Brand closure part of three-year streamlining effort
Taiwan computer manufacturer Acer is discontinuing its eMachines brand. The move, which will see the brand's operations come to a close, forms part of the company's overall move away from budget base models and towards ultrabooks and similar form factors, something CEO JT Wang started in late 2011.
Acer to bring Ivy Bridge CPUs to desktops soon
PC maker Acer and sub-brand Gateway have revealed a couple of new PCs, the Predator AG3620 and the DX4860-UR14P, respectively. Both lines will offer Intel's latest Ivy Bridge processors. Acer will get the new chips first, however, starting with the 3.4GHz Core i7-3770.
Gateway's A60 Android tablet a rebranded A500
Gateway has taken the Acer Iconia Tab A500 and rebranded it as its own, calling it the A60 in the process. Specs remain largely the same, with a dual-core 1GHz Tegra 2 for a processor, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of integrated storage. The Android 3.1 tablet is still framed around a 10.1-inch, 1280x800 screen.
Consumer Reports has Apple top new notebook charts
Consumer Reports' refreshed notebook rankings [sub. required] gave Apple the top spot in virtually all notebook rankings. As of late May, the updated MacBook Pros led the 15-inch category with 76 to 78 points versus Dell's XPS 15 at 73 points, while the 17-inch models just edged ahead of the HP dv7 (79 points) with 80 and 81 points. All of the 13-inch models placed second at 70 to 72 points, but they were only topped by Apple's own 13-inch MacBook Air, which leapt ahead at 76 points.
Intel jumps gun with Sandy Bridge in Malaysia
Intel's launch for Sandy Bridge Core processors has been preempted this week with discoveries that at least one Malaysian retailer, Compuzone, was selling the desktop chips early. Four Core i5 chips, ranging from the 2.8GHz 2300 model to the 3.3GHz 2500, are on sale alongside the 3.4GHz Core i7 2600 variants. ASUS' matching P8P67 mainboards and equivalent Gigabyte boards were on sale at the same time, Lowyat found.
We review the 11-inch MacBook Air
When questioned about netbooks, Apple's chief operating officer Tim Cook said the company had "a couple of interesting ideas" about tackling a segment that has focused on bargains over speed. We've now seen what was meant by the plurality in that statement: after the iPad, we now have the 11-inch MacBook Air, the smallest Mac ever. But is this Air providing a better direction, or is it simply the closest Apple will ever get to a netbook or a CULV notebook? Our MacBook Air review finds out.
IDC: Apple outsold Acer in summer 2010
Apple achieved a rare feat and outsold Acer in the US this summer, new IDC estimates showed today. The company is estimated to have shipped almost exactly 2 million Macs just to the US in the quarter, beating out the combined Acer and Gateway's 1.95 million. Apple grew more than twice as quickly as any other US vendor, reaching 10.6 percent of the market after it shipped about 24.1 percent more Macs over the same time last year.
Gateway FHD and FHX displays get 2010 redesign
Gateway this morning reworked its FHD and FHX displays to get a significant makeover, including one big break from traditional design. The FHD2303L has a rare asymmetric neck and a very thin base that creates the appearance that the display is floating in mid-air. It and the others are based on TN panels but run at a native 1080p and are LED backlit with a very high 12,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio and 250cd/m2 brightness.
Gateway outs NV notebook with integrated WiMAX
Gateway has added a WiMAX-capable version of the NV59C series today through the NV59C66u. The 15.6-inch notebook uses Intel's 6250 Wi-Fi/WiMAX combo to get 4G access and can be had with an Intel Core i3, Core i5 or AMD Athlon or Turion processors, along with 4GB of RAM that can be upgraded to 8GB. Hard drive space ranges from between 320GB and 500GB.
Gateway ZX One gets 2010 remake with Blu-ray
Gateway on Wednesday released a genuinely new redesign of the ZX One all-in-one desktop to make it better-suited as a media center. The 21.5-inch ZX4951 and 23-inch ZX6951 both have a new, curved design that it hopes is friendlier in the home. A more practical upgrade gives both of them Blu-ray drives and turns them into home theater PCs for those with little free space.
Intel artificially disabling CPU features in trial
Intel has quietly begun a trial program, Intel Upgrade Service, that charges customers to unlock the full performance of a chip. Certain PCs, such as Gateway's SX2841-09e, are running an artificially limited Pentium G6951 processor and asked to buy a $50 Processor Performance Upgrade Card to get the built-in feature set. Installing a Windows app switches on Hyperthreading, giving the system support for up to four program threads, and reenables another 1MB of Level 3 cache.
