A good all-in-one computer needs to offer a balanced user experience. Ideally, that includes above average video, crisp audio and above more than enough performance for everyday computing chores
Gateway’s ZX 4600-01 meets and exceeds the requirements for a good all-in-one desktop while establishing a new low price point.
Built around a 20-inch multi-touch technology (diagonal) screen, the newest member of the pioneering Gateway ZX line offers a great close-in user experience.
The system supplied tp me for this review was a standard Windows 7 Hone Professional configuration: AMD Athlon II dual core 2.35GHz CPU, 4GB of DDR memory, a roomy 640 GB hard disk drive and an ATI Radion 4270 graphics subsystem. This new Gateway all-in-one is now available Now at some national retailers for as little at $69500, a new low price point for a touch-enabled desktop. A multi speed DVD burner, webcam, and integrated networking are also standard on this system.
I like the multi-touch display on the newest Gateway ZX a lot. Although the graphics subsystem used on the ZX is a mainstay of mobile computing (it has a maximum resolution of 1600 by 900 pixels), the ATI 4270 has enough horsepower for nearly all everyday user experiences.
The audio subsystem on the ZX isn’t likely to be a factor in hearing loss, but it’s more than good enough to do justice to anyone’s music collection—including my two-plus gigs of “musica de los hermanos, Allman y Doobies.”
One of the things that sets Gateway’s all-in-one apart from others makers is its THX Trustudio audio subsystem and its use of the glass in front of the display panel to project sound. I like this unit’s audio subsystem a great deal because of its excellent tonal fidelity. But if you really want to damage you’re hearing, I suggest adding external speakers to this rig.
All-in-one desktops share design philosophy with portable computers: the user is right in front of the screen. As importantly, the out of the box experience needs to be exceptional. Gateway’s ZX 4600-01 offers a great out of the box experience, and I doubt anyone who buys this system will need to spend more than 10 minutes bringing it online. Its integrated wireless transceiver is sensitive enough to locate and remain attached to wireless network access points located in distant rooms and it’s six USB ports should be more than enough for anyone.
I like the fit and finish of this system and its clean overall design.
The ZX4600-01’s performance is substantially above average and its 640 GB hard disk is fast and has enough storage capacity to meet most users’ immediate and future needs. Judged overall, the newest Gateway All-in-one desktop is a solid performer packed full of features found more commonly on much more expensive machines. I recommend it—Jim Forbes 08/29/2010