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Gateway One ZX6900-01e 23-inch All-In-One Desktop PC

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Gateway One ZX6900-01e

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The Bottom Line

Jul 27 2010 - Gateway's One ZX6900-01e updates one of the more powerful all -in-one desktops on the market to make it a very strong candidate for those wanting a high definition workstation. Upgrades include a new Core i3 dual core desktop processor and Blu-ray compatible optical drive. Multitouch features are retained but input lag still remains. Prices are also more affordable hovering just over $1000 making it a viable alternative to the class leading Apple iMac.

Pros

  • Solid Performance From Dual-Core Desktop Class Processor
  • Blu-ray Compatible Drive
  • Well Priced

Cons

  • Multitouch Panel Fairly Slow To Respond
  • Integrated Graphics
  • An HDMI Input Would Have Been Nice

Description

  • Intel Core i3-530 Dual Core Desktop Processor
  • 4GB PC3-10600 DDR3 Memory
  • 640GB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive
  • Blu-ray Reader And Dual-Layer DVD Burner Combo Drive
  • 23" WUXGA (1920x1080) Multitouch Display With Intel GMA X4500HD Integrated Graphics
  • Intel HDA 5.1 Audio With 5W Stereo Speakers
  • Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wireless
  • Six USB 2.0, eSATA, HDMI, 8-in-1 Card Reader, 1.3 Megapixel Webcam
  • 23.3" x 19.3" x 3.8"
  • Windows 7 Home Premium, Works, TouchPortal, Norton Internet Security

Guide Review - Gateway One ZX6900-01e 23-inch All-In-One Desktop PC

Jul 27 2010 - Gateway's One ZX6900 series all-in-one desktop shares the same general appearance as the previous ZX6800 but it has received some very important upgrades. This include the move to from the older Intel Core 2 desktop processors to the new Intel Core 2010 processors. In the case of the ZX6900-01e, it uses the relatively low end Core i3-530 dual core processor but the performance from this far outpaces most all-in-one systems that rely on mobile processors. The 4GB of DDR3 memory help the system breeze through applications and multitasking without issue.

Another major update is the inclusion of a Blu-ray compatible drive. This was one of the major disappointments in the original ZX6800 model but now the system can achieve its full HD video capabilities with Blu-ray movies. It can still playback and record CDs and DVDs as well. The 640GB hard drive is a bit small for a desktop class system when two terabyte drives are now available but it is fairly typical for an all-in-one class system.

The display panel for the ZX6900-01e is the same as the previous ZX6800 series. This means that it is fully multitouch enabled but still has the very noticeable input lag compared to some other touchscreens on the market. Gateway does include its TouchPortal software suite with some minor touch enabled applications but it lacks the completeness of HP's TouchSmart suite. The screen provides a full 1920x1080 resolution for full 1080p HD video support and has a very bright pictures. There is some light bleed at the edges of the panel but turning the brightness down does mitigate this somewhat and helps balance colors.

Unfotunately, the ZX6900-01e drops the dedicated graphics of the previous ZX6800 model in favor of a less expensive integrated Intel GMA X4500HD solution. It still has enough performance to handle HD video streaming and Blu-ray playback just fine but those hoping to use the system for even some casual PC gaming will be disappointed by its lack of 3D capabilities.

The ZX6900-01e has some other multimedia changes as well. The digital TV tuner has been removed to help keep the costs down and fewer people are getting their HDTV from over the air broadcasts. The system also features an HDMI output unlike the previous model. It would have been nice to see them include an HDMI input as well so the system could use an external cable or Satellite TV tuner to make it functional as a stand alone high definition media center.

Another annoyance with Gateway's One system is the large amount of trialware and applications that come preloaded. Some of them may be useful but many of them are probably never going to be used by consumers and can safely be removed from the system to free up system resources.

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