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Gateway DX4200

Gateway DX4200
alaScore 85

91 reviews

Dec, 2014

  • No negative mentions yet

alaTest has collected and analyzed 91 reviews of Gateway DX4200. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. Reviewers really like the size and usability. The design and price also get good feedback.

price, design, usability, size

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Gateway DX4200 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Gateway DX4200

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 46 user reviews of Gateway DX4200 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Desktops on Amazon.com. People really like the usability. The design is also appreciated.

price, design, usability

85% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Gateway DX4200-09 Desktop, Phenom X4 9100e 64-bit Quad-Core Processor, 4GB, 640GB, 18X DVD+/-R/RW, Keyboard and Mouse, Windows Vista Home Premium (64-Gateway DX4200-09 - Tower - 1 x Phenom X4 9100e / 1.8 GHz - RAM 4 GB - HDD 1 x 640 GB - DVD?RW / DVD-RAM - Radeon HD 3200 - Mdm - Gigabit Ethernet - Gateway DX4200-UB001A Desktop PC (AMD Phenom 9550 Processor, 6 GB RAM, 640 GB Hard Drive, Vista Premium)

Expert review by:

Gateway DX4200-09

 

While the Gateway might appeal to users who value storage over speed, you can find more features in PCs that cost just a little less, and more performance for just a little more. That leaves this Gateway with little to recommend it.

Plenty of room for expansion; large hard drive

Competition offers faster performance and more features

Expert review by:

Gateway DX-4200-11

 

The $599 (as of 8/23/09) Gateway DX4200-11 seems like the perfect value PC for anyone on a tight budget. It's a decently powerful general-purpose PC that offers solid connectivity and upgradability compared with a number of other systems at or below...

Lots of storage and memory ; Good upgradability

Subpar general performance ; Unplayable graphics for gaming

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Gateway DX4200-UB001A

 

We didn't love Gateway's new FX4710 performance desktop because it sacrificed extra features (say, a faster 3D card?) for the sake of plumping its memory specs. We felt the same trepidation with the $750 DX4200, but the fact is that this desktop is the...

Best overall system in its price range; 64-bit Windows Vista aids memory efficiency; largest hard drive at this price

More RAM than is immediately worthwhile.

We can forgive Gateway for cramming the DX4200 with more memory than it needs simply because its specs and overall performance are the best in its price class. Of the various do-it-all lower midrange PCs out there, this one gets our nod.

Consumer review by:

"Excellent buy!!"

 

Do not listen to the undereducated reviewer from cnet this Gateway is a real performer, it performs much better than the specs would seem to indicate and for only $50 more you can purchase a major piece of JUNK form HP sorry I mean real JUNK from HP...

this is a much better computer than HP or Compaq, my last 4 HP computers have all imploded and died, my Gateway is still running I have been an ELECTRONICS TECH for 30 YEARS AND THE GATEWAY IS AND ALWAYS WILL BE A MUCH MUCH BETTER computer!

NONE NONE!

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"Great machine, good upgrade room"

 

Nice Machine, i added a ati radeon 4350, and i can still internal graphics to have a total of 5 moniters

Case style, DVD rw ,hdmi, multicard reader, Quad core, 8 gb max ram

intergrated graphics, fans a little loud (but with fans on full the processor stays at 95 degrees) windows vista,

Consumer review by:

"Great deal for a good computer"

 

I just replaced a single core 2.0 Ghz machine with 1.5 gigs of memory to this. Four cores, 1.8 Ghz, 4 gigs of memory expandable to 8.

64 bit system is a good thing. This system is available for under $350. At $500 it is a decent computer. At $350 it is a bargain. Quad cores for this price? Really?

The on board video is average at best and you only have a 300w power supply. Seen batter cases and the drive doors are hokey.

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"Using this computer for 60 days now with no problems."

 

Ok guess I'm happy with this system or I would not have bought it. It's a good system for the money. Just get a video card that works for You.

Good storage space, like quad processor speed, ram ok, I added an addition 2 gig making a total of 6 gig in system. Excellent room for expantion on hard drive along with ram.

Don't like 300 power supply, should start with 500 watt. Most computers are used for gameing. So use 512 not a 256 video card please.

Consumer review by:

"I used this computer for 13 days of lite use, it failed"

 

I purchased a DX4200-09 on 2/22/09 from Best Buy and set it up the next day. On March 9, my wife could not get the computer to boot. After a call to Gateway support, they decided the computer sufered a video failure (on board video) so I returned it...

I didn't really have enough time with the machine to gain any real likes or things that impressed me too much.

I don't like the fact that the computer suffered a motherboard failure in less than 20 hours of use, and Gateway support doesn't seem to be too worried about that, and even less worried about getting a working computer back to me.

Consumer review by:

"great value and good performance"

 

I think this computer was well worth my money. It was cheap and will run most of the programs I want it to run. If you like to play Warcraft, this is a good computer for that. I can run it at maxed out settings (plus marcoed better ones) at 50+ fps in...

can play World of Warcraft really well, has tons of memory for Autocad programs, has a fast enough processor to be good for a few years

graphics could be better mainly in fps games (it won't play Crysis very good so don't buy it for that)

Consumer review by:

"blue screen during cd ripping"

 

221 ntdll.dll bad? cannot recover yet after using system repair serveral times and it says there are no restore points, even though system has installed serveral programs and restarted numerous times. Norton 360 running as well. no boot, norton was...

cheap system, $650circity, 6gb ram, amd 9550 phenom, 600gb hard drive

blue screen of death after ripping some cd's, uploading to 1gb mp3 sandisk? is it the hardware or just Microsoft software or both?

Product Specifications

Play the hot games, fuel your multitasking demands and whip through digital content. Multimedia enthusiasts, get the power you need to create, and watch tasks fly thanks to fast system response. Connecting to your favorite devices and drives is easy via a range of ports that can include IEEE 1394 FireWire, HDMI, eSATA or PS/2. Plus, the 15-in-1 media card reader makes importing files a breeze.

Audio Output

Type:Sound card

Cabinet (Chassis)

Form Factor:Tower
Manufacturer Form Factor:Tower

Cabinet (Chassis)

Form Factor:Tower
Manufacturer Form Factor:Tower

Cache Memory

Installed Size:2MB

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:16.1in/17.3in
Height:15.6in/16.3in
Weight:23.4lbs/24.3lbs
Width:7.1in/7.2in

Display (Projector)

Type:None.

Header

Compatibility:PC
Manufacturer:Gateway
Model:4200-09/4200-11/4200-UB001A
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Gateway DX

Mainboard

Chipset Type:AMD 780G
Data Bus Speed:3600MHz

Modem

Max Transfer Rate:56Kbps
Type:Fax / modem

Networking

Data Link Protocol:Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet
Type:Network adapter

Optical Storage

Type:DVD

OS Provided

Type:Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit Edition

Processor

64-bit Computing: Yes
Clock Speed:1.8GHz/2.2GHz
Installed Qty:1
Manufacturer:AMD
Max Supported Qty:1
Multi-Core Technology:Quad-Core
Processor Number:9100e/9550
Type:Phenom X4

RAM

Installed Size:4GB/6GB
Max Supported Size:8GB
Technology:DDR2 SDRAM

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Hard Drive

Interface Type:Serial ATA-300

Storage Hard Drive (2nd)

Type: None

Storage Removable

Type: None

System

Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:640GB/750GB
Type:Personal computer

Video Memory

Installed Size:256MB

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:ATI Radeon HD 3200/ATI Radeon HD 3450
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