Gateway Unveils New Line-Up of Gaming and Multimedia Systems

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Gateway just took the wraps off a new line-up of gaming systems and multimedia-ready desktop systems.  The offering ranges from their FX gaming-targeted models, to the DX mini-tower, SX (small form factor), and ZX all-in-one series systems.  All models ship with Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, which is a nice touch and will come in handy addressing the rather stout system memory build-outs that are configured with the systems.  The FX models are your standard gaming PC offering but with some all new, swank stylings.  Gateway offers two builds to customize for this machine, ranging from $1300 - $1700 (not too shabby at all). The lower-end model is based on a 2.8GHz Core i7-860, 8GB of DDR3 1333MHz system memory, a Radeon HD 5850, 1.5TB hard drive, a DVD combo burner, and 7.1 HD audio.  You can of course configure the machines with more memory or different options, like a Blu-ray drive.

The DX series is based on Gateway's mini-tower chassis but it still packs a fair degree of punch for a modest price tag starting at $850 or so.  The DX4831 is configured with a 3.2GHz Core i5-650, 8GB of DDR3-1333 memory, a GeForce GT220, a 1TB hard drive, DVD and Blu-ray drives, along with HD audio etc. 

Honestly, it has been a long time since we considered a Gateway here but looking at these new machines, we just may have to swing back for a double-take... More details in the PR below.

 


Gateway Brings Enhanced Design, Blu-ray Drives, User Friendly Features and Faster Performance to Its FX, DX and SX Desktop PCs

IRVINE, Calif. -- Gateway today announced the addition of new models and features across its line of gaming, multimedia and small form factor PCs.

“When it comes to online entertainment, PC gaming and value, Gateway’s FX Series can’t be beat”

The FX Series of affordable gaming PCs gets a redesign that includes a modernized chassis and new lighting accents. The DX line of multimedia PCs and SX small form factor PCs both now include eco-friendly 1TB drives and powerful Intel Core i5 and i3 Processors, respectively. In addition, the FX and DX now include models with Blu-ray drives.

FX Series Desktops – Continuing to Redefine the Mainstream Gaming PC

With a newly designed chassis, Gateway’s value line of gaming PCs continues to break all the rules, managing to pack more performance and features than ever before into a powerful PC that blows the doors off competitively priced systems. The new design maximizes usability and includes numerous additions that enhance the computing experience.

“When it comes to online entertainment, PC gaming and value, Gateway’s FX Series can’t be beat,” said Steve Smith, senior desktop manager for Gateway. “While maintaining our price/performance leadership position, the new FX models boast a race car-like design with red accents and lighting, and include several new features that enhance the convenience and use of the PC.”

The new FX design makes it easy to access and use key features, providing simple and quick access to ports and peripherals. The top front of the PC includes high-def headphone and microphone jacks, while an angled media card reader makes it easy to insert, remove and transfer data from cameras and other devices. This can be especially helpful when the PC is placed under a desk.

A handy recessed storage tray on the top of the chassis makes it easy to place cameras, smartphones and MP3 players when downloading files. At the back of this tray, users will find two additional USB ports, which provide convenient connectivity for miscellaneous peripherals. Just behind this recessed area is an enclosed rear compartment which provides a place to store and hide the excess cables from any peripherals placed on the tray.

The control dial for the system’s adjustable lighting effects can also be found on the top front of the unit, as well as the Photo Frame, stand by and backup buttons.

Boasting a 1.5TB drive, FX users will have plenty of room for photos, movies, music libraries and more. Tool-less expansion bays provide additional storage room for growth and backup. A convenient access door on the front of the PC conceals two external hard drive bays, and glides down effortlessly with a slight push on the front latch. Eject buttons for the optical disk drives are also conveniently and seamlessly integrated into the front sides of the PC.

Not to be outdone by its user friendly features, both new models in the FX line feature ATI Radeon HD5850 graphics and the Intel Core i7-860 processor with Turbo Boost Technology for killer performance. The FX6831-03 also boasts a Blu-ray drive and 16GB of DDR3 memory, making it a true gaming solution.

