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CNET First Look
CNET First Look
>> Hey, I'm Justin Yu, associate editor for CNET.com with a first look at an editor's choice winning desktop. It's Gateway's DX4831-01E. Now, the last set of DX series systems didn't do so well so we're happy to see that this budget tower gets an updated configuration, with Intel's new Core i3 processor. Now this 2.93 GHz chip makes this system great for light duty video editing, media sharing and all your other everyday processes. On the top of the front panel you'll get a media card reader on the top lip, 2 USB ports and a non-slip resting bay for your peripherals. The system gets extra points for versatility because of the HDMI port you get on the back, which means you can easily serve media to a hi-def tv. And we ran HD video on the system using VIMEO [phonetic], Youtube, Quicktime and Netflix and we're happy to report zero snags across the board. The back of the computer also has a lot more USB ports, 2 eSATA ports, 7.1 audio inputs, svitif [phonetic] audio, Firewire 400 and VGA video, making it one of the most fully functional Gateway systems this season. You also get plenty of room inside the tower for future expansion. There's room for full sized graphics card and you also get a pair of PCI slots and a 1XPCI express slot. Unfortunately, all 4 RAM slots are occupied by the 6 gigs of memory, but you can easily pop them out and swap in high capacity chips if you choose. Finally, you get a terabyte of storage space out of the box and there's room for another hard drive as well if you need more storage. Thanks to its new Intel Core i3 chip, this Gateway also swept the competition in our performance tests, which combined with a roomy interior and a generous bundle of features, makes it an easy pick for our Editor's Choice Award. You can get plenty more details in the review, but that's going to do it for me. You just took a first look at the Editor's Choice winning Gateway DX4831-01E desktop PC. I'm Justin Yu, and that sounds pretty good to me.
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