Gateway unveils One (ugly) all-in-one PC. iMac says, “eh”.
Gateway today revealed the unexpected; another shot at emulating Apple’s trend and design, rather than venturing into an entirely new and refreshing concept of the PC, ergo the “One”. The all-in-One desktop sports some nice features, including more customization than regular Apple fare, with a spiffy, car-hood like mechanism for adding RAM and an extra hard drive. Also, an ingenious power brick design maintains a couple of USB, networking, and audio inputs tucked out of the way for a more astute wireless PC experience. But, early reviews have more criticism than crave it seems.
Both Computer Shopper (7.9/10) and CNET (7.1/10) found in their reviews a lackluster attempt at the iconic iMac’s share of the All-in-Wonder computer. Priced between $1300 and $1800, both found no reason to jump into the One, neither in the entry level range nor the extreme end. CNET sums up the One’s performance prowess against the iMac’s, stating that “it’s clear that Apple takes the iMac’s performance as an actual computer far more seriously than Gateway does.” The screen lacks “pop”, where as the iMac’s display has been reviewed as screaming for attention. The One’s display is awkward, lacking any true vertical adjustable viewing angle (it begs to be flopped on it’s face) and is supported by a surprisingly sturdy, Apple Cinema Display of yore type stand. Probably the biggest let down to both sites, and not the most surprising, is the inclusion of Microsoft’s Windows Vista OS, which lacks in comparison to the iMac’s one-two punch of Mac OS X Tiger and iLife ’08 productivity suite. Computer Shopper sums up their review asserting that “the Gateway One is a regular midrange PC with an uncommonly alluring design philosophy.”
Nonetheless, both reviews state that among the heated contentions for the all-in-one/media center/pro-sumer market, the One may turn a few heads with its offerings, especially those unable to make the whole-hearted jump into Apple’s OS, or any other alternative operating system. Those codependent to or requiring Windows might find comfort in the stylings of the One, rather than reaching for that next grey box.
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