Gateway's new E-2600 series is aimed squarely at the small-business audience, offering platform stability along with bundled management apps. With a base price of less than $600, the E-2600 offers small business features at a low price, without making users settle for bottom-of-the-barrel components, but adding useful extras, such as a dual-core CPU, an LCD, and Microsoft Office, can almost double the price. The E-2600S is a slim form factor, while the E-2600D is a more traditional desktop midtower.

The Gateway E-2600 doesn't include as comprehensive a suite of security and management as the Lenovo Care package we found in the Lenovo 3000 J105. Instead, you'll get basic encryption and recovery software, plus Gateway's Systems Manager tools. With the Systems Manager running on client and administrator machines, you can get detailed information about the components in a particular system, monitor a system's health, and even get remote alerts when the chassis is opened.