The Bottom Line
Jan 10 2012 - Those looking for an extremely affordable all-in-one system with a touchscreen to use with Windows 8 will be hard pressed to find a lower cost option than the Gateway One ZX6980-UR308. While it is extremely affordable and the touchscreen works very well, it does sacrifice performance in particular to achieve its low price tag. Those who can afford just a hundred dollars more will notice some significant performance gains from competing all-in-ones.
- Very Responsive Multitouch Display
- Older and Slower Processor
- Just 4GB of Memory
- Limited Display Tilt
- Intel Pentium G640 Dual Core Desktop Processor
- 4GB PC3-10600 DDR3 Memory
- 1TB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
- 8x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner
- 23" WUXGA (1920x1080) Multitouch Display With Intel HD Graphics 200 Integrated Graphics
- Intel HD Audio With 2.5 Watt Stereo Speakers
- Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11a/g/n Wireless, Bluetooth
- Two USB 3.0, Four USB 2.0, HDMI (in), 8-in-1 Card Reader, 2.0 Megapixel Webcam
- 22" x 16.6" @ 4.4"
- Windows 8, Office Starter
Review - Gateway One ZX6980-UR308
Jan 10 2012 - The Gateway One ZX6980 takes the same basic design that it has used in the past and makes some internal adjustments to make the system one of the most affordable of the 23-inch touchscreens. It still uses the external power brick introduced with the last redesign and uses a tilt design with a cutout below the screen that can't quite fit the keyboard underneath for storage.
To make the system more affordable, it uses an Intel Pentium G640 dual core processor rather than one of the Core series processor. This still uses the same general design that the second generation Core processors use but at slower speeds and with less cache. Combine this with just 4GB of memory and the performance is noticeably slower than most of the competition but still better than those based on mobile processors. It should still be sufficient for those using the system to browse the web, watching movies or write some papers up. Buyer's might want to invest in a memory upgrade to boost the performance even though Windows 8 does run smoothly enough with just one application at a time.
Storage wise the Gateway One ZX6980-UR308 isn't all that different from most other all-in-ones that cost hundreds more. It still uses a one terabyte hard drive that provides it with a decent amount of storage space for applications data and media files. Performance is a bit slower though as the drive spins at the 5400rpm rate rather than the more traditional 7200rpm. This means boot up times are a bit slower as are loading applications. If you do need additional space, there are two USB 3.0 ports for use with high speed external storage. The only downside is that these ports reside on the left side of the screen rather on the back where more permanent external storage options would likely be connected to keep cable clutter to a minimum. A dual layer DVD burner is included with the system for playback and recording of CD or DVD media.
With the introduction of Windows 8, the multitouch display panel of the Gateway One now really gets to shine. The panel is very responsive and works very well with the new multitouch gestures. The 23-inch screen features a native resolution of 1920x1080 for full 1080p video support. The viewing angles are a bit less than some of the competition along with the limited angle of tilt making and it less suitable for use as a home media station but it does include an HDMI input for use with an external video device such as a game console or Blu-ray player. The big downside here is that the Pentium processor uses a very dated version of the Intel HD Graphics 2000. This is just fine for most basic tasks but it lacks any real 3D performance for even casual PC gaming. It does offer some accelerate media encoding when using Quick Sync compatible applications but not to the same level as newer HD Graphics options.
At just $750, the Gateway One ZX6980 is certainly very affordable but there are some options that are just slightly more expensive. These include the Acer Aspire AZS600, HP Envy 20, Lenovo IdeaCentre B540 and the Toshiba LX835. The Acer is very similar as it does own Gateway as well, but uses a faster processor for a hundred dollars more. HP uses a smaller 20-inch display but comes with faster processor, faster hard drive and more memory. Lenovo features a faster processor and hard drive with just 4GB of memory as well but is very easy to upgrade. Finally, Toshiba uses a faster processor, faster hard drive and more memory.