Gateway DX100 review: Gateway DX100

The rest of the DX100X's features include a double-layer DVD writer, an 8-in-1 media reader, a somewhat archaic 56Kbps fax/modem, and an attractive, multimedia-savvy Gateway keyboard, which sports not only dedicated playback controls, but also Web-navigation and document-editing buttons. Besides the Windows XP Home operating system, Gateway also provides Microsoft Works 8 , a 90-day McAfee Internet Security Suite subscription, and a six-month AOL membership.

We wouldn't expect a spectacular warranty from an $800 PC, and Gateway's default support plan lives up (or down) to our expectations. To keep costs down, parts and labor coverage lasts a mere 90 days, and tech-support calls are on your dime; there's no toll-free number for basic warranty buyers. The most basic upgrade, $49 for one year of support, including onsite service, is a must-have. On the plus side, Gateway does provide extensive Web-based help, including real-time chat with technicians.

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System configurations:
eMachines T6524
Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005; 2.2GHz AMD Athlon 64 3500+; ATI Radeon RS482 chipset; 1,024MB DDR SDRAM 400MHz; integrated ATI Radeon Xpress 200 graphics chip using 128MB shared memory; WDC WD2000BB-22GUC0 200GB 7,200rpm EIDE

Gateway DX100X
Windows XP Home SP2; 2.93GHz Intel Celeron D 341; Intel 915G chipset; 512MB DDR2 SDRAM 533MHz; integrated Intel 915G graphics chip using 128MB shared memory; Western Digital WD800BD-22JMA0 80GB 7,200rpm SATA

Gateway DX200X
Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005; 3.06GHz Pentium 4 519; Intel 915G chipset; 5124MB DDR2 SDRAM 533MHz; integrated Intel 915G graphics chip using 128MB shared memory; Seagate ST3160023AS 160GB 7,200rpm SATA

HP Compaq Presario SR1620NX
Windows XP Home SP2; 2.0GHz AMD Sempron 3400+; ATI Radeon RS480 chipset; 512MB DDR SDRAM 400MHz; integrated ATI Radeon Xpress 200 graphics chip using 256MB shared memory; Seagate ST3160021A 160GB 7,200rpm EIDE

Shuttle XPC K6200h
Windows XP Home SP2; 2.8GHz Intel Celeron D 335; ATI 9100IGP chipset; 512MB DDR SDRAM 400MHz; integrated ATI 9100 graphics chip using 128MB shared memory; Western Digital WD1600JB-00GVA0 160GB 7,200rpm EIDE

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