Gateway unveils slimmer NE laptops, refreshed DX, SX and ZX desktops

Gateway may live in the shadow of its parent company Acer, but it's getting the spotlight today with refreshed versions of its entry-level PCs. New versions of its 15.6-inch and 17.3-inch NE Series laptops are slimmer than their ancestors, carry Kabini-based AMD A4 and A6 processors and offer up to 1TB of storage. Desktops remain largely the same on the outside, but there's a few welcome tweaks on the inside. Although the small SX Series isn't radically different, regular DX Series towers now have the option of a Haswell-era Intel Core i5 alongside recent AMD A-series chips; there's also a new entry-level version of the One ZX all-in-one that puts a 3GHz Pentium behind the 21.5-inch LCD. Gateway is now shipping the two NE portables at baseline prices of $380 (15.6-inch) and $450 (17.3-inch), while the DX, SX and One Z lines respectively start at $298, $398 and $530. A KX Series of desktop displays is shipping at the same time, starting at $99 for a 19.5-inch screen.

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Gateway NE series (2013)

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Gateway DX, SX and One ZX desktops (2013)

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GATEWAY DEBUTS NEW BACK TO SCHOOL LINE-UP

Editors' Summary:
* New Gateway PCs and displays provide excellent value/performance for budget-minded students and families in time for back-to-school.
* New NE notebooks available with large 15.6-inch or 17.1 inch displays, up to 1TB of storage, USB 3.0 and popular technology starting at $379.99
* New Gateway desktops include all-in-one, standard and compact form factors with up to Intel Core© i5™ or AMD A Series processors, as much as 1TB of storage and up to 10GB DDR3 dual channel memory depending on model with prices beginning at $298.
* Displays are available in an array of sizes from 19.5- to 27-inches and tilt from -5 to 25 degrees with prices starting at $99.

IRVINE, Calif., July 22, 2013 – Gateway today announces its back-to-school line of notebooks, desktops and displays delivering popular features, proven technologies and solid performance at an affordable price.

"To fulfill study and hobby requirements, Gateway's newest line-up offers both families and students a wide range of options featuring the latest technology," said Chris White, senior director of product marketing for Gateway. "Shoppers can choose from lightweight laptops for taking to class and study groups, powerful desktops with room for expansion as well as ergonomic displays for comfortable viewing at home. Our solutions are designed to provide quality technology at a price that won't break the bank."

Gateway NE Series Notebooks: Up to 1TB storage, Full-Sized Keyboards, Numeric Keypads

New Gateway NE notebooks meet a wide range of needs for families and students who want the latest technology for school papers, research and presentations. Powered by the latest processors from Intel and AMD and supported by up to 8GB of DDR3 dual-channel memory, students have the power to multi-task as they enjoy everyday activities, such as web browsing, enjoying apps in Windows 8 and working on school assignments.

The Gateway NE lines come in models with either a 15.6-inch (1366 x 768) or 17.3-inch (1600 x 900 resolution) Ultrabright LED-backlit display. HD video and graphics are vibrant with vivid and accurate colors and superior image quality. The displays also show graphics and text that are crisp and clear. Plus, the two built-in stereo speakers and HD audio support enhance the entertainment experience with rich sound. The HD webcam and built-in microphone are great for recording video and photos for school projects as well as video chatting with classmates. The widescreen designmakes room for a full-sized keyboard and a dedicated numeric keypad, a great extra for students in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) classes.

The Gateway NE Series boosts usability with the connectors and ports that link it to popular consumer electronics for sharing data, photos and video. Customers will enjoy speedy file transfers on the USB 3.0 port that are up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0. The additional two USB 2.0 ports reliably connect to printers and more. The HDMI port lets customers use a convenient, single cable connection to deliver high-quality visuals and audio to a home theater or external LCD. The Gateway NE notebook line features large-capacity hard drives up to 1TB of capacity for storing large amounts of data and files. Most models feature a super-multi DVD drive that is M-DISC READY™ for proven permanent archival quality data. With it, customers can back up important data, such as family photos and video, to M-DISC media that is designed to last up to 1,000 years.

