Gateway 5310S Video
With high-end performance and graphics, the Gateway M680XL is a power user's dream come true, but it lacks both the security that businesses demand and the multimedia goodies home users want.
The Gateway FX4710 provides enough performance to get you through most of today's games and multimedia software, but the ahead-of-its time memory is wasted on current applications. You can make your PC dollar go further on a desktop with a more balanced configuration.
The Samsung Seek's multimedia features make it a decent middle-of-the-road messaging phone, but an attractive monthly prepaid price tag and a new design for Boost Mobile earn it bonus points.
Budget computer shoppers, take note: if you're looking for an affordable way to get Blu-ray on a laptop, the Core i3-powered Gateway NV5933u is one of the best values around.
The Gateway DX200X occupies an awkward middle ground: it's too expensive for value shoppers and lacks the features found on slightly pricier midrange PCs.
Verizon's Perception is a nice middle-of-the-road phone; just don't expect killer performance.
Gateway's SX2840-01 remains the budget PC to beat. Its combination of small size, fast performance, and living room competence make it one of the most flexible desktops on the market. That it has room to upgrade makes the deal that much sweeter. We recommend this desktop to anyone looking for a powerful, versatile low-cost computer.
A button-down business computer, the E-4500D is flexible enough for most business tasks.
The Gateway SX2801-01e is just one of several new budget slim tower systems available this season. We're impressed by its compact design and the HDMI port makes it easy to use in the living room. For a $520 system, the SX2801-01e's performance and upgradability put it in the same top tier as the Editors' Choice-winning models that came before it, and we recommend it to anyone shopping for a powerful, flexible, cost-effective computer.
Gateway's FX7020 matches an AMD quad-core CPU and a fast Nvidia graphics card to make a compelling gaming PC, with some basic multimedia features to boot.