Gateway SX2840-01

The Good Small size, quality video playback, and HDMI output make it a viable home theater PC; virtualized quad-core Intel CPU offers competitive performance for its price; massive 1TB hard drive; room for half-height expansion cards.

The Bad No wireless networking; relative power hog compared with the Mac Mini.

The Bottom Line Gateway's SX2840-01 remains the budget PC to beat. Its combination of small size, fast performance, and living room competence makes it one of the most flexible desktops on the market. That it has room to upgrade makes the deal that much sweeter. We recommend this desktop to anyone looking for a powerful, versatile low-cost computer.

Editors' Rating
7.9 Overall

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Gateway SX2840-01

Feb 2010

Editors' note: This review is part of our , which covers specific fixed configurations of popular systems found in retail stores.

This review was updated February 5, 2010, to indicate that the Core i3 530 CPU is a dual-core CPU that can emulate two additional processing threads, making it a virtual quad-core chip.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $559
  • Brand Gateway
  • Type Core i3
  • Installed Size 6 GB
  • Edition Windows 7 Home Premium
  • Capacity 1 TB
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