Again in 2007, Taiwan-based PC producer Acer purchased the once-iconic Gateway model with a view to stick a thumb within the eye of rival OEM Lenovo and improve its US market presence. Within the 13 years since, the Gateway model has languished largely unused, whereas Acer constructed up its personal identify in the US immediately. The cow is formally again now, although, with a brand new line of principally price range, 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 regarded nearer, we discovered a well-known and never significantly enticing identify behind the model. Gateway can also be making two fashions of Android pill—an 8″ GWAT8-1 which does not look like accessible retail but, and a ten” mannequin accessible at Walmart for $67. Looking for extra element on the GWAT8-1 led us to a shocking discovery—it is really made (or imported) by EVOO.
In June of this 12 months, we reviewed and completely despised a $140 EVOO laptop computer—a tool powered by an AMD A4-9120e CPU, similar 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 transport information indicating that it, too, is an EVOO system.
Extra precisely, EVOO imports gadgets made by Shenzhen Bmorn Know-how, a Chinese language nationwide model. We discovered US Customs information of EVOO importing from Bmorn, with gadgets beneath each the Gateway model and EVOO’s personal inside the identical cargo.
An Acer consultant confirmed later that, though Acer does personal the Gateway model, it’s not immediately concerned within the manufacturing or manufacture of those gadgets.
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 3 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 costlier Creator Sequence machines can be found in black solely.
All of those programs include built-in graphics, aside from the GWTN156-3BK. It incorporates a discrete Nvidia 2060RTX as an alternative.
The search for a great, low-cost laptop computer continues
In case you’re keen to provide EVOO a second strive, the 15.6″ laptop computer with Ice Lake i5-1035G1 looks like an apparent decide. It is fairly cheap at $500 however gives 16GiB of RAM—twice as a lot because the costlier Creator Sequence fashions—in addition to a strong CPU. However at solely $350, the Ryzen 3200U mannequin grabbed our consideration even more durable.
Final 12 months’s Ryzen cellular CPUs aren’t as nice as this 12 months’s Renoir, and the 3200U is just a dual-core half. However its per-core efficiency is nearly on par with the i5-1035G1. We count on the 3200U might be highly effective sufficient to make for a good total expertise for people who want “an actual laptop computer” however have severe price range constraints.
This, after all, overlooks the elephant within the room—the EVOO connection. And “connection” in all probability 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 individuals say respectable issues about EVOO’s higher-end laptops, so it is attainable that a few of these will become a great deal. We intend to check and assessment no less than certainly one of them right here quickly—however within the meantime, we would advise some warning with the brand new “Gateway” model.