Magazine article Multimedia Schools

Gateway E-1400 500c Desktop Computer

Magazine article Multimedia Schools

Gateway E-1400 500c Desktop Computer

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Company: Gateway, Inc., 610 Gateway Dr., North Sioux City, SD 57049; Phone: 800/315-2536; Fax: 605/232-2023; Web: http://www.gateway.com/.

Description: The E-1400 is a 500 MHz (really fast!) desktop computer with lots of memory (RAM) and hard drive space. The system, with its small size, was designed specifically for the education and business market. The small CPU can be used as a tower or can be laid on its side and placed under the monitor.

Specifications: Gateway's E Series E-1400 500 C has an Intel 500 MHz Celeron processor with a 128 K cache and 64 MB SD RAM expandable to 256 MB. It has a 6.8 GB hard drive that can be expanded to 13.6 GB--for an additional $40. The three-bay "highly serviceable" convertible case also houses a standard 3.5-inch disk drive and a 12x/24x CD-ROM drive, two USB ports, and two PCI slots.

Price: The base price is $989. A 400 MHz model is available for $889. Various peripheral options such as software, drives, video enhancements, and speakers may be added for prices ranging from $30 to $157.

System Requirements: In general, the system comes ready to go--as long as purchasers remember that, to keep the price down, the basic model arrives without word-processing software or a modem. Also, speakers are considered an optional "extra."

Warranty: Gateways E-1400 features an outstanding 3-year parts and labor warranty and 3-year on-site service, with some limitations. Even within those limits, however, this is one of the best warranties available for a PC.

Reviewer Comments:

The first asset is its size, called the "small form factor" by Gateway, which makes it very convenient to use in classrooms, labs, libraries, and other settings where space is a problem. The small size is an especially useful feature when technology is added to older buildings that may not have ideal spaces for computers.

In addition, the E-1400 is designed to be easy to service. …

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