You're not the type to tinker and expand your PC--you want something you can plug in and start using, and you're more likely to replace it someday rather than upgrade it. If this description fits you, the Gateway Essential 933 is your kind of computer. Out of the box, the Essential 933 includes a reasonable set of basic capabilities for its price tag. Along with a 933MHz Pentium III and 64MB of RAM, you get a 17-inch monitor, a DVD-ROM drive, and a nice set of speakers. In addition, this PC is very novice friendly. With a detailed instruction sheet, even newbies will have it up and running in minutes. Connections are color coded, and Gateway doesn't skimp on details like a phone cord and microphone. The manual is a generic book that covers all of Gateway's PCs, but it's thorough, well organized, and very accessible. If you're looking for a computer for typical word processing, Web browsing, small-business accounting, and other basic applications, the Essential 933 will do the job, although rather slowly. Though the system sports a 933MHz Pentium III CPU, the processor better serves to provide a nice big number for Gateway's marketing department than as a real indicator of performance. In fact, a number of PCs running at a mere 800MHz bested the Essential 933 in our performance tests. (And we tested with 128MB RAM for benchmark consistency--this configuration is only available with 64MB. With less memory, expect performance to degrade even further.) The lackluster performance is a result of a combination of factors. The Essential has no dedicated video card, instead using the video capabilities built into its Intel chipset. This provides enough power for typical productivity applications, but gamers and other power users will definitely be disappointed. Also, this model uses slower 100MHz memory; the pricier 933plus model uses faster PC133 RAM. Finally, the small Quantum Fireball hard drive is rather pokey.
As a DVD player, it performs admirably, although you'll have to drop the screen resolution to 800 by 600 or the DVD player shows only a black screen. The monitor has a 15.9-inch viewable area and looks good at 1,024-by-768 resolution; a low refresh rate at its top resolution of 1,280 by 1,024 makes viewing uncomfortable. The bundled Boston Acoustics BA265 speakers are better than you'd expect, providing surprisingly rich audio. The compact case can be configured for either tower or desktop use. In tower mode, the CD-ROM (or, in our case, the optional DVD-ROM) drive is vertical, which forces you to set retaining clips every time you swap discs. The tool-free case is extremely easy to open. Inside, you'll find one available memory slot and two open PCI slots; all three drive bays are already filled. The PCI slots have very little room around them, and we couldn't even squeeze a half-sized SCSI card in the cramped case--the back of the case obstructed the card's bracket. There are five USB ports, two of which are used by the keyboard and mouse. Ports are otherwise limited to parallel and SVGA, with a serial port conspicuously absent. Among the useful titles included in the software bundle are Microsoft Works Suite 2001 (which includes Word and Money), Quicken, and Norton Antivirus. The warranty only lasts a year. Of course, if you're looking for expansion potential, Gateway has plenty of traditional full-sized models. But if you're looking for a basic system for productivity and family use, and price is more of a factor than performance, the Gateway Essential 933 fits the bill.
When I thought that the Pentium III from Intel at 1GhZ was the best you could get, boy was I wrong. I decided to purchase a new computer for my mother's work, and she needed the best there was. So after having a good experience with my Gateway G6-350 and Astro, I decided to purchase one of these new systems from Gateway. After using it numerous times, here's what I found with it: Price: The price for this system was £2500. It actually is a great price! It came with a monsterous 60 gigabyte hard drive, DVD player (high-end), 2 frontal USBs, VX900 monitor, and much more! Plus, you also get the great service and customer support from Gateway country! I found the price to be just incredible! The Gateway Performance 1500xl is well worth it. Gateway has great prices and warranties for their PCs. Customer Support: Gateway country has very friendly service. I find their customer support to be the best there is. Everyone that I talked to helped me out with any of my problems, and they went out of their ways just to help me out. Gateway simply has the best customer support there is. Installation: Installation is very easy. There is a very detailed instruction manual on installing the Gateway Performance 1500xl. A great feature that I noticed about it is that there are 2 frontal USB ports. That makes hooking up scanners or printers very easy. Installing the computer for me was quite simple, but if you have trouble installing computers, then you should call a proffesional to install it for you. Durability: The Gateway Performance 1500xl is built tough. It will not break for a long time. I have never had a bad problem with a Gateway DESKTOP computer. They are built very strong, you can hit em', and nothing will happen =) It will proudly last you for many years to come. Software: The Gateway Performance 1500xl came with a lot of software that was perfect. It 1st came pre-installed with Windows Millenium
