Gateway have rolled out two new small-form-factor (SFF) desktop PC ranges, its SX Series and DX Series, offering a choice of AMD or Intel processors, HDMI connectivity and compact desk footprints. The first SX model is the Gateway SX2800-01, a Core 2 Quad Q8200 2.33GHz desktop with integrated GMA X4500 graphics, 4GB of DDR memory, 640GB hard-drive and a DVD burner.
If you have always wanted a computer that had the look and feel of a sports car while still being, well, a computer, you're in luck. The latest from Gateway comes in the form of the ID series and these notebooks feature the design of Pininfarina--Ferrari extraordinaire.
Unsurprisingly we've been Mobile World Congress obsessed this week, with myself and Vincent jetting off to vaguely-sunny Barcelona to see what's new in the world of mobile devices. Whether a sign of a tighter consumer purse or a slowing in development, there were fewer big-hit devices than perhaps we expected, but Palm still made a strong showing with their Pre, while HTC caused ripples with both the Touch Diamond2 and Touch Pro2 as well as the Android-based Magic.
Gateway's FX6800-01e was the first i7, Nehalem, Quad-Core processor PC we tested, and its performance boost over the previous Core 2 architecture was obvious. That was the company's lowest FX-series rig with Nehalem/Bloomfield; today we have the highest model in the FX-series, the FX-6800-05 desktop, to review. Gateway's ultimate gaming rig sports high end components built upon the Intel's i7-940 2.93Ghz, ATI Radeon 4870 X2 graphics, 6GB of DDR3 memory, and last but by no means least, an ultra-fast Intel X25-M 80GB SSD. All that will cost you around $3000 retail, so the big question is whether this Gateway is worth the asking price?
Acer will launch a 10-inch version of the Aspire One netbook in February or March 2009, according to Acer Taiwan president Scott Lin. While Lin kept quiet on specifications for the larger Aspire, it will presumably offer the same Intel Atom processor as the existing model, only in a larger package and with a bigger display.
If our review of Gateway's FX6800-01e Intel Core i7-powered desktop PC whetted your appetite, but you want more Nehalem goodness, you'll be pleased to hear that the company has unveiled a second FX6800-series PC. The FX6800-05 swaps the entry-level model's Core i7-920 processor for an i7-940 CPU, running at 2.93GHz. That's not the only change, either: out goes the graphics and three single gigabyte RAM chips, to be replaced by ATI Radeon HD4870 X2 video cards and 6GB of DDR3 1066MHz memory.
It's been all about the smartphones this week, with the long-awaited HTC Touch HD finally reaching our hands for one of the first full English-language reviews online. If our initial video demos last week whetted your appetite, head over to part one and part two of our full review to really gorge yourself. Meanwhile, to cheer up those in the US who are still smarting over HTC's decision not to offer the Touch HD there, we reviewed AT&T's newly released BlackBerry Bold.