Pros Multi Tasking computer with ease. Can handle most online games. Great for a cheap basic computer that will get the job done. Easily upgradeable though.
Cons even though it can handle gaming, not enough giddi-up for Crysis or Farcry.
Summary A good computer to buy and upgrade as you can. in the end if you beef it up it can be a power house. just make sure u get a new power supply if u put any demanding upgrades in it, hence it comes with 300 watt supply.
Pros Fast, plenty of disk space and bays to add disk space
Cons The installed on-board graphics card is not supported well on linux distributions
Summary I was looking for a pre-built computer to use as my new linux-based home server, part for testing applications for work and part for serving as a media server. I have a mixed computer OS home environment, so I wanted something I could use for backups for my Mac and PC laptops and be able to set it up with free (open source) software to serve up my CD library over itunes (via my laptop Mac).
This box is perfect for what I needed, raw computing power and plenty of disk space. My only gripe is the silliness of the on-board graphics Nvidia card. I could spend the money to put in a newer model if it gets to be a pain in further OS upgrades (due to non-support issues).
I have Ubuntu 8.04LTS installed along with Firefly and I can sit in comfort in my family room using my Mac Laptop to control everything on the box via my home wireless network. I have netatalk and samba running to backup my laptops to the hard drive and Firefly advertises my CD library on the box just fine to Itunes.
This was easier than buying all the components myself and putting together my own linux server. Installing Ubuntu over the installed Vista was the first thing I did - gleefully.
Pros 64 bit alot faster, lots of space on hard drive
Cons only can buy 64 bit software
Summary Always have had good luck with Gateway this is my 4th one!! @ desktops, 2 Laptops have had for a few years no problems!!!
Pros Bang for Buck, as stated with the Acer M5100
Cons Cnet review
Summary I have to write this and show my dismay for this link with the Acer/Gateway Quad Core overview.
So you're telling me that because you get great components, and a 4 core processor that they score a 6.9 for this much power in each box for under $600, because some people may not need it? That is asinine. Base the review on what you get for the money, and the performance, reliability, features, etc. If someone doesn't need this, or is in the market for something smaller then go buy it. This is a consumer decision, and if you think this is the first time that people may buy more of a PC than they really need then I suggest you look at the last decade of the entire market. These reviews are the equivalent of stating that an Aston Martin Vanquish scores a 4/10 because it probably is more than you need for a daily 10 minute commute in Santa Monica, or grabbing groceries with the kids.
Pros Good overall bang for the buck.
Cons Needs a good video card and larger power supply
Summary I have 3 other dual core PCs that I do webinar screen recordings and video post production for various direct sales companies and was hoping to use this PC specifically to speed up post production processing. It is no faster at this type processing than my dual core PCs but I will be adding a PCI express vdieo card along with a larger power supply. The only complaint I really have is there is nothing that shows the hard drive is working - you just get kind of used to a little blinking light or something that tells you the hard drive is working but this PC doesn't have that. What a place for Gateway to cut costs, the only indicator you have on the whole PC is the power light. Kind of stupid thing to miss but I do - I like to see that the computer is processing...