The Bottom Line
Apr 19 2012 - To try and keep the DX4860 desktop relevant to the sub-$500 desktop segment, Gateway has made some minor updates to the system. It retains the extra RAM that helps keep a smooth experience in Windows and gives the processor a slight memory boost. The problem is that the rest of the system pretty much remains unchanged including the lack of USB 3.0 ports and the large amount of installed software that does impact boot performance. It would have been nice to see Gateway make a few more changes. The result is still pretty much a budget desktop that just retains its overall average set of features as every other company has done similar upgrades to their systems.
- 6GB Memory
- Wireless Networking
- Easy Access Hard Drive Tray
- Limited Video Card Upgrade Potential
- Lacks USB 3.0 Ports
- Lots of Preinstalled Software
- Intel Core i3-3120 Dual Core Desktop Processor
- 6GB PC2-10600 DDR3 Memory
- 1TB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
- 16x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner
- Intel HD Graphics 2000 Integrated Graphics
- Intel HDA 5.1 Audio
- Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wireless
- Ten USB 2.0, HDMI, VGA, 16-in-1 Reader
- Windows 7 Home Premiu, Office Starter
Review - Gateway DX4860-UB32P
Apr 19 2012 - Gateway's DX4860-UB32P is essentially just an update of the previous budget oriented DX4860 desktop. The primary update to the system is a move from the Core i3-2100 to the i3-2120 dual core processor. This gives it a slight boost in clock speed but isn't a huge improvement over the past model. For most people, this processor will provide more than enough performance for the average tasks. Gateway also helps out the system compared to many other low cost desktops with 6GB of DDR3 memory. The extra memory provides it a bit better performance when multitasking to the average 4GB DDR3 systems.
The storage features remain completely unchanged for this update. The primary storage is provided by a one terabyte hard drive which is typical for many desktops these days. While it provides a good amount of storage space, the drive is a green variety that spins at a more sedate 5400rpm spin rate which means that performance is a bit less than comparable desktops uses traditional 7200rpm drives. One disappointment is the lack of any USB 3.0 ports for use with high speed external storage drives. This is pretty typical of many budget systems but at least Gateway has kept the design of the case unchanged which includes an easy access SATA tray that can be used to add a second hard drive internally to the system easily.
The graphics systems still relies on the Intel HD Graphics 2000 processor that is built into the Core i3 processor. This is common for pretty much every budget desktop system and is sufficient for most people's uses. It still lacks any significant 3D performance to even really be used for casual PC gaming at the lowest resolution and detail levels. It does offer some accelerated media encoding capabilities with QuickSync enabled applications. There is space within the system for a PCI-Express x16 graphics card. The problem is that the 300 watt power supply in the system will limit the system to only use the most basic of dedicated graphics cards.
One problem that has plagued many of the Acer Group's (including Gateway) PCs lately has been the software. The company likes to install a large number of applications onto the system. While storage space isn't an issue like it was before, the problem is that many of these programs are either trailware or are installed to load when it is booted. This means it takes longer than the average system to start up. It is advised that users take some time to remove any unwanted applications to help boost the boot performance.