Touch computing doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg
If you spend enough time with a tablet or smartphone, you may find yourself instinctively wanting to tap at your notebook on occasion, too. More and more models are starting to support touch input, including ones with a low cost of entry. If that's the goal (touch computing for cheap), it doesn't get much more budget friendly than Gateway's new touchscreen models: 10.1-inch LT41P and 15.6-inch NV570P.
Gateway wants to help holiday shoppers gear up for the gift giving season by launching its affordable Gateway One ZX4270 Series all-in-one (AIO) desktop. Starting at $399, the ZX4270 sports a 19.5-inch HD+ non-glare LED display (1600x900) in a compact chassis that measures 18.9 inches (W) by 12.32 inches (D) by 2.13 inches (H). Underneath the hood you'll find an AMD Vision A4 5000 processor inside (1.5GHz, 2MB cache).
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.
Windows 8 hardware and software doesn’t officially go on sale until October 26th, but apparently The Home Shopping Network didn’t get the memo. Either that or they did get the memo, but just chose to ignore it. The online portal for the popular shopping television show is offering up 5 different machines from Gateway and Acer, all of which feature Windows 8 pre-installed. The models shown are hardly remarkable, however as ZDNet’s Ed Bott points out, the marketing materials confirm what we all feared. Crapware is alive and well on Windows 8, and Microsoft seems powerless to prevent it.
Big, bulky notebooks are going the way of the dodo, save for full fledged desktop replacements that sacrifice portability for raw power. The trend now is towards sleek and sexy machines, a point underscored by Gateway's retooled ID and NV series, both of which sport "incredibly stylish designs in the most in-demand sizes, powered by the latest in mobile technology."
Gateway sent us word early this morning that the OEM is releasing a new notebook line designed around AMD's Fusion platform. It's the NV Series, which culminates in the Gateway NV51B05u, a 15.6-inch laptop sporting an AMD E-350 APU with Vision Technology and ATI Radeon HD 6310 graphics. Perhaps the biggest surprise is the price.
Gateway’s FHX2402L is one of several super-slim monitors that we’ve received over the past few weeks, but it distinguished itself immediately by being the one that made us sit up in our seats and say, “Wow… that looks really good.” On paper, the 24-inch, 60Hz monitor sounds pretty standard: TFT active-matrix TN display, 1920x1080 resolution, 16:9 aspect ratio, and matte-finish screen. But seeing is indeed believing, and the FHX2402L impressed with its crisp detail and clean lines.
While its range of movement isn’t noteworthy—you can tilt the display but there is no elevation adjustment or swiveling to the left or right—the FHX2402L comes with DVI, VGA, and HDMI cables. We also liked the fingerprint-resistant mesh pattern on the back.
The last time we spent any quality time with a Gateway monitor was when the company burst into the 30-inch panel scene with its awesome XHD3000 (see our review here). It was an incredible display, albeit long since discontinued.
Gateway didn't exit the monitor scene, it just isn't producing ginormous displays. Gateway is, however, launching three new ultra-slim LED monitors -- the 21.5-inch FHX2152L, 24-inch FHX2402L, and 23-inch FHD2303L.
"These new Gateway monitors give consumers a choice in style and functionality when choosing a monitor for their home or office," said Irene Chan, senior product marketing manager for peripherals, Acer America. "All three models offer advanced display technology that meets a wide variety of viewing needs combined with the power-saving features and an eco-friendly design that are important to today's consumers."
All three monitors sport a 1920x1080 resolution and, for what it's worth, a 12,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio. Both FHX models feature a 2ms response time, while the FHD is rated at 5ms.
The FHD2303L ($250), FHX2402L ($250) and FHX2152L ($190) will ship later this month.
All-in-one (AIO) desktops are fast becoming all the rage, and Gateway is well aware of their growing popularity. But don't take our word for it, straight from the horse's mouth:
"The demand fo all-in-one desktop PCs took off last year with the introduction of Windows 7 and its touch screen capabilities, and as the technology became more powerful and less expensive," said Steve Smith, senior business manager of consumer desktops, Acer America.
That's not a typo, Acer owns Gateway. But back to the point, Gateway today announced a couple of new additions to its existing ZX One series, the 21.5-inch Gateway One ZX4951 ($900) and 23-inch ZX6951 ($1,000). Both models sport a new look with a curved bottom edge and glossy black bezel with chrome and silver accents.
From a feature standpoint, the ZX4951 comes with an Intel Pentium G6950 processor (2.8GHz), 4GB of DDR3 memory, 500GB hard drive, Blu-ray drive, Intel HD graphics, Wireless-N, and the typical assortment of ports and amenities. For $100 more, the ZX6951 bumps the processor to an Intel Core i3 550 (3.2GHz) and increases the HDD to 640GB.
Right around this time in 2008, AMD said it was taking a wait-and-see approach to the netbook market, saying "We are watching that segment rather than playing in it, but as it matures we'll see where it goes." It looks like the world's second largest chip maker has seen enough, as we see yet another AMD-based netbook emerge.
This latest entry comes from Gateway, which just announced its 11.6-inch LT32 Series netbook built around AMD's Athlon II Neo K125 processor clocked at 1.7GHz. It will also pack ATI Radeon HD 4225 graphics with 384MB of onboard memory.
"The Gateway LT32 is a true ultra-mobile entertainment powerhouse netbook," said Pete Dailey, senior product marketing manager for Gateway netbooks. "It delivers a heightened level of performance and HD entertainment with the powerful combination of AMD Neo processors, ATI graphics, and the crisp and clear HD display. The HDMI port means that customers can enjoy their digital entertainment on a large external display wherever they go."
Other specs include 2GB of DDR3 memory, 250GB hard drive, 3G, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, three USB 2.0 ports, and pretty much everything else you'd expect to find on a netbook.