In addition to the HDMI video output, the Gateway DX4831-01e offers a wide variety of connections on the back panel. You get six more USB ports bumping the total number of USB ports to eight, an Ethernet jack, two eSATA ports for external storage, a set of 7.1 audio inputs, an optical S/PDIF audio input, FireWire 400, and a VGA video out port. We quibbled about a lack of full-size FireWire port on the SX2840-01, so we'll shut our mouths and thank Gateway for coming through with a full suite of external connection options in its larger cousin.
If you still insist on putting it in your living room, the Gateway DX4831-01e can easily handle streaming video from the Web. Connected to a standard desktop monitor via a VGA cable, it ran full-screen video from sites such as YouTube, Hulu, Vimeo, and Netflix without a glitch. In addition, the Gateway smoothly played full 1080p HD movie trailers from Apple's Web site.
As noted above, the Gateway can't match the Dell's 8GB of memory and wireless card. Fortunately, you can easily add these components to the DX4831-01e easily thanks to its roomy interior. You can fit a full-size graphics card in the standard 16x PCI Express slot, and you also get a pair of PCI slots and a 1x PCI Express slot. All four RAM slots are occupied, but you can easily pop them out and swap in higher capacity memory chips. There's plenty of room to add another hard drive and optical drive as well.
|Gateway DX4831-01e||Average watts per hour|
|Raw (annual kWh)||235.47756|
|Energy Star compliant||No|
|Annual power consumption cost||$26.73|
Gateway deserves a nod for lowering the amount of energy required to power the DX4831-01e. While the HP Pavilion p6310y eats $34.91 in power per year, this model nibbles that cost down to an affordable $22.85, or roughly $2 a month on average.
Gateway offers all of the usual support features we expect for one year that includes parts and labor coverage, system-specific support, and a collection of helpful services online. The warranty also provides 24-7 toll-free phone support.
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System configurations :
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.93GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E7500; 8GB 1,066MHz DDR3 SDRAM; 32MB (shared) Intel GMA X4500 HD integrated graphics chip; 1TB 7,200rpm Seagate hard drive
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.93GHz Intel Core i3-530; 6GB 1,333MHz DDR3 SDRAM; 32MB Intel GMA HD integrated graphics chip; 1TB, 7,200rpm Western Digital hard drive
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.93GHz Intel Core i3-530; 6GB 1,333MHz DDR3 SDRAM; 64MB Intel GMA X4500 HD integrated graphics chip; 1TB, 7,200rpm Western Digital hard drive
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.8GHz AMD Athlon II X4 630; 6GB 1,066MHz DDR3 SDRAM; 256MB Nvidia GeForce 9100; 1TB, 7,200 rpm Western Digital hard drive
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 3GHz AMD Athlon II X2 250; 4GB 1,333MHz DDR3 SDRAM; 256MB (shared) Nvidia GeForce 6150SE integrated graphics chip; 640GB, 7,200 rpm Western Digital hard drive