Every year they arrive earlier and earlier: press releases touting new products "for the holidays." One such release arrived this morning from Gateway, with news of two new P-series laptops for holiday giving. The 8.3-pound laptops include a 17-inch display with a 1,440x900 native resolution, a full-sized keyboard with numeric keypad, and a DVD burner with LabelFlash (which lets you burn labels onto special discs). Both new models run Vista Home Premium.
On the heels of its new Gateway One all-in-one, today we got word of Gateway's retail holiday desktop lineup. Prices for the fixed-config retail models will start at $599 and scale upward of $1,000. Based on the price and specs of at least one model, it seems as though Gateway beats Hewlett-Packard's new Pavilion Elite m9040n. Here's how the two stack up:
Both also have multiformat media card readers and a bay for a removable upsell hard drive. Although the HP might have faster RAM and the nod for its TV tuner's overall features, the … Read more
This blog was updated at 3:30 p.m.
Gateway announced Monday that it has agreed to take over the controlling stake in Paris-based PC vendor Packard Bell.
Gateway has exercised its right of first refusal to purchase all of the shares of PB Holding Company, the parent company of Packard Bell, from Lap Shun (John) Hui and Clifford Holdings Limited, also controlled by Hui. Both companies control 75 percent of Packard Bell stock. Financial details of the transaction have not yet been disclosed.
The announcement wasn't a surprise--Gateway and Lenovo have waged a public battle over Packard Bell--with … Read more
It doesn't have the specs of, say, a Medison Celebrity laptop, but the Gateway ML6230 does have the advantage of actually existing. In yesterday's Sunday newspaper circulars, Best Buy advertised a 15.4-inch laptop for $299.99, which is believed to be the lowest-priced laptop ever sold at the big box retailer. Best Buy must be expecting quite a response, because it says there will be only 10 such models per store with a limit of one per household. And do note that not every region of the country is honoring the $299 price; FatWallet reports that many … Read more
Gateway released an all-in-one PC at DigitalLife this week in New York, touting the PC as a fresh page in their efforts to reinvent themselves.
The One part, however, shouldn't be confused for the first.
Gateway has had all-in-on PCs in its lineup since the spring of 1999 when it released the Profile in Japan. That PC, which combined an CRT monitor with a PC, came to the states in June 1999. The company then followed up in the succeeding years with the Profile 2 (similar but different processors), the Profile 3 (a PC married to an LCD screen … Read more
Touting the slim, all-in-one desktop as the first move toward a new strategy focused on industrial design (is there any PC manufacturer that isn't doing that these days?), the once-mighty Gateway described the minimalistic machine as an ideal centerpiece for the digital home.
The announcement was made Thursday morning at a press breakfast at the DigitalLife consumer technology convention in New York.
It's a striking-looking machine: black with a glass front and brushed-aluminum back that evokes none other than Apple, the company that remains the leader in aesthetically inclined PCs. … Read more
Gateway may be a shadow of its one-time self but apparently wants to prove that it still has some life as an independent company before formally being subsumed by Acer. Its "One" desktop--so-named because of its all-in-one form--follows the likes of Apple, Sony, HP and other manufacturers, including some overseas.
But Gateway's version isn't just a cheap copycat, sporting an attractive design of its own as well as specs that include a 2GHz Core 2 Duo chip, a 500GB hard drive, 3GB of memory, DVD burner and a 5-in-1 card reader for $1,800, according to … Read more
We met up with fine folks at Gateway last week to check out some of their upcoming wares. While they were happy to tell us about the top-secret products the company had in the offing, not a word was whispered hinting at yesterday's announcement that Taiwanese computer maker Acer has agreed to acquire Gateway, currently the No. 4-ranked PC vendor in the world.
News.com's Erica Ogg reports that the purchase price is $710 million--far less than the $7 billion the company was valued at when Compaq offered to buy it back in 1997.
J.T. Wang, Acer'… Read more
Actually, we're declaring the color-laptop trend to be no longer a trend, but rather a standard feature. A few weeks ago, Dell, not exactly known for its cutting-edge designs, announced that it would offer a fleet of new Inspirons in a range of color choices. And now even Gateway has launched two new notebook lines--the 14.1-inch T series and the 15.4-inch M series--available in three colors.
Inside the red, blue, or gray exterior (subtly pattered with a series of dissolving spheres), you'll find a computer that's classic Gateway: plenty of configuration options ranging from inexpensive … Read more