All-in-one desktops can be expensive, but reviewers say you don't have to spend a lot to get a capable performer. The Best Buy-exclusive Gateway ZX4931-31e (*Est. $600) all-in-one desktop computer is an example. This 21.5-inch all-in-one computer gets high marks for value. Although it can't match the performance of more expensive all-in-one computers, the Gateway ZX4300 can handle mainstream computer tasks like sending emails, surfing the web or streaming videos. It runs on a dual-core 3.2 GHz Intel Pentium E5800 processor and comes with a 500 GB hard drive, 3 GB of RAM, a wireless keyboard and mouse, DVD burner and integrated Wi-Fi, although reviewers warn that the Wi-Fi transfer speeds leave a lot to be desired. The Gateway ZX4931-31e has integrated graphics, meaning it's not the best choice for power-hungry tasks like gaming or graphics work. The 21.5-inch display gets respect for brightness and clarity, but the touch screen's multi-touch gestures aren't all that useful. Reviewers say the computer doesn't have many applications that take advantage of the touch technology. Users and critics both complain that the kickstand isn't the most stable in the world.
The Gateway ZX4931-31e (*Est. $600) is a Best Buy exclusive. Another Best Buy exclusive, the Gateway ZX4931-33e (*Est. $730), beefs the processor to a dual-core Intel Core i3, adds another 1 GB of memory and doubles the storage space to 1 TB. Meanwhile, the Gateway ZX4351-UR20P (*Est. $600) matches those specs, but replaces the Core i3 with a 2.8 GHz Athlon II X2 processor. While reviews are limited, performance should be similar.
TomsHardware.com reviews the Gateway ZX4931-31e in a comprehensive, multi-page review that compares the PC against a now-discontinued HP all-in-one. Benchmark testing is conducted and results are explained. Several users also leave their opinions on the BestBuy.com website.
This head-to-head review pits the Gateway One ZX4931-31e against the now-discontinued HP TouchSmart 210. Several aspects of the PCs are analyzed; everything from the LCD display to power consumption to gaming and general computing performance is analyzed and subjected to benchmark testing. Neither all-in-one is named a superior pick, but Andrew Ku's conclusion makes it sound as if he prefers the Gateway model.
Review: Touchscreen Computing: Gateway ZX4931 And HP TouchSmart 310, Andrew Ku, May 12, 2011
Dozens of users have issued their opinion of the Gateway One ZX4931-31e at BestBuy.com – the sole supplier of this all-in-one computer – and many seem to be impressed. The vast majority gives the PC a 4 or 5 star rating and says they'd recommend the product to a friend. The all-in-one's speed and ease of use is praised repeatedly, but some customers say they wish the sound volume went a little louder. A few wish the computer had an HDMI port, as well.
Review: Gateway - All-In-One Computer / Intel Pentium Processor / 21.5" Display / 3GB Memory / 500GB Hard Drive, Contributors to BestBuy.com