Edition. Then it also included Microsoft Small Buisiness 2000, which is an exceelent program that in stores is also quite pricy. Then there was Kodak Picture It, Intuit Quicken 2000, and other programs that were similar to those. Processor and Speed: The Gateway Performance 1500xl came with a Pentium 4 processor which is brand new! I just heard of it after I saw it online. The speed was just incredible! I haven't seen anything as fast as the Gateway Performance 1500xl in my life! A clock speed of 1.5GhZ which is an equivelent to 1500MhZ, that's just purely incredible. This is the fastest computer on the market that I have currently seen. Ease of Use: The Gateway Performance 1500xl uses Windows ME (Millenium Edition). It is very simple to use. The 2 frontal USB ports make using external devices easy. Installation along with the customer support make it even easier to get started. This is a win win situation, you can't go wrong here. The Gateway Performance 1500xl is as easy to use as any PC on the market. Sound: I got a Boston Acoustics BA635 system with my Gateway Performance 1500xl. I personally love those speakers! They are very low priced, and you get superior sound from them. The Gateway Performance 1500xl is a pure music machine, I downloaded Winamp for it, and the sound that I get is incredible! Video: I purchased a Gateway VX900 monitor for it. The video effects are great! The colors are very bright, and the pixels are well mixed. The video effects on the Gateway Performance 1500xl are great! The movies load very fast, and they run very smoothly. I was amazed with the video effects with this computer. Hard Drive Space: The Gateway Performance 1500xl comes with a monsterous 60GB hard drive! That's huge! The hard drive on my Gateway G6-350 is only 9.7GB. You can fit very many things on this computer, from MP3s to .PDF files! You can fit it all! The Gateway Performance 1500xl has so
much hard drive space in it, it feels like it will never run out! Memory and Ram: 128MB of RAM is very good. That will keep your system running very fast and all. The Gateway Performance 1500xl wont be lagging for a very long time, it will keep chugging at very high speeds for a very long time. The Gateway Performance 1500xl is loaded with huge amounts of internal power. It's like putting a 400HP diesel onto a VW Beetle, that's truly how powerful this PC is. The Verdict: The Gateway Performance 1500xl is probably the best PC ever built! I'm glad to own one, not very many people actually know that the Pentium 4 exists. The Gateway Performance 1500xl is loaded with massive amounts of power, it will last for a very long time. This computer will put you into the fast lane, and its quality is incredible. Gateway is a very trusted company, that's customer support is probably the best that I have ever seen. It comes loaded with quality software, and loaded with a huge hard drive. The DVD-ROM is also a great feature, you'll be able to watch DVDs on this computer. I have done so, and the DVD quality was great becuase of the Gateway Performance 1500xl's video performance. £2500 is a great price for such a computer, if you need a computer from heaven, then this baby is for you.
I bought my Performance 600 system 14 months ago after considerable research into prices/quality from published sources. The sales team ( Irish ) were charming and helpful, but not easy to get hold of to discuss optional upgrades to basic systems. However, we finally settled for the required specs and waited 2 weeks for delivery as promised. The system ws easy to connect with good basic instructions and worked without hitch immediately. Within a couple of months, we started getting problems with Windows error message ' this application has performed an illegal operation and will be shut down ' with a load of hex addresses shown, which were meaningless to us. Gateways tech help attempted to help, but with little success, and suggested a 'Snapshot' restore. We did this without any improvement, and have lived with this problem since. We don't know if it's a Windows 98 S.E. problem or not. 13 months after purchase, the monitor lost picture after some kind of 'crackling' noise from inside the case and refused to work thereafter. Despite only being a month over warranty, Gateway refused to even contemplate any 'Goodwill gesture' towards replacement, and referred me to a repairer they recommended in Essex who told me the repair cost would be almost as much as a replacement ( £150 )...I declined !! I would endorse the opinion elsewhere in this forum, that the monitors are poor grade for the price charged.
