New systems offer managers easier access to internal components for adding expansion cards or memory or for servicing and replacing parts.
Gateway Inc. on Monday introduced three business PCs designed for easy expandability and serviceability, featuring a new graphite-and-platinum styling that stands in stark contrast to the companys earlier light-beige or white boxes.
The new systems, part of Gateways E-Series product line, use a tool-less entry design to offer system managers easier access to internal components for adding expansion cards and memory or for servicing and replacing parts.
The E-2000 and E-4000, offered at base prices of $849 and $1,049, respectively, are available in two designs: the standard micro-tower three-bay convertible chassis, or the optional six-bay mid-tower. Both systems offer additional expandability through six USB 2.0 ports (two on the front and four in the back) on the tower.
The high-end E-6000, priced starting at $1,399, features a 7-bay tower case, five PCI slots and six USB 2.0 ports.
The E-4000 and E-6000 also feature AGP slots for optional 32MB or 128MB add-on graphics cards.
The entry-level E-2000 comes with a 1.8GHz Celeron processor
from Intel Corp., 128MB of PC2100 DDR SDRAM, 20GB Ultra ATA hard drive and 15-inch monitor.
The base configured E-4000 features a 1.8GHz Pentium 4 processor, 128MB of PC2100 DDR SDRAM, 40GB Ultra ATA100 hard drive and 17-inch monitor.
The E-6000 base-configuration comes with a 2GHz Pentium 4 chip, 256MB of PC800 Rambus DRAM, 40GB Ultra ATA100 hard drive and 17-inch monitor.
All three systems are available with Intels LANDesk Client Manager and built-in sensors to monitor vital system functions. In addition, Wake-On-LAN technology can power on computers via a network server, enabling IT managers to perform routine maintenance remotely and during non-work hours.
Gateway, of Poway, Calif., also offers training, network installation and support for its business PCs through the companys nearly 300 Gateway Country stores and service providers nationwide.