Excerpt: While we love powerful super-rigs that can cut through benchmarks like a hot knife through buttah, not everyone can afford an $8,000 PC. This is where a budget-friendly all-in-one computer such as the Gateway One ZX4970 comes into play. At a mere $530, it certainly presents an interesting value proposition, but is it actually a good deal or a waste of dough? The first thing you’ll notice about the ZX4970 is its 21.5-inch screen.
Pros: Affordable and fairly priced.
Cons: No touchscreen; wired keyboard and mouse; relatively small screen; weak specs.
Conclusion: Though it doesn’t innovate or thrill, the Gateway ZX4970-UR22 is a solid, no-frills computer offered at a very reasonable price. The processor is reasonably quick, the display is good, and there are plenty of ports for connecting hard drives and other extras. Only 3D performance falls short, but competitors in the same price range are as bad or worse. Speaking of competitors, there’s no shortage of them – yet most can’t match the Gateway’s price.
Pros: Simple but sturdy design, Plenty of USB ports, High-quality matte display, Decent compute performance for the price, Affordable
Cons: Stand lacks ergonomic adjustments, No display controls, Poor 3D performance
Conclusion: Priced for the masses, it's unfortunately not fully geared for the masses who would benefit from better docs and tech support. But if you're comfortable delving into the depths of PC hardware and software, you may find the UR22 an enticing deal.
Pros: Very affordable all-in-one with acceptable performance and features, Lots of ports, including six USB and one HDMI-in
Cons: 21.5-inch screen looks a little cramped these days, Display doesn't support touch, No user-upgradability, Generic documentation, Wired input devices
Conclusion: But if you're comfortable delving into the depths of PC hardware and software, and more careful than we are about mounting DVDs on the spindle, you may be able to focus on the ZX's value proposition and find it a compelling deal.
Pros: Arguably the most affordable all-in-one with acceptable performance and features, Lots of ports, including six USB and one HDMI in, One USB port doubles as device charger
Cons: DVD drive swallows discs, 21.5-inch screen looks a little cramped these days, Poor documentation and support