Gateway One To Enter The iMac-Rival Ring

One PC to rule them all?

As you may have noticed, we rather like Apple’s iMac and Sony’s likewise-styled LT range looks set to impress us just as much. In fact, it seems the all-in-one monitor/pc hybrid design is gaining a fair bit of appeal recently, as Gateway is also entering the fray with its example, called simply the One.

When not busy saving Zion the One will pack a 19in screen of as-yet unspecified resolution, slot-loading DVD burner (all DVD drives should be slot loading if you ask me), user accessible memory and hard drive bays, a 5 in one card reader and, cunningly, Gateway has turned the power brick into a hub for several inputs, such as Gigabit Ethernet, four USB ports and audio jacks.

Meanwhile the the chassis itself will pack a further three USB and a solitary Firewire port, while internally both bluetooth and WiFi boxes are checked. Unlike the Sony LT, however, there is no onboard TV tuner – Gateway recommend a USB one. Three models are available, with one being an online only option. The base spec will net you a 1.5GHz Core 2 Duo, 2GB RAM and Intel X3100 (onboard) graphics and a 320GB hard drive. The middle of the road, online, model ups the hard drive space to 400GB and gives you an AMD HD 2600 dedicated graphics chip.

The top-end system packs a 500GB hard drive, 3GB RAM and a 2GHz processor for a small premium. Speaking of which, pricing is in dollars currently, specifically $1,300 for the lowest spec system, $1,500 for the mid and $1,800 for the high end. Hopefully a UK conversion would mean that those prices end up sitting closer to those of the iMac than the Sony LT, though of course we won’t know until we see it.

Gateway One page.

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