Is this a good quality PC or is it just too expensive to what it actually offers? Well let me tell you. I have a Gateway 2000 P5-120. It's only 120MHz and only 16mb of Ram with a 1.5GB hard drive. My father bought it 6 years ago for the whole family to use and at that time this was a high spec pc. But if you compare that to todays PC's then it's just plain trash. Well todays PC crash too many times and freeze up too many times. Take TIME for instance. My friend has had to change his TIME computer 3 times now because it keeps on breaking down. It's either the motherboard breaking or the power supply. It's a new story everytime that repeats itself on different victims. But take Gateway for example. Our PC cost £1600 with 3 years warranty. And up to now it hasn't broken down once. It may be a bit slow but that's not the point. A PC has to be reliable and out of all the PC's i've used, i have found Gateway to be most reliable. You may see ads on TV with low price PC's and a free digital camera with a free printer and scanner running on a fast pentium 3 with 20gb hard drive all for a low price of £699.99 and you may think "wow that's cheap" and your most probably going to buy that PC or a similar CHEAP PC. Well think about it. Why is it cheap? Ask the sales person. Ask him "why a Gateway PC running at 900MHz with 10GB hard drive and 64MB ram is more expensive than a TINy, TIME etc. computer that offers 1.5GHz with a 40GB hard drive and 128MB ram with a printer, scanner and digital camera?" He'll most probably say "don't know" or might say that Gatewat are ripping you off only because of the commission he will get by selling that PC to you. He would never say "It's because Gateway have a high reputation in offering great quality PC's with a high quality customer support". If your going to get a PC and your on a budget then do yourself a fa
vour and save money to buy a more expensive PC that offers maybe lower quality performance but a high quality service. Once my computer was infected by 7 viruses which I had under control until something went wrong, and I was only testing a software I made on them. My Desktop disappeared. The start button and evrything else disappeared and everytime I entered my password to log on, an error message came up (after logging on) saying that I have to reinstall Windows. Well with important documents and over 500 telephone numbers stored their was no chance of me doing that before they were saved. I managed to back up all by myself by getting pressing the windows button on my keyboard instead of logging on to access all my files and use my computer in a weird twisted way. Anyway after backing up i had no clue on formatting the computer and installing drivers and a hell of a lot of other things. Anyway for 5 straight long hours i was on the phone with Gateway technical support in america but it was a free phone number so i wasn't bothered. They talked be through everything. And when I had to wait for something long to load etc. we basically had a normal conversation about computers. They were very friendly, funny and most importantly helful. My computer is now running better than before. That's what you call technical support. Anyway to end this opinion, what I'm trying to say is that don't be fooled by companies trying tricking you into buying cheap computers that can't tell the difference from RAM and ROM...use your commen sense and buy a descent computer from one of the bigger and more powerful companies like Gateway that focus on the customer and not money. Gateway website: www.gw2k.co.uk (You can build your own PC their as well). Hope this has been useful
Having not bought a PC for 3 years, I decided it was time to move on to bigger and faster things. We really didn't research any of the other computer company's out there, just went ahead and bought a gateway. We really never heard anything bad about them. We are very pleased with our new computer and the speed compared to my old 200 Mhz, 2.6 Gb is beyond compare! I am also very pleased with the Boston Accoustic speakers. They sound really good. It has a superb graphics card, well capable for any of my kids games, so they are happy as well. The space is more than adequate, and I doubt we will ever fill the hard drive. That was the main problem with my old computer, where I was constantly deleting stuff to save space. Overall, the 600 MHz by Gateway is a superb computer, and has helped to improve my view of Gateway, particularly by their superb customer help when purchasing and then when I ran into a few problems later on. Overall, Gateway is superb so buy your computers from them!!!