Gateway FX6831-03

  • MSRP: $1,699.99
  • Intel Core i7 860, 2.8GHz w/Turbo Boost Technology up to 3.46GHz
  • ATI Radeon HD5850 w/1GB discrete video memory
  • 16GB memory (DDR3 dual channel 1333MHz)
  • 1.5TB SATA hard drive (1) (7200RPM)
  • 16X DVD+/-R/RW SuperMulti
  • Blu-ray disc 4X BD-ROM / DVD-SuperMulti Drive
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

Gateway FX6831-01

  • MSRP: $1,299.99
  • Intel Core i7 860, 2.8GHz w/Turbo Boost Technology up to 3.46GHz
  • ATI Radeon HD5850 w/1GB discrete video memory
  • 8GB memory (DDR3 dual channel 1333MHz)
  • 1.5TB SATA hard drive (1) (7200RPM)
  • 16X DVD+/-R/RW SuperMulti Drive
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

    SX Series Desktops – Tiny Desktops Big on Performance

    Gateway has also enhanced its award winning SX Series small form factor desktop.

    The SX2840-01 features the powerful Intel Core i3 530 processor, 6GB of RAM and 1TB of storage. This tiny little PC offers capabilities that rival those of many full-size tower desktops providing enough muscle to be used as a primary PC, while fitting nicely in a dorm room, kitchen or home office.

    In addition to its top-notch horsepower, its small size and HDMI port makes it ideally suited for use in a main living area, where it can easily be used to power a home theatre system.

    The new SX also features a handy device holder and front accessible multi-in-one card reader for ease-of-use. The Photo Frame button turns an attached monitor into a slide show of favorite photos, another nice feature when used in a main living area. Consumers will also appreciate the eco-friendly 1TB Green Product Hard Drive, which uses a variable RPM, consuming less energy while staying cool and quiet.

    Gateway SX2840-01

    • MSRP: $559.99
    • Intel Core i3 530 (2.93GHz) processor
    • Integrated Intel GMA X4500HD graphics
    • 6GB memory (DDR3 dual channel 1333MHz)
    • 1TB SATA (green product - variable RPM)
    • 16X DVD+/-R/RW SuperMulti Drive
    • Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

      DX Series Desktops – Multimedia Workhorses now Offer Blu-Ray Drives

      Gateway’s multimedia powerhouse line, the DX Series, now includes a model configured with the powerful Intel Core i5 650 processor and a Blu-ray drive. Combined with NVIDIA GeForce graphics and 6GB of memory, the DX4831-03 is ideal for running demanding applications, casual game playing and graphic-intensive content creation.

      DX models also include features that add value to the overall computing experience, such as:

      • USB ports, audio jacks and a card reader positioned at the top of the system for maximum visibility and easy access.
      • A digital device holder, providing a convenient place to rest phones, cameras and MP3 players.
      • A Photo Frame button for displaying a slide show of favorite photos.
      • An eco-friendly 1TB Green Product Hard Drive, which consumes less energy and runs cooler and quieter.

        Gateway DX4831-03

        • MSRP: $849.99
        • Intel Core i5 650, 3.2GHz w/Turbo Boost Technology up to 3.46GHz
        • NVIDIA GeForce GT220 w/1GB discrete video memory
        • 8GB DDR3 dual channel 1333MHz
        • 1TB SATA (green product - variable RPM)
        • 16X DVD+/-R/RW SuperMulti Drive
        • Blu-ray disc 4X BD-ROM / DVD-SuperMulti Drive
        • Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

         

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        rapid1 replied on Wed, Feb 3 2010 11:56 AM

        I will say one thing about Gateway. I have an FX Laptop, and have for over a year now. As far as hardware problems the only issue I have had is the wireless card only offers 2 input's. So I could not put an enhanced n 3 contact (Antennae) card in it. However; the stock card has worked well. This laptop (Gateway P-7811FX), has been a great system since the day I bought it. The hardware included is great especially for what I payed for it on it's first day of availability ($1150 I think it was). I needed a laptop and the highest rated singular model of any laptop rated for capabilities and price was the previous model when I started searching. Then I realized they would be dropping a new one in approximately 3 months so I looked around a lot of places (and had a friend who had one of the previous as well). So I watched for a month and looked at other (The Qosmio was also considered, but was a bit more and the layout visually was just garish if not worse), as well as building a custom. In the end I could not beat the components offered period. I have enjoyed it and not had any issues (though I did return the original unit for a direct replacement on the 3rd day after I bought it), which was the only dealings I ever had with the Geeksquad. Some kid tried to tell me what I had done to it (At which time I asked him his age, and informed him I had been in warranty support for Dell and HP/Compaq, IBM, NEC, (The original Gateway since right after they opened) and Toshiba etc when he was still crapping his diaper in 1993, at which point he hushed and looked embarrassed while his fellow geeks looked at me like I had stolen his candy). Anyway, my personal experience with gateway has been positive pretty much all the way around. I will also say my experience with BestBuy (who seems to be one of if not directly there main distributor now), was positive, although this is the only item I have ever really bought from this personally.

