Pros this is a much better computer than HP or Compaq, my last 4 HP computers have all imploded and died, my Gateway is still running I have been an ELECTRONICS TECH for 30 YEARS AND THE GATEWAY IS AND ALWAYS WILL BE A MUCH MUCH BETTER computer!
Cons NONE NONE!
Summary Do not listen to the undereducated reviewer from cnet this Gateway is a real performer, it performs much better than the specs would seem to indicate and for only $50 more you can purchase a major piece of JUNK form HP sorry I mean real JUNK from HP and Compuke I have had 4 of HP comps after they lasted about 14 months!!All of them melt down and I repaired 2 of them because I am an Electronics Tech but it is not worth throwing your money away on, on the other hand my Gateway is still running and I have never had a single problem or ANY ISSUE with it in 3 years running it almost 24 hours aday, and my grandsons Gateway is still running so is his mothers Gateway DX4200 and so is her boy friends Gateway and his parents Gateway Dx4200, all purchased around 2009, the cnet reviewer should not comment on something he knows nothing about!!!!
Pros Case style, DVD rw ,hdmi, multicard reader, Quad core, 8 gb max ram
Cons intergrated graphics, fans a little loud (but with fans on full the processor stays at 95 degrees) windows vista,
Summary Nice Machine, i added a ati radeon 4350, and i can still internal graphics to have a total of 5 moniters
Pros 64 bit system is a good thing. This system is available for under $350. At $500 it is a decent computer. At $350 it is a bargain. Quad cores for this price? Really?
This unit also qualifies for a free Windows 7 upgrade
Cons The on board video is average at best and you only have a 300w power supply. Seen batter cases and the drive doors are hokey.
Summary I just replaced a single core 2.0 Ghz machine with 1.5 gigs of memory to this. Four cores, 1.8 Ghz, 4 gigs of memory expandable to 8.
Something else to note if you are buying one of these. Make sure you get one with something other than the 9100e chip. Mine came with a 9150e, others came with 9750 or 9550 chips. The 9100e was rather suspect.
HDMI out is a great bonus. I am going to put a blue ray drive in this and see what it can do.
This is a great computer for person on a budget or a student. It is fine as it is for whatever work you have to do on it. But for around $200 (which you do not have to spend at once), you can add another 4 gigs of memory ($70), a decent video card ($70) and a 500w power supply and you have a computer that will allow any and all gaming.
Pros Good storage space, like quad processor speed, ram ok, I added an addition 2 gig making a total of 6 gig in system. Excellent room for expantion on hard drive along with ram.
Cons Don't like 300 power supply, should start with 500 watt. Most computers are used for gameing. So use 512 not a 256 video card please.
Summary Ok guess I'm happy with this system or I would not have bought it. It's a good system for the money. Just get a video card that works for You.
Pros I didn't really have enough time with the machine to gain any real likes or things that impressed me too much.
Cons I don't like the fact that the computer suffered a motherboard failure in less than 20 hours of use, and Gateway support doesn't seem to be too worried about that, and even less worried about getting a working computer back to me.
Summary I purchased a DX4200-09 on 2/22/09 from Best Buy and set it up the next day. On March 9, my wife could not get the computer to boot. After a call to Gateway support, they decided the computer sufered a video failure (on board video) so I returned it for repair via Fed Ex as instructed. After two weeks, all they have been able to tell me is that the repair part is on back order.
I spoke to a level two support tech this morning who told me I would get my computer back whenever it was fixed. He could not give me a time frame for repair. I asked, considering it was a brand new machine, couldn't my hard drive be transfered to a new machine to complete the repair. He said no, was quite rude and hung up on me.
Frankly, after the treatment I recieved this morning, I have accepted the fact that I have probably seen the last of that computer. We'll just save up until we can afford another. It WON'T be a Gateway.
Note that in buying computers for home and office over the past three decades, this is the first Gateway I have purchased, and the only initial failure I have ever experienced.