Summary: Good basic system at the a modest price. Only complaint is that that button to operate disc drawer takes more than the usual amout of force to orperate. Like the snall footprint and noiseless operation.
Summary: i got this computer because my laptop was having some problems with the power cord and just being plain outdated. i was looking for something in the $500 price range, and this seemed to be the best for the price. i was also looking for a computer i could keep for a while, so that would mean i would be able to upgrade the hardware. since it has an intel H57 motherboard, that means the i3 core can be swapped out for an i5 or i7 core later on.
Summary: I purchased this computer 2 months ago and it's working fine. Pro: Fast, quiet, small. Works with the included Win7 and Linux (Ubuntu and Suse). Cons: 1. No support for such minor things as the memory upgrade specs, bios upgrades. The Gateway site is a shell, and merely sends you to the "online merchant". 2. The onboard display (Intel graphics with VGA and HDMI output) cannot coexist with any added PCI-E card. You can select either one (but not both) using BIOS settings.
Summary: I bought this system because of the strong spec: Intel Core i3, 4GB DDR3 Memory, 4MB L2 cache, improved bus architecture, etc. for the money. I've purchased gateway/e-machines in the past and have had pretty good luck with them. This system is not a gamer's system. Rather, it is a high-performance for the budget type box that can run heavy duty applications that are data intensive (I use it for statistical apps, graphics apps, etc...).
Summary: As soon as the unit was connected to the (surge protected) power strip, the blue light at the power button (switch) lit up (which looked odd since I was expecting to push the button by myself to turn it on like any other computers or electronic devices). Afterward, nothing happened and the monitor indicated no input from VGA. And, I turned off the power switch (button) and the blue light went out as expected.
So Far, So Good...but Lacks Ports of Last Year's Model
Jeffrey Ornstein, Amazon
8 August 2010
Summary: I was looking to replace my 7-year old Dell Dimension which simply could not handle HD video. And XP was an aging operating system. Therefore, upgrading made sense. I've had the computer for a week, and so far, so good. Set up was easy and simple. At the same time I bought this computer, I also ordered a 22" 1080p LG monitor. Both products work flawlessly together. Graphics are beautiful, and I'm impressed with the updated Intel HD graphics.
Summary: This is a perfect PC for booting satellite or cable bills out the door. I had DirecTV and was tired of paying $86 a month to watch 10-15 channels at most. The PC performs perfectly with the included Windows 7. WiFi is excellent and I have no issues with streaming Netflix or web-based movies/shows. While you can play games on it, I would not recommend this as a gaming platform.
Good system but but lacks optical out for sound...
1 August 2010
Summary: I wanted to purchase a small PC for my home theater system and was initially leaning toward the e-machines "Mini-e." However, I saw that it had issues with flash and Hulu. I then came across the Gateway SX2840 which got rave reviews from cnet and the like. It seemed to have everything I wanted except for a wireless card. I figured hey, I can just buy one and stick it in the machine, but then I came across the SX2850 and voila! It had one in it.
Summary: I've had this for about 4 months; performance is excellent. I play WoW, and a number of other rpg's and have had no issues at all. One detail. Though it has Gateway name they sold out to another outfit with less visibility than Gateway. That said, this box is solid. The 200 wat pwr supply seemed small to me but so far this has been a great buy.