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        acarzt replied on Wed, Feb 3 2010 11:31 PM

        So you guys like Gateway but not Acer huh?

        I guess I better not tell yall they are the same company now lol Acer own Gateway :-)

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        rapid1 replied on Thu, Feb 4 2010 12:08 AM

        Oh I know Acer bought gateway last year or the year before. The weird thing is the way they divided the companies. It is kind of like when HP bought Compaq but reversed. Compaq became the cheap and HP the mid range and Envy is there high end right. I think Acer owns E-machine to. E-mach is bottom Acer is mixed and Gateway is mixed with a wierd sales model. They probably own some others to I bet. Either way I was speaking on the specific p-7811FX model. I have not had a single issue with it. Even the components such as memory GPU anything PCI-X mini Motherboard etc are pretty good and some high end at the time for a laptop. The webcam sucked and worked at first kind of, but failed completely after a while. I did not even know when because it was always so hard to get working right that I never used it. I also installed an extra hard drive and run it in Raid 0, and a USB stick for Turbo memory. Either way I was specifically speaking about the Gateway FX unit's and specifically the one I have experience with.

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        Gateway scored a couple of home runs with the p-7811FX and the 6811 before it. And while they lacked some basic amenities such as bluetooth, fingerprint readers, and had some quality control issues such as the screen and webcam, they gave customers exactly what they were looking for: a great video card at a VERY good price.

        Yet I've seen several of the p-7811FX refurbs on sale, indicating that it's the luck of the draw when it comes to their cheaper, gaming laptops. I'd expect no different from their desktop gaming line-up. Like the glut of ASUS CG5290-BP007 refurbs on the market for $800, I think I'll withhold judgment on these systems till enough user reviews appear.

        Like rapid mentioned, with such a great value, the risk for buying a Gateway might be worth it. Their gaming desktops look the part, and you'll be hard pressed to find anything with the specs of Gateway FX6831-03 at that price. But if past experience is anything to go by, I'd suggest waiting around till the refurbs hit the market a few months later. You'll easily save another 20-30% off the MSRP.

        BTW, rapid1, did you ever call up the Gateway Customer Service? If so, what was your opinion of them.

        @acarzt Hehe, I'll still think twice before buying an Acer, but thanks for the info! It's nothing personal, but the horrible experiences I've had with Acer laptops and desktops still give a cold chill. Smile

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        Bighorse replied on Thu, Feb 4 2010 10:55 AM

        These machines look nice but my gateway experience hasn't been the greatest. Their hardware seems very cheap. Maybe things have changed for them. If so maybe I would consider them whenever I might have to shop for a new machine. Cause you can't always hate a company for a few bad eggs, it might just be a bad batch.

        I have a Acer desktop and laptop at home and I have had no problems out of them. They have been very stable and reliable machines. We also own two Acer monitors and they both look great. I would buy acer again in the future, their site on the other hand could use some navigation help.

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        acarzt replied on Thu, Feb 4 2010 2:27 PM

        Well... Gateway Bought E-machines, and E-machines bought Packard Bell. Lenovo wanted Packard Bell because they are apparantly popular in Europe. Sooooo Acer went and bought Gateway so they can get E-machines and in turn got 75% control of Packard Bell. All so they can stop Lenovo from Expanding lol

        They didn't even actually care about Gateway lol I was working at Acer when all of this was going on and that was the main thing they had mentioned was that they needed to acquire Gateway to stop Lenovo lol.

        But anyway, yea they make great Monitors. My dad has one of their 24 inchers and it looks awesome!

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        acarzt:

        Well... Gateway Bought E-machines, and E-machines bought Packard Bell. Lenovo wanted Packard Bell because they are apparantly popular in Europe. Sooooo Acer went and bought Gateway so they can get E-machines and in turn got 75% control of Packard Bell. All so they can stop Lenovo from Expanding lol

        They didn't even actually care about Gateway lol I was working at Acer when all of this was going on and that was the main thing they had mentioned was that they needed to acquire Gateway to stop Lenovo lol.

        But anyway, yea they make great Monitors. My dad has one of their 24 inchers and it looks awesome!

         

        Lol acarzt, thanks for the backstory. The acquisition of Gateway must have really ticked off Lenovo. Yeah, I've got nothing against Acer monitors, it's their dekstops and laptops I don't like.

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        if i got one i would take it all apart and put a better psu in it then put it all back together... that way i know its done correctly...

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