Having been acquired by Acer and refocused on its electronics-superstore retail rather than direct business, Gateway is prepping for holiday shoppers with a new 17-inch notebook and Intel Viiv multimedia-ready desktop -- the latter selling for $200 per CPU core. The Gateway GT5636E desktop ($800) includes Intel's 2.4GHz Core 2 Quad Q6600 processor and G965 integrated-graphics chipset (with a PCI Express x16 slot for upgrades); 2GB of DDR-2; a 400GB hard disk; a DVD±RW burner; and a Portable Media Bay that can accommodate a portable USB hard drive.
For $960, the GT5628 steps up to 3GB of RAM, a 500GB hard disk, and a 256MB Nvidia GeForce 8500 GT graphics card. A GT5464 economy model sells for $500 with a 1.6GHz Pentium Dual Core E2140 chip, 1GB of memory, and a 320GB hard disk. All three include Windows Vista Home Premium and 60- and 90-day trials of Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007 and McAfee Internet Security Suite, respectively.
Another $800 Gateway is the new P-6301 notebook, an 8.3-pound, 17-inch (1,440 by 900) Vista Home Premium portable with Intel's Pentium Dual Core T2310 processor and GMA X3100 graphics; 1GB of DDR-2; and DVD±RW and 160GB hard drives, not to mention 802.11g WiFi and a full-sized keyboard with numeric keypad. Spending $950 for the P-6822 version gets you a Core 2 Duo T5250 CPU, 250GB hard disk, and HDMI output.
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