The Good Handsome case design; kicks-off the new generation of Windows 7-based all-in-one PCs with fast performance; decent mainstream gaming capability; solid-state hard drive speeds OS and application loading.
The Bad Occasionally unresponsive touch input; lacking higher-end multimedia features like Blu-ray and wall mounting; TV tuners are lame.
The Bottom Line The Gateway One ZX6810-01 makes a strong first impression for Windows 7-based all-in-ones PCs, with fast performance and an attractive case design. Its touch input and accompanying applications fall flat, but there's enough respectable computer here that it's worth a look. Our only suggestion is that you wait to inspect the rest of the new Windows 7 crowd once they are released.
Gateway One ZX6810-01
Congratulations to Gateway's One ZX6801-01 for sending in the first official Windows 7-based PC to CNET Labs. We've already reviewed Windows 7, so we'll spend most of our energy here talking about Gateway's new PC. We like the One ZX6810-01 well enough. When it goes on sale for $1,399 at the end of the month, you'll get a 23-inch touch capable display, and a strong core of components in a well-designed chassis. However, we'd change a few of its features, the touch interface is marred by slow response time and glitchy applications and we anticipate a slew of new all-in-ones will debut alongside this one toward the end of October. All of those factors keep us from handing Gateway a clear victory. We'd recommend it to those looking for a new large screen all-in-one with strong hardware performance, but you'd be wise to wait before buying to see what else might emerge in the flurry of new Windows 7-based PCs.
The Gateway One ZX6810-01 doesn't have a revolutionary all-in-one design, but it's certainly an improvement from the original Gateway One back in 2007. The 23-inch display in the new model is indeed touch sensitive, and it comes with a new Microsoft-provided touch programs as well as five Gateway specific touch applications, although you can, of course, use your fingers to drive almost any program on the system.
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