Gateway SX2840-01 Video
Gateway SX2840-01 Video Transcript
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>> Hi, I'm Rich Brown, Senior Editor for cnet.com. Today we're going to take a look at the Gateway SX284001. So this is an Editor's Choice winning budget PC. We like it because it's fast, it's versatile, it can do pretty much any mainstream task you might want to throw at it. This is actually an updated version of an older Gateway slim tower that we really liked last year. This new one comes with Windows 7 and it's also the first desk top we've seen with Intel's Core I3 Quad core processor. That's a 2.93 GHz chip which means this PC can tackle pretty much any photo editing, file conversion, or any...really and day to day task you want to throw at it. Now the front it's actually pretty simple, you'll see there's a DVD burner here, behind the front panel here, you see there's whole bunch of USB ports, there's a mini fire wire port, media card reader as well as a couple of audio outs. We say the system is versatile both because of its size and its HEMI output. Now with HEMI, you can plug this system into any modern HDTV and it will play video content off the web or through the DVD burner. We tested it on Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, with Apples on line HD movie trailers, all that content worked fine, it was all smooth, no hitches. So we're confident that you can plug this system into your living room and have a pretty solid home theater PC for not very much money. Now while we're on the back you'll see the other ports, you get 7.1 audio, Ethernet, four more USB's, eSATA for fast external storage as well as VGA output for a standard monitor connection. There are definitely other PC's out there you can plug into the living room, some of them even cost a little bit less than this 559 system, the problem with those budget living room PC's though is they tend to either be too slow to handle video off the web or they're self contained and you can't upgrade them, that's where the Gateway stands out. Not only can it handle pretty much any video you want to throw at it, you can also crack the case and make upgrades. Now the side panel comes off and it's a slim tower case so you're going to have to stick with half [inaudible] extension cards, but that still gives you room up here in the back to add wireless networking, you can add a budget graphics card if you want to do a little gaming, you really have a few options if you want to expand what the system can do out of the box. Most budget living room PC's can't say the same thing. Now we can go over the basic parts while we're inside the case, you can see the CPU here, there's four memory sticks next to it and underneath the DVD drive there's a hard drive, you only get one hard drive bay but the system comes with a terabyte drive out of the box, so because of its speed, its affordability, and its flexibility, this Gateway is an easy Editor's Choice winner. Last year the older model beat out pretty much every budget PC that we threw at it, in comparison. We're interested to see how this system holds up over the next couple of months. So I'm Rich Brown, this is the Gateway SX284001. ^M00:02:41 [ Music ] ^M00:02:44
The Gateway DX4831-01e is the midtower version of the Editors' Choice award-winning SX2840-01 and exhibits equally impressive performance scores while offering ample room for expansion. We recommend this system to budget-minded shoppers who are looking for a powerful, affordable midtower desktop computer.
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.
The latest in Gateway's line of versatile slim towers, the SX2850-33 stays current with a fast Intel Core i3 CPU, and more importantly adds Wi-Fi to improve its suitability as a living-room desktop. It might cost more than a Nettop or a dedicated video-streaming device, but for its overall speed and flexibility, we'd pick this system as a budget PC or an online living-room content center.
Gateway's SX2800-01 offers a strong combination of performance and features all wrapped up in a design that fully embraces the merits of a slim tower PC. We recommend this system to anyone looking for a fast, affordable desktop for the home office, the living room, or anywhere in between.
Gateway's midrange DX420X is a strong midrange desktop that's primed for smooth Windows Vista performance. If you can live without an HD disk player, we recommend this Gateway, especially if you're looking for some extra performance.
Don't let the Gateway FX6831-01's case distract you from the fact that this is a fast, aggressively priced gaming PC with some standout features. We wouldn't recommend this system to a generalist consumer or those with discriminating opinions about hardware aesthetics, but for the pennywise gamer, this Gateway is the midrange desktop to beat.
Gateway's budget E-1500D is a good fit for small businesses that need professional system management features at a low price, although necessary options can double the cost.
You might reasonably ask whether a budget desktop makes sense anymore given the versatility of the iPad and other tablets, but if you find you do in fact need a low-cost computer, the HP Omni 120-1024 is a fine choice.
The eMachines ET1831-07 isn't much of a video playback device, but in all other respects, this is a solid budget PC. Perhaps the best deal going for its features, it also outperforms other desktops in and above its price range on general computing tasks. We recommend this system to anyone shopping for a low-cost computer.
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.
Gateway SX2840-01 Review
The good: Small size, quality video playback, and HDMI output make it a viable home theater PC; virtualized quad-core Intel CPU offers competitive performance for its price; massive 1TB hard drive; room for half-height expansion cards.
The bad: No wireless networking; relative power hog compared with the Mac Mini.
The bottom line: Gateway's SX2840-01 remains the budget PC to beat. Its combination of small size, fast performance, and living room competence makes 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.
Gateway SX2840-01 Specs
Part number: PT.GA802.002
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