Gateway DX4200-09 1.8GHz QuadCore Media Center with HDMI Review


It’s been a while since our last computer review, but finally we got our hands on a Gateway machine, and the first thing that impresed us was the stiking design. I know that there are other PCs that look alike, look at this black and shiny case, and you tell me that you don’t like it. The front looks like a control panel, but enough about the design. Let’s see what this beauty has under the hood!

The Gateway DX4200-09 features an AMD Phenom X4 1.80GHz 64-bit Quad-Core processor with 2MB L2 Cache, and AMD64 Technology, 4GB Dual-channel DDR2 800MHz RAM which can be upgraded to 8GB, integrated ATI Radeon HD 3200 graphics card with up to 256MB shared video memory, AMD 780G motherboard, 640GB SATA HDD at 7200rpm with 16MB cache, Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium Service Pack 1 64-bit and a 300W power supply.

Well, what can we say about the Gateway DX4200-09 1.8GHz QuadCore Media Center? First of all this is not a gaming machine as the graphics card is not good at all, it’s more of a media center like the name says. You can store thousands of videos, songs, and pictures on the not-so-quiet 640GB HDD, while the quad-core processor and the 4GB of RAM are definitely enough for anyone who’s a programmer or a designer, but you definitely need a better graphics card. Windows Vista Home works well with SP1 and being 64-bit on a 64-bit processor then you’ll be satisfied, but Windows 7 is coming and I’m sure you will be more pleased with it than Vista.

The Gateway DX4200-09 1.8GHz QuadCore Media Center feature one HDMI port, one VGA port, 6 x USB 2.0 port, 2 x IEEE 1394a port, 2 x PS2 port, 1 – PCI-E x16, 1 – PCI-Ex1 and 1 – PCI available expansion slots, and Gateway 15-in-1 media card reader with a built-in copy button.

These ports will allow you to connect anything to your machine. Seriously. You can do anything, plug-in cameras, cellphones, memory cards, an HDTV, and so on. You just need all of these expensive stuff as the computer just begs you to connect something to it.

The Gateway DX4200-09 1.8GHz QuadCore Media Center with HDMI comes packed with a 18X DVD+/-R/RW SuperMulti Drive with Labelflash Technology, 8-Channel (7.1) High Definition Audio, 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN, 56k ITU v.92 Ready Fax/Modem, amplified USB-powered stereo speakers, two-button USB optical wheel mouse, and a premium multimedia keyboard.

The Gateway DX4200-09 1.8GHz Quad-Core 4GB DDR2 640GB SATA HDMI Vista Home Premium measures 16.34 x 7.09 x 17.32 inches, and it’s a little bit expensive, but look at all those specs. If you prefer AMD processor, and you don’t need very powerful video cards then this is your answer. It boots very fast in just a few seconds, and Windows Vista Home loads pretty fast even after you install all your programs.

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