"Great Home Theater PC - No comparison with Gateway"5.0 starson by circa1971
Pros: Easy setup - one adaptor cord and your on your home theater. Extremely quiet and energy efficient. Front row software (included) works great with Itunes movies/music. Wireless keyboard and "magic" mouse work excellently in the living room.
Cons: If you are a PC user - takes a little getting used to Macs format. Still think Windows is more user friendly albeit less stable. Built-in memory card reader would be nice.
Summary: We recently cut the cord on cable and satellite and I purchased the Gateway PC mentioned in the review for living room home theater use. It did not work well - graphics card is just too slow - seems to get locked up often. In addition to go wireless you'll need an adaptor and a bluetooth keyboard/mouse just like you have to purchase for the Mac (and none of the PC versions are as nice as the Mac's). Yes the Gateway is cheaper, but there is really no comparison in performance and quality. After trying the Gateway for several months, it became the kids computer and I bought the less expensive Mac Mini to give it a try - and love it. I was concerned it would not be enough, but it easily handles everything we want to do from Netflix, Hulu, abc.com, iTunes, etc. Would definitely recommend it.
Everyone complains about the adaptors, but it took little to no effort to find the necessary adaptors for audio and video connections to my home theater. They are all readily available online. We purchased the wireless keyboard and "magic" mouse and could not be happier with them in the living room.
I have been a long-standing PC person and still think Windows is more user friendly even if it requires a little more effort to keep it running smoothly. Mac definitely wants you to do things their way. But, for home theater use this thing is great!
I am usually very impressed with the reviews on CNET and rely heavily on them in making my electronics purchase decisions. I think they dropped the ball on this one. There is no comparison between the Gateway and Mac Mini. I would highly recommend the Mac Mini for a home theater PC.