Gateway NS pro notebooks coming to Europe soon
Gateway has brought its latest NS-series notebooks to Europe, including the 11.6-inch NS10, 13.3-inch NS30, 14-inch NS41 and 15.6-inch NS51. Each except for the NS10 is equipped with NVIDIA's GeForce 310M graphics, with the smallest notebook getting integrated Intel HD graphics. The NS10 will offer Intel Core i3 or Core i5 CPUs while the others also get the option of the i7.
Gateway LT32 promises fast, 1080p netbook video
Gateway hoped to blur the lines between netbooks and notebooks on Wednesday by launching the LT32. It has an 11.6-inch, 1366x768 display that provides more usable space, but unlike most Intel-based alternatives, has the graphics to handle the extra resolution. The system runs on a 1.7GHz Athlon II Neo with a Radeon HD 4225 graphics chipset that can smoothly render Aero Glass effects in Windows 7 Home Premium and 1080p video at its native resolution over HDMI.
Acer to badge future ultra-thins as Gateways
Once Acer sells off its current 13- to 15-inch ultra-thin notebook inventory, it will sell new ones under its mainstream Gateway brand, according to a new rumor. The only exception will be the 11.6-inch Aspire Timeline and TimelineX series, both of which will remain under the Acer brand, said sources speaking to Digitimes. The first such model will be a 13.3-inch ultra-thin notebook, with a 14-inch expected to follow later.
Gateway ID brings aluminum, Optimus
Gateway today signaled the rare start to a new notebook line that also takes it further upscale. The ID series is thinner and lighter than Gateway's usual with an aluminum lid both keeping the systems one inch thick and the weight down to as little as 5.1 pounds. NVIDIA's Optimus graphics technology also makes a debut as some models can switch between Intel graphics and a GeForce GT 330M on the fly to focus on either battery life or speed.
Gateway shows notebooks with light-up touchpads
Gateway at Computex is showing off 13.3-inch EC339C and 14-inch ID49C08u notebooks that are unique in offering glowing touchpads. The pads light up only when touched, and are an integrated button, Engadget reported. There is otherwise a chiclet-style keyboard complete with a dedicated social networking shortcut key; pressing the key launches an app that can house Facebook, YouTube and FlickR feeds to a timeline.
Gateway ZX series gets faster AMD and Intel chips
Gateway in a low-key update this afternoon sped up its ZX series touchscreen all-in-ones at both the low and high ends. Leading the group is the 23-inch ZX6900, which now has at least a 2.93GHz Core i3 dual-core processor and an optional version with a 3.2GHz Core i5. The desktop comes saddled with Intel's integrated graphics but does tout 4GB of RAM, 640GB of hard drive space and a 4X Blu-ray combo drive.
Gateway revamps NV series for 2010
Gateway today overhauled its NV series with both cosmetic and speed upgrades. The notebook backs away Gateway's usual glossy design in favor of a matte, textured shell. Performance comes through the addition of Core i3 and i5 processors as well as versions with dedicated Mobility Radeon video, although GMA graphics (on Intel versions) as well as AMD's mobile Athlon and Turion chips will be available for frugal users.
Gateway adds Core i3, i5 NV-series notebooks
Acer sub-brand Gateway introduced two new NV-series notebooks in Japan with the NV59C-H34E and NV59C-H54E. The two share the same 15.6-inch display with a 1366x768 resolution, 4GB of RAM and a 640GB hard drive preloaded with Windows 7 Home Premium. The difference comes in the former's 2.13GHz Core i3 and the latter's Turbo Boost-aware 2.26GHz Core i5.
Toshiba jumps ahead of Apple in Q1 2010 results
Apple has slid back substantially in US market share in the first three months of 2010, IDC said in a study. An early estimate says Apple's share shrunk from 7.4 percent this fall to 6.4 percent in the winter with about 1.13 million. The number was also a drop from 7 percent a year ago.
Apple beats Dell, Lenovo by 36 percent or more
Consumer Reports today gave Apple a major lead in its rankings for both desktop and notebook technical support [subscription required]. Among more than 7,000 readers, Apple's help scored 87 and 86 points in each category and was much higher-rated than any other computer manufacturer. Lenovo came closest in notebooks with just 63 points, while Dell fell far behind in desktops with a 55-point score.
