Unlike typical tech newbies, Gateway had a storied journey that began on an Iowa cattle ranch in 1985. Founders Ted Waitt and Mike Hammond built the company from the ground up with a $ 10,000 loan from Waitt's grandmother and had quite a success until the dot-com bubble burst in the early 2000s.
Despite attempts to remain profitable, such as entering the consumer electronics market and buying eMachines in 2004, Gateway was eventually acquired by industry giant Acer in 2007. The company is still a subsidiary of Acer, which is not a bad thing considering that they are the three largest PC makers in the world.
The Small Form Factor system we're about to review today, part of Gateway's SX desktop series, is nearly identical in shape and fit to the Acer Aspire X1200 we looked at almost two years ago. Of course, the internals have been improved to meet today's standards, but the layout and style elements are very similar.
The SX series from Gateway is a third the size of a conventional desktop tower, but offers a considerable breakthrough due to its small footprint. The exact dimensions are 10.43 "x 3.93" x 12.4 "and weighs only 5.44 kg. Pricing starts at $ 520 with Intel and AMD processor options for a quad core -System like that can be scaled in up to $ 600 our hands.
The SX2311-03 has an AMD Phenom II X4 820 processor with 2.8 GHz, 4 GB DDR3 memory (expandable to 8 GB), a 1 TB hard drive, Nvidia GeForce 9200 graphics, a 16-fold DVD Burner and a 64-bit copy of Windows 7 Home Premium. Other notable features include a multi-card reader and an 802.11b / g / n wireless card.
As you can probably predict from the price and specs, this isn't a gaming powerhouse, but it should handle serious multitasking and productivity tasks with ease, while still having a compact design that takes up very little desk space. Read on as we examine the SX2311-03 gateway in more detail.