Summary: The Gateway SX2801-01e is just one of several new budget slim tower systems available this season. We're impressed by its compact design and the HDMI port makes it easy to use in the living room. For a $520 system, the SX2801-01e's performance and upgradability put it in the same top tier as the Editors' Choice-winning models that came before it, and we recommend it to anyone shopping for a powerful, flexible, cost-effective computer.
Pros: Small size, excellent single-core and multitasking performance; HDMI port makes it into a capable home theater PC; inexpensive.
Cons: Dual-core processor outpaced by competition; no wireless networking; no FireWire.