Two new models in Gateway's ZX One Series of all-in-one desktops come with Blu-ray drives, Intel processors and pretty details, making them a fit for dorm rooms and savvy family spaces.
Gateway is updating its ZX One line of all-in-one consumer desktops with the Sept. 29 introduction of the ZX4951 and
ZX6951. Pitching the touch-screen PCs as perfect for living rooms, kitchen
counters and dorm rooms, Gateway has made an effort to update the systems
inside and out.
At 21.5 and 23 inches, the all-in-ones feature a curved design-no boxy desktop
PCs here!-paired with a glossy black and chrome aesthetic. For ambience, there's
lighting along the bottom edge of the PC that can be set to four levels of
brightness and that lights up the keyboard.
The chrome stand is also impressively thin, though either model can be mounted
on a wall to free up desk or counter space. Wall mounting is a nice idea given
that ZX One Series computers have high-definition displays and audio, Blu-ray
drives, and TV tuners, allowing them to double as televisions, if not whole
The brass-tacks details include the Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
operating system, a choice of Intel Pentium or Core i3 processors, 4GB of DDR3
(double data rate 3) SDRAM (synchronous dynamic RAM)-though
both desktops are upgradable to 16GB-and the choice of a 500GB or 640GB SATA (Serial
ATA) hard drive. Also included: a Webcam, six USB
2.0 ports, a multi-in-one card reader, a wireless keyboard and wireless mouse,
and Gigabit LAN, Ethernet and WiFi b/g/n connectivity.
"The demand for all-in-one desktop PCs took off last year with the
introduction of Windows 7 and its touch-screen capabilities, and as the
technology became more powerful and less expensive," Steve Smith, senior
business manager of consumer desktops for Acer America, Gateway's parent
company, said in a statement. "The newest additions to our ZX One Series
of PCs expand the choices available, making these highly stylized PCs more
accessible to a wider range of customers."
The Gateway One ZX4951 and ZX6951 are now available at prices running from
$899.99 to $999.99 based on configuration.
Michelle Maisto has been covering the enterprise mobility space for a decade, beginning with Knowledge Management, Field Force Automation and eCRM, and most recently as the editor-in-chief of Mobile Enterprise magazine. She earned an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University, and in her spare time obsesses about food. Her first book, The Gastronomy of Marriage, if forthcoming from Random House in September 2009.