updated 10:05 am EDT, Thu March 29, 2007
Gateway today unveiled the E-2610, a new small form factor PC tailored to schools and others where space can be as important as performance. The PC is based on a BTX design that cools the insides more efficiently than the more common ATX does, Gateway claims, and ships in shapes ranging from a mini-tower with six expansion bays to a three-bay SFF case for small desks. Size doesn't affect performance options, as the new models can choose from Core 2 Duo processors. There are also concessions made for the systems' pro audience: the gigabit Ethernet port can remotely warn a console of problems with the system without depending on Windows.
Stock models are shipping today from Gateway at a $599 price; the company hasn't mentioned minimum specifications but adds that every new system ships with Windows Vista.