Gateway FX, DX and SX get overhauls
Gateway on Wednesday has refreshed its desktops to use Intel's current wave of desktop chips. Most of its attention is centered on a new FX6831 series gaming tower: the new model has a new minimal, more upscale case that provides a handy top peripheral tray with USB and card slots. Modernization is just as significant underneath as the new model always comes with a 2.8GHz Core i7, a Radeon HD 5850 for graphics and 1.5TB of disk space.
Gateway EC14D and EC58 arrive for CES
Gateway's presence at CES is being marked by the launch of two new EC notebooks running Intel's CULV (Consumer Ultra Low Voltage) platform. The EC14D is Gateway's first CULV system to include its own DVD burner. While slightly thicker at one end as well as heavier (3.55lbs. versus 3.08), the drive is seen as an ideal option for college students or travelers that may either need or want to watch DVD movies or burn a disc of their own.
New Gateway LT21 upgrades CPU
Gateway on Wednesday added new models to its LT series of notebooks with a few new Pine Trail-powered models under the LT21 series. All sport a 1.66GHz Intel Atom processor and a six-cell, 5,600mAh battery that is said to be good for up to 10 hours of use. Models powered by the standard six-cell, 4400mAh battery are said to be good for up to eight hours of operation.
Verizon offers $30 netbook, $10 smartphones
As part of its Thanksgiving and Black Friday celebrations, wireless provider Verizon will offer the Gateway LT netbook for just $30 with a two-year data contract from Verizon. It represents a $70 in savings as the netbook is currently priced at $100. The netbook has a Wi-Fi connection and an embedded 3G module, along with a 10.1-inch screen, a 160 GB hard drive and 1GB of RAM.
Reliability study has Apple 4th place
A new study published by SquareTrade revealed that the smaller name brand notebook manufacturers are usually more reliable than their larger rivals. Of the top nine, ASUS has the lowest tracked breakdown rate with fewer than 10 percent of its notebooks failing in the past two years. Toshiba, Sony and Apple also have better-than-average performance and are either just over or under the same figure.
Subsidized Sony VAIO P at Verizon
Wireless provider Verizon will soon add the Sony VAIO P netbook to its subsidized lineup, according to a Monday Phone Arena leak. Thus far, Verizon offers the Gateway LT2016U, HP Mini 311 and Mini 110 netbooks, but the VAIO P would be the smallest and lightest of the four. The system should be the standard 8-inch netbook but will have a built-in modem with both EVDO and GSM support.
Gateway EC notebooks reach US with Win 7
Gateway today entered the market for Intel CULV portables in earnest by launching its EC series in the US. Previously seen in Canada, the line is a rebadge and re-spec of Acer's Timeline and is highlighted by the EC14. The 11.6-inch system weighs just under 3.8 pounds and uses either single-core Celeron, dual-core Celeron or dual-core Pentium CULV chips to outrun netbooks while still getting as much as eight hours of battery life.
Gateway One ZX series debuts
Gateway today preempted its rivals with one of the first fully multi-touch all-in-one desktop lines. The One ZX series' staple feature lets them both take advantage of the pinch-to-zoom, scrolling and other features inherent to Windows 7 as well as a custom touchscreen front end for music, notes, photos and content sharing.
Gateway bringing Windows 7 convertible tablet
A number of images and specs for Gateway's upcoming convertible tablet PC, the EC18T, have been revealed ahead of any official news from the system builder. Outside of the new OS, a Monday Engadget leak reveals the 11.6-inch tablet will ship with an Intel Core 2 Duo CPU and up to 4GB of DDR3 RAM. Graphics will be handled by Intel's integrated GS45 Express chipset.
Verizon adds Gateway LT2016u with 3G
Verizon this morning topped off its device launches with its second netbook to have built-in 3G. A special version of the Gateway LT2016u will support Verizon's EVDO network out of the box and will be subsidized to a lower $150 price in return for a two-year data plan and a $100 rebate. The same broadband plans apply and will give either a modest 250MB for $40 per month or 5GB for $60 per month.
