Pros It looks great, it performs great and if you try to screw it up, you can always get it back to factory settings or restore without destroying your programs. I really don't know what the reviewer is talking about skimping on external ports. I have 10 USB
Cons The only bad thing I can say is the factory software for encoding DVD's is slow. You can download a faster one online.
Summary I call it the PC for Dummies, because this thing is all the power anyone could need at this time and you can not permanently ruin it, believe me I always test every product I have ever purchased.
Pros plenty room for upgrades
Cons Power Supply and Graphic card
Summary I have this PC for about a year and I must say it does the job. Yes the power supply is not the best and the graphic card for that matter as well. I use the pc for everyday use and stream movies via xbox (media center) on a regular basis. I haven't had an issue with it yet, mind you that it has 1.5 TB and I'm currently using a third of this memory for movies. I think it is great for everyday use and the price is not bad. Also I purchased this from Best Buy on sale for 599.00 (650 after taxes)
Pros USB & memory-card ports up the kazoo! A snap to set-up. On-board graphics is better than I expected. Motherboard has slots to install better graphics/sound cards, etc. Case opens easily.
Cons Buttons to open the CD & DVD drives on the side, takes practice to find them. Bloatware installed but a couple were thngs I use anyway, deleted the rest. Must replace anemic power supply if you want to install high-end graphics & sound cards.
Summary *I'm* a "real customer." I've purchased 10 computers over the last 17 years as technologies changed. Three of them are/were fine high-end computers made by another company (name starts with a "D"). I managed to corrupt my latest high-end computer near the end of a project and realized it could take a long time to get it straightened out. Then I saw this thingie on sale. Figured "what can go wrong?" and bought it.
Well, nothing "went wrong." It installed without a hitch. It's fast & works smoothly w/ many apps running and multiple browser tabs open, all at the same time.
After finishing my project I tried playing a few simulation games (railroad & flight sims, not intensive shoot-em-ups). The integrated graphics & sound were a lot better than I expected . High-res scenery details and movement were rendered smoothly.
BTW, I mentioned that the side cover is easy to remove. On other sites I've seen people complain because they had to remove 2 screws to get the cover off - couldn't believe it! Two screws and the side cover pops off giving full access to the cleanly laid-out insides!! (Doesn't everybody own a Phillips screwdriver these days?) It's a much better arrangement than the "clam-shell" covers I've seen on other computers.
Pros I have not found any pros since It get blue screen every 1 hour even after 4 reformatings with the right Windows 7 CDs and the inability of Acer (Gateway) to fix it.
Cons -System 32: broken;
-Safe mode: broken;
-Windows kernel mode driver broken;
-Display driver broken;
-Fan: crazy refrigerator noise;
Summary I'm never buying a Gateway computer again (No acer either).
Gateway is seriously the worst piece of technology I've ever bought. I'll never buy a computer from Future Shop either.
Warranty: 1/10 (365 days of warranty, product broke at 360 days, I got "lucky")
Customer service: 4/10
Shipping fees: They had me pay 60$ to ship my computer to their repair plant. A computer is a 24 pound large box. They are unable to repair my computer. They also asked me to buy bubble wrap from walmart (10$).
Cost of "not being able to fix this piece of crap": 60$ + 10$ + DuctTape + Car fuel + Time + No computer for 2 weeks + 4 reformating of Windows 7 + 22 hours of transfering files to an external 1TB hard drive.
This is the message I got from Gateway/Acer:
"Dear Customer: Case ID: XXXXXXXU Product: XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX ; DX4850-45C W7HP64/I7-2600/8G/1TB/GT420 1 Your computer has been repaired and has been prepared for shipment. You will receive another eMail containing the shipping tracking number. Sincerely yours. Acer Service Repair Center http://www.acer.com/"
Guess what!? They didn't actually fix it!
Pros ARE THERE ANY?? LOCKED UP AFTER LESS THAN A YEAR... TECH SUPPORT SPOKE HARDLY ANY ENGLISH..JUNK! NOT AMERICAN MADE. IT IS EMACHINE!
Cons IT'S JUNK! THEY DON'T STAND BEHIND IT; WANTED TO CHARGE $20 FOR DISK 4 OF THE RESTORE DISKS (ONLY 3 CAME WITH IT I BOUGHT IT, BUT IT WON'T COMPLETE SYSTEM RESTORE WITHOUT THE 4TH DISK!!! YOU FIND THAT OUT THE HARD WAY! WHAT A WASTE OF $700!
Summary DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME OR MONEY..... SAVE YOUR SELF A LOT OF HEADACHES AND DON'T BUY A GATEWAY. I EVEN WROTE TO THEIR INVESTOR RELATIONS DEPT... THEY DIDN'T GIVE THE COURTESY OF A RESPONSE...AT ALL!!!