Again in 2007, Taiwan-based PC producer Acer purchased the once-iconic Gateway model to be able to stick a thumb within the eye of rival OEM Lenovo and enhance its US market presence. Within the 13 years since, the Gateway model has languished largely unused, whereas Acer constructed up its personal title in the US straight. The cow is formally again now, although, with a brand new line of principally funds, Walmart-exclusive Gateway laptops.
The brand new line ranges from $180 to $1,000, and a number of other fashions appear fascinating—however after we seemed nearer, we discovered a well-recognized and never significantly enticing title behind the model. Gateway can be making two fashions of Android pill—an eight” GWAT8-1 which does not seem like accessible retail but, and a 10″ mannequin accessible at Walmart for $67. Looking for extra element on the GWAT8-1 led us to a stunning discovery—it is truly made (or imported) by EVOO.
In June of this yr, we reviewed and completely despised a $140 EVOO laptop computer—a tool powered by an AMD A4-9120e CPU, identical to the most cost effective mannequin of Gateway laptop computer within the desk above. The brand new GWTN116-1BL has twice the RAM and storage in comparison with the successfully uncooled, drastically underclocked, and completely bletcherous EVOO EV-C-116-5—however after we went sleuthing, we found shipping records indicating that it, too, is an EVOO system.
Extra precisely, EVOO imports units made by Shenzhen Bmorn Know-how, a Chinese language nationwide model. We discovered US Customs information of EVOO importing from Bmorn, with units underneath each the Gateway model and EVOO’s personal inside the identical shipment.
An Acer consultant confirmed later that, though Acer does personal the Gateway model, it isn’t straight concerned within the manufacturing or manufacture of those units.
The brand new Gateway laptop computer lineup
|11.6″ FHD Extremely Slim GWTN116-1BL||AMD A4-9120e||4GiB||64GB||$180|
|11.6″ FHD 2-in-1 Convertible GWTC116-1PR||Intel Celeron N3350||4GiB||64GB||$200|
|14.1″ FHD Extremely Slim GWTN141-2PR||AMD Ryzen three 3200U||4GiB||128GB||$350|
|15.6″ FHD Extremely Slim GWTN156-1BL||Intel Core i5-1035G1||16GiB||256GB||$500|
|15.6″ Creator Sequence GWTN156-2BK||AMD Ryzen 5 4600H||8GiB||256GB||$800|
|15.6″ Creator Sequence GWTN156-3BK||Intel Core i5-10300H||8GiB||256GB||$1000|
The primary 4 fashions on this price-ranked checklist can be found in black, blue, inexperienced, or purple; the dearer Creator Sequence machines can be found in black solely.
All of those programs include built-in graphics, apart from the GWTN156-3BK. It incorporates a discrete Nvidia 2060RTX as a substitute.
The search for a very good, low cost laptop computer continues
For those who’re prepared to provide EVOO a second strive, the 15.6″ laptop computer with Ice Lake i5-1035G1 looks as if an apparent decide. It is fairly cheap at $500 however gives 16GiB of RAM—twice as a lot because the dearer Creator Sequence fashions—in addition to a stable CPU. However at solely $350, the Ryzen 3200U mannequin grabbed our consideration even tougher.
Final yr’s Ryzen cell CPUs aren’t as nice as this yr’s Renoir, and the 3200U is barely a dual-core half. However its per-core efficiency is nearly on par with the i5-1035G1. We anticipate the 3200U will likely be highly effective sufficient to make for an honest general expertise for folk who want “an actual laptop computer” however have critical funds constraints.
This, in fact, overlooks the elephant within the room—the EVOO connection. And “connection” most likely is not even a strong-enough phrase—each EVOO- and Gateway-branded laptops come from the identical provider to the identical receiver (EVOO itself) in the identical shipments.
We have heard folks say first rate issues about EVOO’s higher-end laptops, so it is potential that a few of these will transform a very good deal. We intend to check and evaluation a minimum of considered one of them right here quickly—however within the meantime, we would advise some warning with the brand new “Gateway” model.