Recommended Desktop

Recommended Desktop

I took a good look at PC desktop computers. I know that most people right now are pinching their pennies and trying to save their money, so for this review I kept that in mind.

I came across the Gateway SX2803-25e. This computer falls under the category of an everyday computer. This Gateway computer comes with an Intel Pentium Duel Core processor. I was surprised to see that this processor gave the computer a processing speed of 3.2 GHz. This gives it a 14% increase in normal processing speed over the next higher gateway model, the Gateway DX4850-27EU, which has a 2.8 GHZ processing speed (although with the turbo the DX4850-27EU can reach up to 3.1 GHZ). The Gateway SX2803-25e also comes with 6 GB DDR3 memory, giving it strong multitasking abilities. It has a 1 TB hard drive, which is plenty of storage space for any computer that is meant for normal everyday use.

This desktop comes with an Intel Graphics Media Accelerator, which will provide you with great imaging out your monitor, or can combine with the HDMI output to allow you to hook it up to your flat screen TV and watch your movies in great quality. The computer has an impressive 9 USB 2.0 ports; 5 in the front and 4 in the back. It has a 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN allowing it to connect to the Internet or a device with amazing speed due to increased bandwidth although you will need an Ethernet cord. This desktop computer also features a great compact design. It is only 10.7 inches tall, 4.2 inches wide and 13 inches deep. This compact design will make it easy to set up without using up much of your space.

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However, these last two features I mentioned also lead to the two downfalls of this computer. First is that while it has a super fast Ethernet LAN, it does not come with built in wireless internet capabilities. You can hook it up to your router directly with an Ethernet cord, or you will have to go out and buy a wireless adapter. Honestly the adapters very inexpensive though. The second downfall to this computer comes from its compact design. While this is a great space saver, it also means that the Gateway SX2803-25e is not meant for upgrading. You can upgrade the 6 GB memory to 8 GBs but that is about it. The compact design does not provide room for any upgraded components. However, most people do not bother with upgrading single components so it normally would not be an issue anyways.

Despite these two downfalls everyday desktop computer makes up for it with its great features and specs, and you will love the price tag. Gateway lists this computer for $549.99 MSRP on their website; however Best Buy has it priced at the very cheap price of $469.99. Good luck finding a better deal for a desktop computer out there.