Cheap systems for cash-strapped students
There's a reason college students consider Ramen Noodles an essential food group. It's cheap and won't interfere with their budget for books, backpacks, and beer. Keeping this in line, Acer's Gateway subsidiary announced a new line of affordable PCs and monitors to help students decorate their dorm rooms with new tech without blowing through their grants and/or school loans.
Starting at the mobile end, new Gateway NE notebooks are available in 15.6-inch (1366x768) and 17.3-inch (1600x900) form factors with up to 8GB of RAM, up 1TB of storage, USB 3.0 support, HD webcam, stereo speakers, and Windows 8. AMD and Intel processor options are available starting a $380 (15.6-inch) and $450 (17.3-inch).
Gateway also rolled out its new One ZX all-in-one (AIO) machine with a 21.5-inch Full HD 1080p display, Intel Pentium G2030 processor (3GHz, 3MB total cache), 4GB of DDR3 RAM, 1TB hard drive, optical drive, 2.5W stereo speakers, and more. Pricing starts at $530.
Other items in Gateway's back-to-school lineup include a DX Series desktop starting at $398, SX Series desktop starting at $298, and KX Series monitors ranging in size from 19.5 inches to 27 inches starting at $99.