The Bottom Line
- Blu-ray Compatible Drive
- Large Number of USB Ports
- Integrated Graphics
- Low Wattage Power Supply Limits Graphics Upgrades
- Fair Amount Of Trailware Applications
- Intel Core i5-2300 Quad Core Desktop Processor
- 6GB PC3-10600 DDR3 Memory
- 1TB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive
- Blu-ray Reader And Dual-Layer DVD Burner Combo Drive
- Intel HD Graphics 2000 Integrated Graphics
- Intel HDA 7.1 Audio
- Gigabit Ethernet
- Ten USB 2.0, HDMI, VGA, Multicard Reader
- Windows 7 Home Premium, Office Starter, Norton Internet Security
Guide Review - Gateway DX4850-45 Mainstream Desktop PC
Feb 4 2011 - Gateway is very clearly looking towards the cost conscious consumer with their Gateway DX4850-45. It makes a number of compromises in certain features in order to achieve a $750 price tag but it does have a few surprises in it as well.
The Gateway DX4850-45 is based around the new 2nd generation Intel Core processors or Sandy Bridge. For this desktop, it uses the low end Core i5-2300 quad core processor. It offers good overall performance for most tasks thanks to the improvements made by Intel but they chose to remove the HyperThreading technology which existed in previous dual core i5 models. To save a bit, the system ships with 6GB of DDR3 memory rather than the more typical 8GB but many users won't notice this unless they multitask heavily or certain applications such as desktop video editing.
Rather than using a dedicated graphics card, the Gateway DX4850-45 uses the new Intel HD Graphics 2000 integrated processor. This is one of the key features of the new 2nd generation Core processors because it offers an improved graphics core. Mind you, this is still not up to 3D graphics performance for gaming but it does offer high definition media support and casual PC gaming at lower resolutions and detail levels which wasn't possible with previous offerings. Those wanting to use the system for gaming should be warned that while there is space for a PCI-Express graphics card, the 300 watt power supply is very limiting in what graphics cards it can support.
One bothersome aspect of Gateway's computers has the been the preinstalled software. The Gateway DX4850-45 is no different than previous models as there are a large number of applications including trialware installed. It doesn't impact the performance as much as it did before but it does clutter up the desktop and interface with distracting elements. It is advised to uninstall any applications that you don't think you need in order to clean it up.
If you have a large number of peripheral devices, Gateway has provided a large number of connectors to use with them. It features a total of ten USB 2.0 ports include two on the top front panel next to the multi-card reader and an additional on top at the back of the recessed area to store items such as an iPod while it is connected and charging.