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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Gateway DX4860-UR28


Gateway DX Series Intel Core i5 8GB DDR3 1TB HDD Capacity Desktop PC Windows 8 64-bit DX4860-UR28(DT.GE0AA.004)

I was a bit concerned about buying a Gateway.  I have been using computers long enough to have seen the brand erosion of the Gateway years ago.   I found that Acer had purchased Gateway and this machine in particular was rated as a best buy in several of the computer magazines.  

The size is a bit daunting.  I have gotten away from the monster towers of yesteryear but this is still substantially larger than the Aspire it replaces it.   I am a Swiss Army knife kind of guy and I do a lot of different things on my computer so I wanted a desktop rather than another laptop.   This machine has good solid middle of the road specifications.  It's performance has been good and it has expansion capabilities.

When I have gotten everything working the way I want, I plan on cloning the hard drive and adding an SSD drive to improve the overall performance.   Supposedly the front accessible bay has a cage but I couldn't find it on the Gateway site.   I do miss having a button on the DVD drive to open and close it.   The mouse is a bit cheesy and the keyboard is nothing to write home about.   I do like the alt-f4 command that lets you close those darn Windows 8.1 open screens.  
  
Gateway did a nice job on providing many USB ports and some are actually conveniently located on the top and front.   In addition they top of the tower has a "tray" where you can plug in USB devices for charging.   A totally useless but none the less cool lighted logo rounds out a very solid, reasonably priced desktop. 

General Spec

Brand
Gateway
Series
DX Series
Model
DX4860-UR28(DT.GE0AA.004)
Type
Student/Home office
Form Factor
Micro Tower
Usage
Consumer
Colors
Black
Processor
Intel Core i5-3330 3.0GHz
Processor Main Features
64 bit Quad-Core Processor
Cache Per Processor
6MB L3 Cache
Memory
8GB DDR3 1600
Hard Drive
1TB SATA 7200RPM
Optical Drive 1
16X DVD+-R/RW SuperMulti Drive
Graphics
Intel HD Graphics 2500
Ethernet
Gigabit Ethernet
Power Supply
300W
Operating System
Windows 8 64-bit

Motherboard

Chipset
Intel H67

CPU

CPU Type
Intel Core i5
CPU Speed
3330(3.00GHz)
L3 Cache Per CPU
6MB
CPU Socket Type
LGA 1155
CPU Main Features
64 bit Quad-Core Processor 
Max Turbo Frequency 3.2 GHz

Graphics

GPU/VPU Type
Intel HD Graphics 2500
Graphics Interface
Integrated video

Memory

Memory Capacity
8GB DDR3
Memory Speed
DDR3 1600
Memory Spec
4GB x 2
Memory Slot (Total)
4
Memory Slot (Available)
2
Maximum Memory Supported
16GB

Hard Drive

HDD Capacity
1TB
HDD Interface
SATA
HDD RPM
7200rpm

Optical Drive

Optical Drive Type
DVD Super Multi
Optical Drive Spec
16X DVD+/-R/RW SuperMulti Drive

Audio

Audio Features
High-Definition Audio with 5.1-channel Surround Sound Support

Communications

LAN Speed
10/100/1000Mbps
WLAN
802.11a/b/g/n Wireless LAN
Bluetooth
Bluetooth 4.0+HS

Front Panel Ports

Front USB
2 x USB 2.0 (Front)
2 x USB 2.0 (Top)
Front Audio Ports
1 x Headphone Jack
1 x Microphone Jack
Card Reader
Digital Media Card Reader - Secure Digital (SD) Card

Back Panel Ports

PS/2
2
Video Ports
1 VGA, 1 HDMI
Rear USB
2 x USB 3.0
6 x USB 2.0
RJ45
1 port
Rear Audio Ports
3 ports

Expansion

PCI Slots (Available/Total)
(2/3) PCI-E x1 
(1/1) PCI-E x16

Physical Spec

Dimensions
15.82" x 14.92" x 7.09"
Weight
23 lbs.


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