Gateway DX4870 Review

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Gateway's DX4870 offers the best combination of features among all the desktop PCs we found for less than $500. It sports 6GB of memory and a 1TB hard drive, runs on the speedy Intel Core i3 CPU, and offers Bluetooth. Experts and users laud its performance.

The combination of performance, features, and price place this model at the top of the budget desktop PC class, according to Gateway DX4870 reviews. PC Mag chose this model to be an Editor's Choice recipient. The expert review says the Gateway DX4870 really delivers at a value price, and in particular notes the 6GB of RAM (more than the 4GB often found in cheap desktops), wireless support, and HDMI port. Testing of a slightly different configuration by PC World also resulted in solid performance numbers, and this Gateway DX4870 review recommends it for the types of jobs initiated by students and small businesses. Consumers give the Gateway DX4870 (starting at $430, Amazon) a thumbs-up in reviews at Best Buy, where they talk up its speed, price, and copious storage. They also say it's user-friendly -- easy to set up and boot up -- and reliable. Many are less enthusiastic about the Windows 8 operating system, an assessment that we found pervasive in the entry-level PC category.

The base configuration of the DX4870 includes an Intel Core i3 CPU, which is slightly more powerful than the Intel Celeron or Pentium CPUs often included in cheap PCs. The 6GB of RAM is also more generous than the amount of memory included in most low-priced systems, and there's enough space to add even more. This model also includes a 1TB hard drive, 6-in-1 memory card reader, and a DVD/RW drive. It boasts built-in 802.11n wireless networking, supports Bluetooth, and also features a 10/100/1000 Ethernet connection. There is an HDMI port on this PC, as well as two speedy USB 3.0 ports and six USB 2.0 ports.

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Gateway's DX4870 is the best value we found in the budget desktop PC category. It's faster and more powerful than the competition and sports nice extras, such as wireless support and two USB 3.0 ports. Although this system is plenty speedy for everyday tasks and light casual gaming, it's not built for more intense games; the integrated graphics technology just isn't powerful enough for the demands of 3D gaming. Aside from that, this computer can handle anything you throw at it.

Michael Sweet

Michael Sweet writes about consumer electronics. If something runs on electricity or ones and zeroes, he's interested in it. Sweet has written about PC technology and consumer electronics for 14 years.

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