The Gateway One ZX6951-53 fared as well as expected in our performance tests. Its fast 3.2GHz Intel Core i5 CPU led it to a shared win with other all-in-ones on our iTunes file conversion test. It also fell just behind the Acer Aspire Z5700-U2112 on our other benchmarks, which we expect given the Acer's slightly higher-end CPU. The 21-inch iMac remains the midrange all-in-one to beat in terms of performance, but compared with other Windows systems, the Gateway is adequately fast. Day-to-day computing tasks and basic digital media editing should be easy to manage for this system. You may even get away with some light-duty gaming.
Like most Windows all-in-ones in this price range, the Gateway One ZX6951-53 does offer a touch interface. Gateway's touch software is among the least inspired, offering the bare minimum in terms of media player apps and other utilities. The screen also isn't the most responsive we've used. The good news is that the touch interface doesn't do much harm. You're free to ignore it and use the system as you would normally.
We're more impressed by the Gateway's haptic controls. Just under the display you'll find illuminated buttons to control the display brightness and the system volume, and to cycle through various modes of a down-facing, keyboard-illuminating LED. We'd like to see similar functionality on every all-in-one.
We've already covered the HDMI port on this PC in depth, but the rest of its connectivity options bear mentioning. You get a reasonable number of inputs and outputs. The left side of the system has an SD Card slot. On the back, behind the removable plastic panel, you get six USB ports, 5.1 analog audio jacks, a TV tuner input, a VGA video output, and a set of PS/2 mouse and keyboard jacks. The ZX6951-53 also comes with a wireless mouse and keyboard set, and the USB microreceiver occupies one of the USB jacks. We wish this system had FireWire or eSATA for an alternative data connection. Between the five free USB slots on the back, and another two on the right side of the system, most users should be able to make do.
|Gateway One ZX6951-53||Average watts per hour|
|Off (60 percent)||0.69|
|Sleep (10 percent)||1.86|
|Idle (25 percent)||38.73|
|Load (5 percent)||118.74|
|Energy Star compliant||Yes|
|Annual energy cost||$19.85|
We're disappointed in the Gateway's power efficiency. That's not to say that $19.85 is a lot to pay in extra power bills over the course of a year, but relative to the faster Acer, we'd expect the Gateway would require less power. The difference will amount to roughly $0.33 a month in terms of your wallet, a light load to bear. We just never like to see slower PCs draw more power than their faster competition.
Gateway gives you one year of parts-and-labor coverage with the One ZX6951-53, along with 24-7 toll-free phone service, and a variety of help resources available online. The system itself also comes with a few diagnostic apps to help you monitor the status of various components yourself.
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Acer Aspire Z5700-U2112
Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit); 3.2GHz Intel Core i5 650; 4GB 1,333MHz DDR3 SDRAM; 128MB (shared) Intel GMA X4500 integrated graphics chip; 1TB 7,200rpm Western Digital hard drive
Apple iMac 21.5-inch (Summer 2010)
Apple OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.4; 3.06GHz Intel Core i3; 4GB 1,333MHz DDR3 SDRAM; 256MB ATI Radeon HD 4670 graphics card; 500GB 7,200rpm Seagate hard drive
Gateway One ZX6951-53
Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit); 3.2GHz Intel Core i5 550; 4GB 1,333MHz DDR3 SDRAM; 128MB (shared) Intel GMA X4500 integrated graphics chip; 640GB 7,200rpm Western Digital hard drive
HP TouchSmart 310z
Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit); 2.53GHz AMD Athlon II X4 615e; 6GB 1,333MHz DDR3 SDRAM; 256MB (shared) AMD Radeon HD 4270 integrated graphics chip; 1TB 7,200rpm Western Digital hard drive
Sony Vaio J114FX
Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit); 1.8GHz Intel Pentium P6000; 4GB 1,066MHz DDR2 SDRAM; 128MB (shared) Intel GMA X4500 HD integrated graphics chip; 500GB 7,200rpm Western Digital hard drive