic-silver highlights and an L-shaped stand with a brushed-aluminum finish along with discreet touch-sensitive controls. It also features 16:9 aspect ratios and 1920x1080 resolution for 1080p video. The flagship monitor of the series, the Gateway FHD2402, offers a high-quality built-in webcam with Gateway's ClearLite technology that enhances image capture in low-light. The 21-inch Gateway FHD2102 bmidgz is priced at $199.99, while the 24-inch FHD2402 bmidgz is only $269.99 and offers a 60Hz (Maximum) Refresh Rate, 2ms Response Time, 40000:1 Max (Dynamic) Contrast Ratio, two integrated 2W speakers, and 300cd/m2 Brightness as well as HDMI/DVI-D/VGA connections, and a USB hub.
Gateway SX series
Gateway DX series (monitor bundle pictured)