Updated to correct CPU name typo.
Of the four, we liked the $710 Pavilion a6750y the most. It offers the best all-around performance thanks to its quad-core AMD chip, with a hearty 8GB of RAM and a large 750GB hard drive … Read more
Gateway's budget-minded 17-inch gaming laptops have impressed, offering a mix of decent components and high-end video cards for around $1,200. While the now discontinued P-7811 FX is still hunted for on message boards and eBay, Gateway now has a mostly worthy replacement, the P-7805u FX (part of our Winter 2009 Retail Laptop Review Roundup).
Getting an Nvidia GeForce 9800 GPU and a big 320GB 7200rpm hard drive for only $1,149 is about as good a bang for your buck as you're going to find, but, there were a couple of corners to be cut, notably the … Read more
In all the excitement of reviewing HP's new Firebird gaming desktop, we neglected to update our list of Best Buy desktop reviews. We already announced our winner in the ultra-budget category (congratulations, Acer), and last Friday we also wrapped up our $750 to $1,000 review segment. What we found is that while Dell offers the most balanced configuration at retail, Gateway (now owned by Acer) continues to surprise us with its value-oriented pricing and targeted performance.
The reason we like the $780 Gateway LX6810-01 so much is that it has the lowest price of the three systems we … Read more
We're not saying that the HP Pavilion Elite m9500y belongs in a pile of garbage. Far from it, in fact. At first glance, the spread of components you get for the price ($939) seems pretty decent: a 2.4GHz AMD Phenom Quad Core processor, a full 8GB of DDR2 RAM, a dedicated Nvidia 9500GS graphics card, 750GB of storage, and a wireless LAN card.
Unfortunately for HP, opinions change when you compare it with other systems like the Dell XPS 430-121B, which gives you faster DDR3 Ram, a more aggressive CPU, and trades Wi-Fi for a TV tuner card. … Read more
Although most media editors and gamers tend to put together desktop systems themselves, there's still a large portion of shoppers who just want the least amount of hassle. For those people, Best Buy offers the Gateway LX6810-01, an off-the-shelf system that can easily satisfy the demands of power users, light gamers, and home video enthusiasts.
The Gateway's physical shape and size is comparable to Dell's XPS 430-121B, but that's where the similarities end. Several features give Gateway the upper hand in a side-by-side comparison with the Dell.
For example, it has more RAM (although the Dell … Read more
Are you as excited about 19-inch monitors as I am?! If you answered, "Yes! I'm SO excited I can't stand it!" then you may want to reevaluate your life priorities. If you answered, "Probably not," then you should hit me up for a drink sometime, as you sound like a normal person I could have a conversation with, without feeling like you're gonna flip out at any moment, pull a monitor from under the table, and smash me in the face.
What I'm trying to say is, smaller monitors just aren't … Read more
Did Microsoft just serve up more fodder for the wits who direct Apple's lacerating series of Mac versus PC commercials?
On the surface, the decision to open a Microsoft chain of retail outlets sounds like a reasonable idea. With consumer spending plummeting, the competition for shoppers' attention is keener than ever. Why not hang out a shingle and give your wares top billing?
But this route has been fraught for technology companies who lost fortunes paying for under-used real estate compounded by bloated employee payrolls.
In the 1980s, IBM operated a network of retail stores. You could walk in … Read more
If you liked last year's Dell XPS 420 media-centric computer but decided to wait for something a little lighter on the digital video end, you might find a mate in the XPS 430-121B. You can consider it a younger cousin to the 420, maybe even once removed from some of the unnecessary add-ons that pushed it over the top.
This new model takes away the Windows SideShow LCD and instead adds a host of components like a dedicated graphics card, a TV tuner, and a quad-core processor that's sure to satisfy even the most insatiable media monger. You'… Read more