I would like to introduce a new member to my growing computer family. This is the Gateway Performance-933. I already own a Gateway GP- 350mhz Intel Pentium 2, and a custom built AMD K-6 350mhz. Both computers are comparable in speed and stability. I decided to add this computer because my small home office is growing, and my computer needs are increasing. Why did I go with Gateway? I went with Gateway because of the past performance of my old computer. It has been almost rock solid, and when I did have a problem Gateway Tech Support was very helpful, courteous, and knowledgeable. I have learned a lot from them. I placed my order with Gateway, and received my new computer within 4 days. Gateway has really surprised me with this computer. It is everything the salesman said and more. I have had this computer now for about 1 month. It is fast, stable, and reliable. Set-up was easy, and on startup everything went smoothly. I did however have to turn the floppy drive on. All the basic software was pre-installed. They even included a poster of the computer with simple to understand color-coded instructions. So what does it come with? The Gateway performance-933 comes with: Windows ME (Millennium edition) This is Microsoft?s new home operating system. There are some new features with this OS. They include Auto Update, Enhanced Digital Media Features, Digital video with Movie Maker, Digital music with Windows Media Player 7.0, Internet Explorer 5.5, Home Networking Wizard, Internet Connection Sharing, System Restore, System File Protection. This system runs smoothly, with no lock ups. On boot up you are into Win ME in about 5 to 10 seconds. Windows ME still looks like Win 98, about the only real visible difference is the boot up Window, and the Start programs button instead of getting a list of all the programs, it has a list of the most recently accessed programs. There are some disadvantages. First it is not desig
ned to run Business Applications, and Microsoft is apparently trying to do away with DOS. I did however find the MS DOS Comand prompt hidden in the accessories folder. I am still debating whether to continue running this operating system or install the Win 98 SE OS. Gateway 5 Bay mid tower case, 3 of the bays are full size 5.25?, and the other two are 3.5?, and it has 3 internal 3.5? bays. It has a power button with no reset. 200 watt power supply with a switchable 120VAC and 240VAC operation, and a fan. The dimensions of the case are 18.82"H x 7.32"W x 17.24?D. Two PS2, One Serial, One VGA, One Parallel, and Two USB ports 5 PCI and 1 AGP Expansion Slots Modem 56k V.90, Win/Fax Modem This modem functions fairly well, with the system. I have yet to have a dropped connection, and seem to communicate well with the servers. I have not had any modem driver problems so far. Hard Drive 40GB 7200RPM Ultra ATA100 hard drive (actually 38GB are available. It came with 2 GB already used.) Integrated Ultra ATA Controller Intel Pentium III Processor 933MHz with Advanced Transfer Cache This is a real nice speedy processor. I am not sure what the Advanced Transfer Cache means, and I have not been able to find what size cache it has in the system information. But it must have at least 512K if not 1 cache. The processor is an Intel 815e with ICH2. Memory 256MB 133MHz SDRAM (2-128 modules) This is a $200.00 upgrade The base system in this category comes with 128MB SDRAM and is upgradeable to 512MB. Network Card 3COM 10/100 Ethernet 3COM PCI 10/100 Twisted Pair Ethernet Card features a single slot 32-bit half card measuring 3.375? height x 4.75? length. This card has 10 or 100 Mbps network operation with auto selection, three status LEDs, remote wake up and PCI interface with automatic configuration. Supports the Desktop Management Interface (DMI). The card also supports Novell, Win
95-98 and windows for work groups. Mitsubishi Diamondtron Color VX920 19" (18" viewable) Monitor This was a £150 upgrade The quality of the images displayed on this monitor is crisp and clear. This is a real nice step up from the Gateway EV 17? monitor. The colors are much nicer, and higher detailed. This monitor is capable of 640 x 480 resolutions, unlimited colors, and refresh rates of 50 to 140Hz. Sound Blaster Live! With Digital Audio Output sound system. Speakers Boston Acoustics BA735 Digital Speakers w/Subwoofer This is a nice sound combination. The speakers have a tremendous sound compared to their size. Application Software, Microsoft Works Suite 2000 with Microsoft Word and Encarta, A Cd-rom of Win ME. Gateway system restoration disk, which contains back up of Nortons Anitvirus, phone software, modem, video, sound, mouse and keyboard drivers, etc. Video 32MB ATI RADEON AGP Graphics with TV-Out and DVI, This is a really nice video setup, my sons games don?t lock up, also windows and graphic display quickly. Multi-function Keyboard, This Keyboard is basically Gateways standard keyboard, the keys have a nice feel, the added features to the keyboard are the Cd player controls, volume, mute, and messages, phone, TV and Radio, and sleep buttons. The only thing I have noticed different from my other Gateway keyboard is a Help button. Microsoft Intellimouse and Gateway Mouse Pad, This mouse is exactly the same as the mouse they send me with my other Gateway. It has the right and left buttons, and scroll wheel. Each of these can be easily configured through the software. Norton Anti-Virus Software I have to say I am glad that gateway is now using Norton?s antivirus software. I did not like the McAffee antivirus that came on the other Gateway, I found it next to impossible to update the .DAT files. Norton?s is much easier and the server seems to be more stable.