Verizon to offer subsidized Gateway netbook soon
According to a leaked document, wireless provider Verizon will soon begin offering its second subsidized netbook with the upcoming addition of the Gateway LT2016u, Engadget reported on Monday. The computer will be sold on a two-year data contract, and like the first Verizon-subsidized netbook, the HP Mini 1151NR, will use Qualcomm's Gobi data modem to access Verizon's 3G data network. Otherwise, the netbook packs a 10.1-inch display with a 1024x600-pixel resolution, a 1.6GHz Atom CPU, 1GB of RAM and a 160GB hard drive.
Gateway EC1803h in Canada
Canadians have been receiving an early North American look at the first 11.6-inch Acer and Gateway notebooks to use Intel's CULV platform thanks to a model that has been spotted this week by an Electronista tipster at Future Shop stores in the country. Known as the Gateway EC1803h, the PC seems to be a rebranding and mild respecification of the Acer Timeline 1810T (Aspire 1410 in the US) that isn't yet on sale in North America and shares much of its design language with Gateway's own LT3100. The new model shares the Aspire/Timeline's 1.4GHz Core 2 Solo and GMA 4500 graphics, and in its single trim level comes with 3GB of RAM and a 250GB hard drive as well as expected features like its 6-cell battery, HDMI output and 5-in-1 card reader.
Apple leads consumer index
Apple continues to hold first place in tracking conducted by the American Consumer Satisfaction Index, says Fortune. The company has scored 84 out of 100 in a 2009 study, leaving it in a dominant position over rival computer builders. It has also dropped a point since 2008 however, when it achieved its highest-ever score.
Apple Tops Tech Sup Ranks
Apple has maintained a decisive lead in technical support rankings for 2009, according to a new Laptop study. Of ten major companies tested, only Apple managed an "A" grade for its help, earning it across both its ability to solve problems on calls and online; it also kept hold times to under five minutes and located its support only in North America. The company is further helped by having a dedicated retail network that can address questions in person, the magazine adds.
HP 11 6 inch netbook Rumor
HP's netbook line should get a larger 11.6-inch model if a source today proves true. Computer industry contacts for DigiTimes say Quanta is about to mass-produce such a system next month. Other details aren't published, but the larger size likely means a 1366x768 screen resolution instead of the more common 1024x600. One of HP's 10-inch netbooks should also get a revision and is purportedly slated by its manufacturer, Inventec, to be mass-produced in September.
AspireRevo to go dual-core
Acer's AspireRevo nettop, notable for being the first PC to sports NVIDIA's ION platform, will be getting an upgrade soon, according to a Monday Fudzilla report. The single-core Atom CPU will be replaced in favor of a dual-core Atom, though clock speeds will remain the same, at 1.6GHz. At the same time, there will be double the RAM standard, at 4GB, and storage space will be bumped to 320GB from 250GB.
Gateway QX2800 Ion nettop
A listing on Taiwanese site PCADV has revealed that Gateway will soon release its QX2800 nettop PC, which is a near clone of Acer's Ion-powered nettop, the Acer AspireRevo. The main differences involve the Gateway's dual-core 1.6GHz Intel Atom CPU rather than Acer's single-core Atom. Also, Gateway opted to use a larger capacity 500GB hard drive, doubling the Acer's 250GB drive.
Gateway LT2000 Netbook
Gateway this morning extended its LT series to include its first Intel-based netbook. The LT2000 opts for familiar specifications with a 10-inch display, 1.6GHz Atom, 1GB of RAM and a 160GB hard drive, most of which help bring down the price significantly from the faster, larger LT3100. It does inherit the more expensive system's multi-touch trackpad to scroll using circular motions or to swipe through documents using two fingers.
Gateway FX Notes June 2009
Gateway has quietly updated its P series FX gaming notebooks with a pair of updated and lower-cost models compared to what it's offered in the past. The 17-inch P-7809u is new and has a Montevina refresh-era 2.53GHz Core 2 Duo despite costing less than the earlier P-7805u. It also has a full 500GB of hard drive space (up from 320GB), 4GB of RAM and the previously-used 1GB GeForce 9800M key to its gaming credentials.
Gateway NV Notebooks
Gateway has quickly followed up on its desktop news with the addition of a relatively high-style but more frugal notebook line intended for the back-to-school audience. The NV series has a minimalist, glossy design with a relatively sturdy barrel hinge and touch-sensitive shortcut keys. At the same time, the notebooks keep costs down with a 15.6-inch, 1366x768 (but LED-backlit) display and lower-end AMD or Intel mobile chips.
