Gateway has a handful of systems to announce this morning. The $559 slim tower SX2840-01 and the $849 DX4831-03 are updates to systems we've seen previously. The $1,699 FX6831-03 and the $1,299 FX6831-01 bear the familiar FX moniker, indicating Gateway's high-end desktops, but they feature a brand new case.
We're most excited for the SX2840-01, the newest version of the versatile SX2800-01 slim tower that destroyed its budget PC competition in the latter half of 2009. This new model features Windows 7 Home Premium, a 2.93GHz Intel Core i3 530 CPU, 6GB of 1,333MHz DDR3 RAM, and a 1TB hard drive packed into an expandable yet tidy case. The previous version was equally at home in your living room as it was on your desk, thanks to an HDMI video output and best-in-class performance. Our review of the new model should post by the end of the day, so stay tuned.
The DX4831-03 is a relatively standard-looking midtower. It's Gateway's first desktop with Intel's new 3.2GHz Core i5 650 chip, alongside a 1GB Nvidia GeForce GT220 graphics card, 6GB of 1,333MHz DDR3 RAM, and a Blu-ray drive. Blu-ray is relatively uncommon at this price, and the specs in general sound like this system would make a decent all-arounder, although gamers will likely want a better 3D card.… Read more