3.5" 1.44MB diskette drive floppy drive This is a drive I use very rarely but on the occasions I have, it performs like any other floppy drive I have ever had any experience with. What can I say it is a floppy drive. DVD 16X/40X DVD-ROM Drive This was a screw up at Gateway. I had ordered a 20X/48X CD-ROM. I called Customer support and they were very puzzled at first but they are sending out the CD-ROM I had originally ordered and will have a tech come and install it for me. I can tell you though the DVD drive does play DVD movies very nicely, the software is very user friendly, and it is a fairly fast drive. I do plan to add a new Plextor Plexwriter 12/10/32 CD-RW in the near future. IOMEGA 250MB Internal zip drive and 1 zip disk This is a £50 upgrade. I have an internal Iomega 100 MB zip drive in the other gateway, and I have always been very happy with it. The 250MB-zip drive is really nice. The added disk space is welcome, since I fill up the 100MB disks rather quickly. This computer comes with a 3 Year Limited Warranty and 1 Year On-Site Service. Limited Hardware & Software Tech Support as long as you own your system. In Conclusion This computer has just about every feature anyone would ever want in a home computer. The speed really amazes me compared to the 350mhz pent11, which it runs circles around. The 32MB graphics hold up well to all of my sons memory hungry games. I never have to sit and wait for anything to open. High resolution scans seem to be processed quickly. The 19? inch monitor is absolutely wonderful, I now have plenty of space to do my graphics work. The OS is rock solid so far. Knock on wood, I have yet to have an illegal operation, but of course I haven?t put some of my other software on this system yet, such as Corel, Photoshop, since I am unsure of how compatible they will be. I have also yet to network the computers together since I am not sure WIN ME and WIN 98 are going to work
together. I am really pleased with this computer. The £1500 purchase price is reasonable when you think about all that you get in this great package. Now please call the 999 this baby is on fire because its so fast!
I bought a Gateway Performance 500 about a year ago, when a 500MHz processor was pretty impressive. Of course, clock speeds have gone up by a factor of 2 since then (as they always do). However, my computer is still perfectly up to the job. I had always been impressed by the range of options offered by Gateway, and since they have a good reputation, I decided in advance to go for a Gateway. I was able to choose the system I wanted through their website, tailoring it to fit my needs. As an added bonus, ordering it through their website saved me around £35 on delivery charges. One year on, the PC is still going strong, I haven't had any major problems with it at all. Performance is still perfectly adequate for what I need, and as I chose a 20GB hard drive (before they became commonplace), I still have masses of storage space to play about with. One thing to consider when you're buying a new PC is the sound setup. Most people will simply opt for the standard speakers, but it's worth spending a little more to get a really top-class setup. I spent about an extra £30 to upgrade to a Boston Acoustics speaker set, with 2 satellite speakers and a subwoofer. This is extremely impressive, and makes listening to CDs, MP3s and DVDs a pleasurable experience, instead of the tinny speakers commonly used for most PCs. Never having needed to call on Gateway's customer services, I cannot comment on how good they are in that respect. However, I can say I would certainly go for another Gateway computer, maybe in a couple of years time when clock speeds are hitting the 4GHz mark...
The gateway machines that I've had experience of in the past have been none too shabby at all. The only real problem I've had is that the quality/price ratio leaves a little to be desired. What I've found is that you end up with cheap onboard components or out-of-date chipsets driving poor quality peripherals. Cheap monitors and dodgy printers. There's nothig wrong with all of this at all. Some people can only afford the cheaper stuff which is just dandy. But when you're paying premium prices for it it's a different matter. It'd also be acceptible IF you were getting great support free of charge. But to say the support is good would be like saying the whipped cream has enough body to prop up a car. Nonsence basically. Final comment? Not worth the money you pay for them!
Just bought the Gateway 850, all in all a good machine. Delivery was OK although they will only deliver to the address on the credit card you are paying with, good for security bad for convenience in some cases. The screen is great with easy to operate controls, keyboard and mouse good quality. The pre-installed software is configured well, but it would have been better for me to have office pro installed rather than buying it later as PowerPoint and Microsoft Access is not included. The tower version is massive. Good for expansion but it does take up lots of space under the desk. I bought the CD-R as an option and (got it added at an incremental £40 not £150 ish they wanted to charge) I stepped up from a 233 running win 95 to windows and office 2000. The computer does feel a little crisper and the increased performance in terms of graphics is considerable. In terms of the everyday tasks like e-mail, excel and word not really much difference. The thing that does disappoint me with such a powerful processor is the hardisk seek time, which slows the machine up considerably. I was using a pretty fast SCSI on my old machine and I think I will be moving this drive over to my new PC.