Gateway debuts new PCs
Gateway on Wednesday evening introduced smaller, more powerful back-to-school desktop PCs, including its small form factor SX Series and its compact DX Series mini-tower line as well as its FHD Series of monitors featuring a new edge-to-edge glass design. Both the SX Series and DX Series PCs include a unique “digital photo frame” button that quickly delivers a slide show of favorite photos along with a “device deck" described as a small recessed area on top of the chassis to put device -- such as a digital camera, MP3 player or camcorder -- for connecting to USB ports and downloading media. Other new features include a tilt-enabled card multi-card media reader for easy access, a rear cable management hook to organize cables.
Gateway LT3100 Netbook
Gateway this morning chose to follow an unusual tack and launched the LT3100 as its second-generation netbook. The crossover PC is just an inch thick and about 3.1 pounds but uses an 11.6-inch, 1366x768 display and has components closer to a regular notebook's: it uses a low-power, single-core 1.2GHz Athlon 64 with Radeon X1270 graphics and a full 2GB of RAM. Consciously breaking Microsoft's rules for netbooks means the system uses Windows Vista Home Basic instead of XP, but the faster components should support the full Aero Glass interface where Atom netbooks usually struggle.
Forrester Cust Servc Q109
Forrester today issued a report on customer experience with computers that gave Apple a significant lead over competitors. The Mac producer received an 80 percent score, or "good," on a combination of ease of use, meeting needs and a pleasurable experience. Its next-closest rival, Gateway, scored just 66 percent, or "okay." Other competitors fared worse, with HP and its sub-label Compaq receiving 64 percent and 63 percent scores that are considered "poor;" Dell has dipped to 58 percent.
Gateway Core 2 Quad laptop
Gateway on Monday announced the release of its first P-series notebook to be equipped with Intel's Core 2 Quad CPU, the P-7808u FX Edition. The 2.0GHz gaming and multimedia notebook has 4GB of RAM, and graphics are processed by NVIDIA's GeForce 9800M GTS card with 1GB of dedicated video memory for reproducing 3D graphics effects on the 17-inch, 1440x900 resolution screen. Staying true to its multimedia mission, the notebook has integrated and illuminated keys for controlling audio and video functions.
Gateway Desktops Feb 2009
Gateway this afternoon swung its attention to its desktops with a trio of mid-range tower systems. The FX series gets a new balance between the budget and high-end systems with two new models. The FX6800-11 at $1,300 improves on the entry 01e version with twice the memory, at 6GB, and unspecified faster graphics than the 01e's Radeon HD 4850; the FX6800-09 has few details but at $1,650 is a further improvement that Gateway sees as sitting exactly in between the 01e and the flagship 05 system. Both use Core i7 processors.
Gateway TC Series
Gateway this morning kicked off the start of a new notebook range in the TC series. The 14-inch system has the relatively upscale design language of the MC but is significantly lighter at 5.3 pounds in addition to being smaller. It also becomes one of the least expensive full-size notebooks to include an LED-backlit display and shares the same 16:9 ratio and 1366x768 resolution as the MC, suiting it to watching movies.
IDC Q4 2008 PC Results
Apple has potentially slipped from third place to fourth in US market share among computers, according to data for the holiday quarter from research firm IDC. The Mac producer is estimated to have shipped about 1.25 million computers to the country, dropping it from its previous position and lowering it from 9.1 percent market share in the summer to 7.2. The company's sheer unit growth has also cooled from 32 percent year-over-year in summer to 7.5 percent.
Gateway LT1004U netbook
The Gateway LT1004U netbook is now available at certain Office Depot locations in the US, without any sort of announcement from the PC maker itself, according to a Tuesday Engadget report. The netbook sports an 8.9-inch, 1024x800 LCD screen and weighs 2.2lbs. It is powered by Intel's 1.6GHz Atom CPU along with 1GB of RAM and offers 802.11g Wi-Fi.
Gateway MD and UC
Gateway's appearance at CES has been accompanied by two new notebook models, each of which is hope to bring upscale features to the mainstream. Starting the launches, the UC series is Gateway's first system with a 13.3-inch screen and borrows design cues from its sibling brand Packard Bell, including the unusually circular trackpad and aluminum trim. The system is relatively light for Gateway's lineup at 5.3 pounds and has extras sometimes omitted from the class such as a 1.3-megapixel webcam, 802.11n Wi-Fi and HDMI video out.