The Gateway NE Series was redesigned to feature smooth lines and a new slimmer form factor that is perfect for taking to classes and study groups. The Gateway NE5 models with 15.6-inch display measure only 1.0-inch thin, while the Gateway NE7 with a 17.3-inch inch display measures just 1.36 inches thin, so it can be easily transported in a backpack or briefcase.

Manufacturer's suggested retail pricing for the Gateway NE Series notebook line starts at $379.99 for the 15.6-inch models and $449.99 for the 17.3-inch models. The new Gateway NE Series comes with Windows 8 and one year limited parts and labor warranty.

Gateway Desktops: Big on Storage, Connectivity and Affordability

Gateway's newest Windows 8-powered desktops meet the requirements of today's students and families and include the Gateway One ZX all-in-one desktop, Gateway DX Series of standard mini towers and the Gateway SX Series of small form factor desktops.

The Gateway One ZX all-in-one desktop integrates a PC and a stunning 21.5-inch Full HD Ultrabright™ LCD for convenience and space-savings. It also comes with an Intel® Pentium® Processor G2030 processor (3.0GHz, 3MB total cache) and 4GB DDR3 dual-channel memory, enough speed for completing school assignments as well as social networking, listening to music or casual gaming. It offers a giant 1TB hard drive and an optical drive as well as built-in 2.5W stereo speakers and high-def audio with 2.1-channel surround sound support.

The Gateway DX Series desktops deliver power and expansion for students and families who require strong performance for games, movies and video. These practical desktops pack ample muscle in their expandable chassis with up to a fourth generation Intel® Core™ i5 or AMD A Series processor with speeds of up to 3.7GHz, as much as 10GB DDR3 dual-channel memory and a 1TB hard drive. This series provides up to two speedy USB 3.0 ports and as many as 10 USB 2.0 ports depending on model.

The compact Gateway SX Series is a third of the size of standard desktops and less than 10.5-inches tall, making these desktops ideal for tight spaces such as dorm rooms, bedrooms and studio apartments. They may be compact but they still offer solid performance with up to a third-generation Intel® Core™ i3 or AMD A Series processor with speeds of up to 3.40GHz, as much as 8GB DDR3 dual-channel memory for efficient multitasking and up to a 1TB hard drive for archiving a wide library of class work, music and more. They also provide up to 8 USB 2.0 ports depending on model.

All Gateway desktop models provide an HDMI port for connecting to a TV or monitor via a single cable, an optical drive for backing up data and burning CDs or DVDs, and high-definition audio with 5.1 channel surround sound support. They also come with 10/100/1000 Ethernet LAN and a Gateway multimedia USB keyboard and mouse.

Manufacturer suggested retail prices begin at $529.99 for the Gateway One ZX Series, $398 for the Gateway DX Series and $298 for the Gateway SX Series. All series come with a one-year limited parts and labor warranty.

Gateway KX Series Displays: Sleek and High-Def

The Gateway KX Series of displays offers a sleek design for studies, fun and entertainment. They're outfitted with tilt capability from -5 to 25 degrees for getting the best angle on learning, playing, being productive and staying in touch. They're available with 19.5-, 21.5, 23-, 24- and 27-inch screens leveraging IPS, VA or TN panels depending on model.

Outfitted with excellent features for delivering vivid, realistic images, all models boast a 16:9 aspect ratio, which delivers a large picture and enhances the picture quality, making these displays ideal for enjoying movies and videos. Select models boast a fast 5ms response time, creating a flicker-free viewing experience, while a 1,0000,000:1 contrast ratio and a resolution as high as 1920 x 1080, depending on model provides significant image detail for exceptional viewing. Some monitors provide wide viewing angles of up to 178 degrees both left and right, up and down, a tremendous benefit when collaborating with others on class projects.

All displays come with a standard three-year parts and labor warranty. The KX Series monitors are available at leading retailers with prices starting as low as $99.

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Gateway unveils slimmer NE laptops, updates DX, SX and One ZX desktops