IRVINE, Calif., Sept. 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Kicking off the
holiday season with a powerful new multimedia desktop PC, Gateway today
announced the immediate availability of the Gateway(R) DX420 Series PC, a
home system loaded with premium technologies and advanced features
typically found only in the company's high-end desktops.
The DX420 includes the latest Intel(R) Core(TM) 2 Duo processors, a
choice of high quality graphics cards and super fast 10K Western Digital(R)
Raptor(R) hard drives. Combined with RAID technology for leading
reliability and increased performance, the DX420 is a powerful multimedia
system that bridges the gap between value and high-end computing.
Its advanced features and high degree of customization offer
flexibility and solid performance to a wide range of applications. It is
ideal for intermediate to experienced customers looking for a powerful
mid-range desktop that can easily handle audio visual and media center
duties. Starting at $599.99 and available via Gateway's Direct channels
(www.gateway.com or 1-800-GATEWAY), the DX420 is an affordable, yet
powerful solution for home PC enthusiasts.
"Multimedia enthusiasts will find the DX420 an ideal multimedia hub for
the home," said Todd Titera, senior manager, consumer desktops, Gateway.
"With the breakthrough speed of the Intel Core 2 Duo processor, the latest
Intel P965 chipset, up to 4GB of 667MHz memory and enhanced graphics, it is
powerful enough for digital content creation, gaming or media center
duties, such as managing a library of MP3 music downloads or recording and
watching favorite TV shows."
Providing stellar video clarity and playback, the DX420 offers a wide
range of discrete graphic card choices, including the 256MB NVIDIA(R)
GeForce(R) 7600GS. In addition to standard 7.1 audio support, the Gateway
DX420 Series comes with the option of a Creative(R) Sound Blaster(R) X-Fi
Audio card for high fidelity surround sound audio capabilities, making
video, games and music come to life.
Microsoft(R) Windows(R) XP Media Center Edition (MCE) 2005 provides an
easy-to-use interface for viewing photos or video, listening to music or
watching DVDs or TV. With MCE and an optional TV tuner, the DX420 can be
used to watch, pause, rewind or record live TV.
Photo and video buffs will find the DX420 easily handles digital video
editing and photography applications. Customers wanting to pursue creative
photographic endeavors such as digital scrap booking or editing home movies
of soccer games, birthday parties or dance recitals will appreciate the
fast processor, large amount of memory and robust storage. The superior
discrete graphics options allow users to enjoy crisp, life-like images and
extraordinary animation, all the time.
A multi-format double-layer DVD burner and 9-in-one media card reader
are included as standard, allowing for easy back up, copies, and data
transfer between the PC and consumer electronic devices.
With a wide range of fast hard drives, users can outfit the DX420 with
speedy 150GB 10,000 RPM Raptor drives or super sized 750GB drives(1) --
providing up to 1.5TBs(2) of storage -- ample room for treasured family
photographs and home videos.
For those with enormous photo and/or music libraries, RAID options
allow users to design the DX420 with the drives best suited to their needs;
RAID 0 for increased performance or RAID 1 for data protection, providing
complete redundancy of critical data or priceless photo and video images.
In addition to multimedia and photography applications, the DX420 is a
great solution for home office and productivity tasks. Configurations of
the new Gateway DX420 PC are either Microsoft Vista(TM) capable or
Microsoft Vista Premium Ready(3).
Intel Viiv(TM) capable, the DX420 also provides a technology framework
for easy content sharing throughout the home. Using the advanced features
of Viiv, setting up and managing a home network is easier than ever.
Combined with the system's wireless options or integrated 10/100 Intel
Ethernet, customers can effortlessly share information among multiple PCs
in the home.
