Affordable; cool remote control.
No volume control in HDMI mode; 5,400rpm hard drive.
Gateway lists no fewer than 13 all-in-one models on its website, and this model with a dual-core CPU, integrated graphics, and twisted nematic LCD is its top offering. If the PCs in this roundup were playing football, the Gateway would be the water boy. But if all you need in a family PC is a machine for web browsing, email, productivity, and watching DVDs, this might be all you need.
Gateway’s ZX6970-UR10P is a very basic touchscreen PC with a price tag that won’t induce sticker shock
The ZX6971-UR10P is outfitted with a Core i3-2120, a dual-coreSandy Bridge chip that runs at a respectable clip of 3.3GHz. This is the only contender in the roundup to rely on integrated graphics, but Gateway does provide abundant memory: 6GB of DDR3/1333. As you’ve probably guessed, the Gateway trailed the field by a wide margin in benchmark results, while 3DMark 11 and Metro 2033 wouldn’t run at all.
The Gateway and the Sony have the smallest screens in this roundup(23- and 24 inches, respectively),but they’re also the only touchscreen models. The Gateway is an easel-style form factor, with a broad rear foot that slides backwards to adjust the angle of the display as you push down on the top of its bezel. There’s a media card reader, a mic input, a headphone output, and two USB 3.0 ports on the left side of the machine. One of these ports can charge a USB device, such as a phone or music player, even when the computer is powered off.
There’s a tray-mount DVD player/burner (no Blu-ray) on the right side, and there’s a good ol’ fashioned eject button right next to it. You’ll find the switch for toggling between PC and HDMI display modes right below this, and a second button that toggles an LED that illuminates the Gateway “cow box” logo.
What you won’t find anywhere on the chassis is a freakin’ volume control! You can use the keyboard or the mouse to adjust the volume in PC mode, but you get a fixed level when you’re using the HDMI input and the display alone.
Compounding the problem is an onboard amplifier that’s so anemic we had to connect a pair of self-powered speakers to the computer when we plugged our satellite TV set-top box into its rear-panel HDMI input. On the bright side, you don’t need to fire up the entire PC just to use the monitor.
You can use Gateway as an HDMI display even while the PC remains powered off.
Gateway’s Touch Portal is a suite of apps optimized for a touchscreen, including a web browser, a music player, a video player, a slideshow program, a web camera utility, and a copy of Cooliris. Gateway also provides a very cool remote control. There’s a basic Media Center remote on one side; flip it over, and you get a miniature QWERTY keyboard very much like the one that D-Link ships with its Boxee Box. Unfortunately, the remote has no control over the volume when you’re using only the HDMI input.
The Gateway ZX6971-UR10P isn’t the most exciting all-in-one we’ve laid hands on, but it’s priced right.