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Gateway SX2185 SX

Gateway SX2185 SX
alaScore 89

92 reviews

Nov, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 92 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the reliability and size. The design and price also get good views.

usability, price, design, size, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Gateway SX2185 SX is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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Very happy with my purchase


I was looking to get my hands on an inexpensive Windows 8 license to replace my ancient XP disc. I'm more of a Linux user, but I do tech support and live in the real world so I still need to have a copy of Windows installed *somewhere* for support and...

Very snappy performance with basic Windows productivity. Windows 8 rates the gaming graphics performance as a 6, which is not too shabby for integrated graphics on a unit this cheap (I purchased the refurbished version). Windows 8.1 upgrade went...

The graphics card *greatly* out classes the CPU performance. While Windows 8 rates the gaming graphics performance as a 6, the cpu is rated as a 3.8. Also, the blue/white light LEDs on this thing are *inexcusably* bright. In a dark room you can hardly...

Consumer review by:

Nice adequate pc


It is tough to justify adding RAM and drive space to older 32 bit Vista and Windows 7 systems when this starts out with more memory and hard drive than those systems had. These appear to be Acer systems with no real use by the prior owner if there was...

Complete upgradable Windows 8.1 system with adequate performance. Not a gaming machine but fine for internet surfing, email and MS Office. More capable than the top systems from 3 years ago. The HDMI port makes it adequate for a basic HTPC use

Other than the limited horsepower, the system in not that expandable. No SATA connectors are untaken so expansion of drive space is limited

Consumer review by:

Great Low Cost SFF Refurb


Only has 4GB memory, as speced. (Gee, a sub-$200 computer that doesn't come with 8GB of DDR3-1600 memory.)

I don't know why this unit hasn't gotten more good reviews like it's older SX2185 siblings. Perhaps the refurbs of the UB37 just haven't been available as often. In any case, it comes with a slightly more powerful processor and video APU than they do...

Power on and disk activity LEDs are way too bright. Will probably tape them over. No USB 3.0 ports in back. Would have liked a DVI connector, but what do you expect at this price


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It's not 8GB


I saw it has 8GB that is why I bought it, even though it is a bit more expensive than other.


expensive. it just has 4GB RAM

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Extremely good for the price


Great for the price, I've purchased several of these and had no issues thus far. The only issue has been the door on the front for USB stuff has broken. Cannot build a PC with anywhere near these specs for the price that includes a Windows 8 license.

Rock solid, works well, extremely affordable at the $310 price I've been getting them at

Cannot run Linux, Windows 8 key is in the BIOS. Dual monitor must be done through VGA and HDMI

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Great for email and basic computing


Good all around basic computer. This unit doesn't take up much real estate on the desktop because of it's small footprint.This product is... A nice compact sizeAbout me... Basic web surfing & emails

500gb HDD

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Very fast computer


At first it was a little strange working with a different system, but after awhile I find I like it very much.This product is... easy to set up, Sharp graphicsAbout me... Budget Conscious, Basic web surfing & emails

boot up speed

Way different operating system

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Good family computer


Good simple desktop, only downside is no wifi. Simple setup and easy for the whole family to use. Provides separate log ins so I can monitor what my kids have access to. I purchased a wifi extender that plugged directly in with Ethernet cable, works...

Easy to use

No wifi

Consumer review by:

Nice modem/ great price


This is a good value, we bundled and got a great priceThis product is... Inputs which I need, quiet, A nice compact size, Attractive design, Premium quality mouse/keyboard combo, easy to set up, lightning fast, Sharp graphicsAbout me... Budget...


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Great Little Computer For Light Use


I bought this computer for my mom and her husband, they had an old Compaq laptop that was WAYYYY old... this brings them into the newest software and quick internet... I would recommend this to anyone who needs a good computer for light useThis product...

Price, set up, compact design

It is a basic computer not a lot of bells and whistles