We glide by Gateway’s DX and FX game systems and its Profile series for the home user. For us, the E-Series and especially the S-Series desktops are what we’re talking about.
The S-Series targets small businesses, with a range of configuration choices from Celeron (as we said, forget Celerons, they’re too slow) through Intel Pentium, and on up to dual-core and even 64-bit systems (forget them too, they’re too expensive). The chassis are tool-free (like those of many of the rivals), and offer a security lock-down feature to prevent access to the case, which can reduce theft of components.
The S-5000 only has a Celeron, so let’s move straight on to the S-5200, where the Pentiums live. Gateway calls ’em their “dependable workhorses.” The S-5600 is the performance model with lots of expandability.
Gateway repeatedly mentions the “BTX” design — this is a recent motherboard/system design from Intel that makes the system easier to cool, which supposedly extends the life expectancy of the hard drives and other components, and makes the box quieter because the fan doesn’t have to work so hard.
Gateway also offers a pricier E-Series, “designed for businesses looking for managed 12-to-18-month lifecycles and stable images,” and it costs a couple hundred dollars more than the same configuration in the S-Series as a result. Its models do come with Windows XP Professional installed, which is good. The E-2500s are Celeron-only, so we looked at the E-4500s instead. They come in two sizes, regular tower and slimline.