With RAID configurability and a uBTX chassis, it offers a high level of
reliability and dependability. The BTX architecture more effectively cools
internal components, allowing it to easily handle the fastest processors
and power-hungry graphics. As a result, the design increases the overall
reliability of the system and extends the life of key components by up to
82 percent over traditional ATX designs(4). Also, the chassis is tool-free,
so customers can quickly and easily add or update cards, hard drives and
To protect the customer's data and investment, Gateway DX420 Series
desktop PCs are pre-installed with a 90-day trial of McAfee Internet
Security Suite(TM) (Anti-Virus, Anti-Spam, Anti-Spyware, Firewall and
Parental Control)(5). A pro-active service tool called BigFix(R) is
included at no charge on all Gateway systems(6). With the customer's
permission, BigFix identifies and sends messages offering updates to
enhance the performance or capabilities of the PC.
Gateway DX420 Series Configurations, Pricing and Availability
Available now direct from Gateway, the new DX420 Series desktop PCs can
be configured-to-order with popular features and technology. Ready-to-ship
configurations and pricing follow:
DX420B DX420S DX420X
Operating System Microsoft Windows Microsoft Windows Microsoft Windows
XP Media Center XP Media Center XP Media Center
Edition 2005 Edition 2005 XP Media Center
Processor Intel(R) Intel(R) Intel(R)
Core(TM) 2 Core(TM) 2 Core(TM) 2
Duo E6300 Duo E6300 Duo E6300
Chipset P965 P965 P965
Viiv 1.6 Viiv 1.6 Viiv 1.6
Memory 512MB 667MHz 512MB 667MHz 1024MB
DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM
Hard drive(2) 160GB 7200 250GB 7200 RPM 2 x 250GB 7200 RPM
RPM SATA II SATA II SATA II
Speakers Optional GW 2.0 GW 2.0
Media reader 9 in One 9 in One 9 in One
Optical drive DVD+/- / R+/-RW DVD+/- / R+/-RW DVD+/- / R+/-RW
Expansion slots 1 PCI-E x16, 1 PCI-E x16, 1 PCI-E x16,
1 PCI-E x4 and 1 PCI-E x4 and 1 PCI-E x4 and
2 PCI 2 PCI 2 PCI
Display Optional 17-inch LCD 19-inch widescreen
Video NVIDIA 7300LE NVIDIA 7300LE NVIDIA 7300LE
Limited 1-year 1-year 1-year
Price U.S. $599.99 U.S. $799.99 U.S. $999.99
Warranty, Service and Support
The new PCs are supported by the company's standard limited warranty
options(7). Additional service and support options are available. Gateway's
commitment to quality and reliability is evident in its award-winning line
of PCs as well as in its exceptional service and support programs. The
company's extensive online support center helps customers maximize their PC
investment; it gives them easy access to customer support representatives
and information on important issues such as warranties, technical issues
Since its founding in 1985, Irvine, Calif.-based Gateway (NYSE: GTW)
has been offering award-winning PCs and related products to consumers,
businesses, government agencies and schools with highest quality and
service and best overall value. Gateway is now the third largest PC company
in the U.S. and among the top ten worldwide. The company's value-based
eMachines brand is sold exclusively by leading retailers worldwide, while
the premium Gateway line is available at major retailers, over the web and
phone, and through its direct and indirect sales force. See www.gateway.com
for more information.
(1) Available October 19, 2006.
(2) Accessible capacity varies; MB = 1 million bytes; GB = 1 billion
bytes. TB = I trillion bytes.
(3) Some features available in premium editions of Windows Vista(TM) may
require additional hardware
(4) Accolade Engineering Solutions, January 2005. The Arrhenius
Acceleration Reaction Rate Model is used to estimate the improvement
in mean time to failure (MTTF) based on temperature of the component.
(5) 90 days of complimentary updates included. Internet connection
(6) Internet connection required.
(7) Limited warranties and service agreements apply; visit gateway.com or
call 1-800-846-2000 for a free copy. Service agreements are issued
and performed by third parties. May not be available in all
locations. On-site service technician will be sent if necessary,
following phone-based troubleshooting. Availability varies. Other
SOURCE Gateway, Inc.