Back in 2007, Taiwan-based PC manufacturer Acer Buy The once iconic Gateway brand to put a thumb in the eye of the rival OEM Lenovo and increase its presence in the US market. In the ensuing 13 years, the Gateway brand has declined considerably, while Acer has built its own name right in the US. The a cow Walmart’s exclusive Gateway laptops are now officially back, despite a new, mostly budget line.
The new line ranges from $ 180 to $ 1000, and many models seem interesting – but when we looked closely, we found a familiar and not particularly attractive name behind the brand. Gateway also makes two models of Android tablet – the 8-inch GWAT8-1 That doesn’t seem to be available retail yet, 10 inches Sample available At Walmart for $ 67. Trying to find more details about GWAT8-1 led to a surprising discovery – it was actually made (or imported) By EVOO.
In June of this year, we did an absolute review Despised $ 140 EVOO Laptop – AMD A4-9120e CPU-powered device, just like the cheapest Gateway laptop model in the table above. The new GWTN116-1BL has twice the RAM and storage compared to the effectively uncooled, super cooled EVOO-C-116-5, which is totally blurry – but when we spied, we discovered Shipping records Noting that it’s an EVOO system, too.
More specifically, EVOO imports the devices produced by Shenzhen Bmorn Technology, a Chinese national brand. We found US Customs records of importing EVOO from Bmorn, with devices under the Gateway and EVOO branding within itself shipment.
An Acer representative later confirmed that although Acer owns the Gateway brand, it is not directly involved in the production or manufacture of these devices.
Gateway’s new laptop lineup
|11.6 ” FHD Ultra Slim GWTN116-1BL||AMD A4-9120e||4 GB||64 GB||$ 180|
|11.6 ” FHD 2-in-1 Convertible GWTC116-1PR||Intel Celeron N3350||4 GB||64 GB||$ 200|
|14.1 ” super slim HD display GWTN141-2PR||AMD Ryzen 3 3200U||4 GB||128 GB||$ 350|
|15.6 ” FHD Ultra Slim GWTN156-1BL||Intel Core i5-1035G1||16 GB||256 GB||500 dollars|
|15.6 “Creator Series GWTN156-2BK||AMD Ryzen 5 4600H||8GiB||256 GB||800 dollars|
|15.6 “Creator Series GWTN156-3BK||Intel Core i5-10300H||8GiB||256 GB||1000 dollars|
The top 4 models on this price-ranked list are available in black, blue, green or purple; The more expensive Creator Series machines are only available in black.
All of these systems come with integrated graphics, except for the GWTN156-3BK. It contains a separate Nvidia 2060RTX instead.
The search continues for a good, inexpensive laptop
If you’re ready to try EVOO again, it’s the 15.6-inch Ice Lake laptop i5-1035G1 It appears to be an obvious choice. It’s very inexpensive at $ 500 but offers 16GB of RAM – twice the cost of the more expensive Creator Series models – plus a solid CPU. But at only $ 350, the Ryzen 3200U caught our attention the most.
Last year’s Ryzen mobile CPUs aren’t as impressive as this year’s Renoir, and the 3200U is only the dual-core part. But the performance of each core is almost on par with the i5-1035G1. We expect the 3200U to be powerful enough to provide an overall experience suitable for people who need a “real laptop” but have serious budget constraints.
This, of course, looks out over the elephant in the room – the EVOO Link. And “connect” isn’t even a strong enough word – both EVOO and Gateway-branded laptops come from the same supplier to the same receiver (the same EVOO) in the same shipments.
We’ve heard people say decent things about EVOO high-end laptops, so some of them are probably a good deal. We intend to test and review at least one of them here soon – but for the time being, we’re advising some caution about the brand new ‘Gateway’.