Powerful New Gateway PCs Featuring Microsoft(R) Windows Vista Help Enthusiasts, Students and Small Businesses Get the Most Out of Their PCs

IRVINE, Calif., Jan. 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — With today´s introduction of the Gateway(R) DX430 Series and the NX270S notebook PC coinciding with the worldwide launch of Microsoft Vista, consumers can now purchase a powerful multimedia desktop or notebook PC from Gateway preinstalled with the much anticipated new operating system.
Optimized for Microsoft Windows Vista, the Gateway DX430 Series can be configured with Home Basic, Home Premium or Ultimate(1). It also boasts a sleek new industrial design with personalization capabilities, user friendly features and advanced technology. Tailored for families, students and home offices, consumers looking for features and capabilities above and beyond typical Internet and productivity usage, it is the ideal system for editing videos, perfecting photos, playing games and running demanding multimedia applications.

The new Gateway NX270S notebook features numerous high-impact design features that enhance durability. It is perfect as a first notebook or an additional PC, and with its thin and light design, it is easy to carry around school campuses or when flying for pleasure or for business. Its visually stunning 14.1-inch WXGA widescreen TFT Active Matrix display provides a stellar view experience and ample room for viewing multiple applications or documents.

"Enthusiasts and small businesses alike will find the Gateway(R) DX430 perfect for home office needs, digital photo editing and a variety of multimedia applications. It can serve as a TV, DVD player and stereo, and its unique portable hard drive option makes it easy to transport or back up files," said John Schindler, director of consumer products, Gateway. "Road warriors and traveling professionals will find our new NX270 Series notebooks are sturdy enough to easily handle the everyday bumps and bruises of mobile computing, while powerful technologies on the inside easily handle their demanding needs."

And with North-American based telephone technical support for U.S. customers, they can be assured their calls will be handled by knowledgeable, experienced, well-trained and dedicated support agents close to home.

Gateway DX430 — Personalization and Feature Rich Options

Interchangeable face plates let customers modify the design of the front panel on the system to suit their individual style. Customers can upgrade the standard black face plate to a tungsten or brushed graphite finish at a minimal cost. Additional designs will be available in the future. The finishes provide an elegant and sophisticated look to the PC, allowing them to be personalized to the customer´s workspace.

Not just another pretty face, the enhanced design of the DX430 makes it easier than ever to use key components and to connect popular consumer electronic devices. The top front of the system provides easy access to a high-speed USB 2.0 15-in-1 digital media reader. And for models featuring the optional TV tuner, convenient front port options for both video and audio make it easy to transfer or play photos from digital cameras or camcorders, while flip down doors on the optical drives simplify upgradeability and serviceability. An assortment of portable hard drive choices will be made available making it easy to back up valuable data or transfer content from one PC to another via USB.

The feature-rich chassis supports the latest processor technology; storage solutions built around speed, size and dependability; and leading graphic support for a wide range of multimedia applications. With the breakthrough speed of the Intel Core 2 Duo dual-core processor, consumers can spend more time creating and less time waiting, while Windows Vista and Intel(R) Viiv(TM) options provide greater ease of access and control of movies, photos and music. The Gateway DX430 Series can be customized with a range of Intel processors.

For hobbyists, young professionals, college students or families with huge libraries of digital media, the DX430 can be configured with a range of hard drives including 750GB perpendicular drives for leading-edge performance or with Western Digital Raptor 150GB 10,000 RPM drives(2). In February, Gateway will offer a portable hard drive that allows users to expand storage capacity by another 80GBs or 160GBs.

To safeguard irreplaceable personal photos and videos, customers have the option of configuring the DX430 with RAID 0, providing mirroring for protection, or with RAID 1, which delivers striping for speed benefits.

In addition, Gateway´s hard drive cooling system provides increased reliability and stability for high performance systems. The cooling system is able to reduce the temperature of hard drives up to 24 degrees Fahrenheit versus systems without Gateway´s cooling system. This reduction increases the reliability of the system´s hard drives by up to 33.2 percent(3).

The system´s optional PVR capabilities and high-definition tuner make it the ideal entertainment system. It comes with a choice of graphic cards for gamers, including the lightening fast Nvidia 7950 GT.

To protect the customer´s data and investment, Gateway DX430 Series desktop PCs with a 32-bit version of Windows are pre-installed with a 90-day trial of McAfee Internet Security Suite(TM) (Anti-Virus, Anti-Spam, Anti-Spyware, Firewall and Parental Control)(4). All systems include a proactive service tool called BigFix,(R) which is included at no charge(5). With the customer´s permission, BigFix identifies and sends messages offering updates to enhance the performance or capabilities of the PC.

Gateway NX270S Notebook — Sturdy Design, Premium Look and Feel
The Gateway NX270S notebook was designed to handle the everyday bumps and bruises of mobile computing and to look great while doing it. A Constant Torque barrel hinge reinforces the stability of the display and reduces movement when the display is open. The notebook´s external features further protect the system´s structural integrity, while also contributing to its distinctive design. The high-composite matte cover surface is scratch- and fingerprint-resistant, helping to maintain the notebook´s clean, new look. The aircraft-grade, brushed aluminum palm rest is comfortable when using the keyboard, while it also provides the strength of high-impact, lightweight metal for reinforcement. Plus, the metal edge detailing creates solid structural protection against drops while providing the notebook´s contemporary finish with a unique framed profile. Polished black lacquer treatments give the product rich detail and a deluxe appearance.

The notebook´s visually stunning 14.1-inch WXGA widescreen TFT Active Matrix display is the perfect complement to unique design elements in the notebook. The display vibrantly showcases graphics, video and applications, while the widescreen format provides ample room for viewing multiple applications or documents. The Ultrabright display features a 1280 x 800 maximum resolution.

The Gateway NX270S comes equipped for essential mobility for notebook customers on a budget. It has an Intel Celeron 430 processor, 512MB of memory, a 60GB hard drive and a CD-RW/DVD combo drive.

The system can be easily connected to consumer electronics, peripherals and digital media cards with its 3 USB 2.0 ports and 4-in-1 media card reader. It also comes with Vista Home Basic. Ready for work, studies and entertainment on the go, integrated 802.11 b/g provides wireless access to the Internet. The notebook also includes an integrated V.92 56K modem and 10/100 Ethernet.

The NX270S is available now priced starting at $699.99. Like all Gateway notebooks sold via the company´s direct sales channels, it can be customized with a range of options.

North America Based Telephone Technical Support

While many PC vendors go off-shore to save service costs, Gateway´s telephone technical support for U.S. customers is 100-percent based in North America. Customers are assured their calls are handled by knowledgeable, experienced, well-trained and dedicated support agents close to home(6).

Warranty, Service and Support

The new PCs are supported by the company´s standard limited warranty options(7), but to help customers adopt and get the most out of Vista, Gateway recommends Answers by Gateway, which provides 24/7 telephone support for assistance with questions that go far beyond the system´s standard warranty. For instance, Gateway´s experts can help resolve most "how-to" questions about setting up e-mail or a home network, connecting a printer or transferring a home movie. They can also provide help with non-Gateway technology products, assisting with questions related to software, wireless networks, televisions, printers and digital cameras from most major manufacturers. This ensures Gateway customers are getting the most out of their Gateway PC and that their system works seamlessly with all of their consumer electronic toys.

Additional service and support options are also 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 and upgrading.

About Gateway

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.

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