Pros Nice compact design, stays cool when using Core i3 or a Celeron duel core Sandy Bridge.
Cons Lost access to slot 2 of RAM. Kept getting bios error on boot. Worked fine as long as only slot 1 was used
Summary I bought this on a clearance at a Best Buy store. I normally don't buy from Best Buy but could not pass it up. A couple months into it the slot2 of RAM failed. No RAM would work in slot 2. I called Gateway and found out in trouble shooting that the PC had been registered already months ago! Leaving only a month left in warranty. Lucky for me I could prove my purchase date. Stupid Best Buy reboxed and sold as new. Anyway, it would have osts me over $25 to ground ship for repair. I decided the second slot of RAM was not a big deal. I populated the first slot with 4GB and it has been fine. I like the PC but it has some stupid mood light around front trim panel. Luckily a button can turn it off? I also agree the button to eject DVD drawer is weak. Power supply is a joke at 200 watts. Don't expect to add a graphics card even though it has a PCIe slot. Good luck trying to find a decent PSU that is over 200 watts. I like the HDMI out which works great with my Acer monitor. I gave it only 2 stars because I do not expect it to last a long time. I guess I know why it was on clearance and I have learned not to buy anything at Best Buy again!
"I7 Emachine"on by andrewnte
Pros Great processor and small enough to release as an HTPC case.
Cons It's small for an I7, I would think heat would become an issue. No room for upgrading. It looks to me as if they took the best of everything cheap leftover from the sales drives of 2008 and put it in an EMachine case for low air flow.
Summary Looks like a guaranteed dead machine. I honestly thought the IEEE had standards against the I7 being used in Mirco Atx form due to it's higher end hertz usage possibly causing fires in constricted running space.