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Gateway SX2840

Gateway SX2840
alaScore 83

65 reviews

Jul, 2015

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 65 reviews of Gateway SX2840. The average rating for this product is 3.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the size. The price also gets good opinions.

design, price, size

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Gateway SX2840 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

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Expert review by: David Murphy (

Gateway SX2840-01


You'd better like what you get with the Gateway SX2840-01, as this half-width midsize-tower desktop sacrifices most of its upgradability to achieve its slim shape. That's okay, though--the SX2840-01 delivers excellent performance for a mere $559 (as of...

Beautiful jet-black case reduces external clutter ; Plenty of memory and storage

No DVI support (VGA or HDMI only)

In spite of a lapse in connection options and limited upgradability, the SX2840-01 is a speedy little monster with a budget price.

Mar, 2010

Editor's Choice!

Expert review by: Rich Brown (

Gateway SX2840-01


Editors' note: This review is part of our 2010 Retail Laptop and Desktop Spring roundup , which covers specific fixed configurations of popular systems found in retail stores.

Small size, quality video playback, and HDMI output make it a viable home theater PC; virtualized quad-core Intel CPU offers competitive performance for its price; massive 1TB hard drive; room for half-height expansion cards.

No wireless networking; relative power hog compared with the Mac Mini.

Gateway's SX2840-01 remains the budget PC to beat. Its combination of small size, fast performance, and living room competence makes it one of the most flexible desktops on the market. That it has room to upgrade makes the deal that much sweeter. We...

Feb, 2010

Expert review by: (

Gateway SX2840-01


A cable guide integrated behind the tray helps keep cables out of the way, but there aren't any top-mounted USB ports. The guides make it more convenient for peripherals you've plugged into the back of the system, but top-mounted ports are still more...

Compact. Multimedia content creation power. New Core i3 CPU. HDMI port. Some expandability

Only half-height PCIe cards. Integrated graphics. No Blu-ray option. Bloatware. No Wireless networking

The Gateway SX2840-01 is an inexpensive Intel Core i3-powered multimedia-oriented desktop for the user that needs more power for photo or video projects. It's compact and has a decent group of features. However a bunch of bloatware and other omissions...


Expert review by: John Pastor (

Gateway SX2840-01 Desktop PC Review


If you're looking for a PC for your living room and HDTV or just a small, compact PC for tight spaces, you're in luck. The Gateway SX2840-01 desktop might be just for you. Does the small form factor sacrifice power? Find out after the break.

Small and quiet enclosure ; Multitude of ports and expansion for such a small PC ; Great specs at such a cheap price

Traditional Gateway bloatware ; No wireless networking ; Lacks Blu-Ray drive

The Gateway SX series starts at $519.99 and is available at Gateway's website as well as

May, 2010

Expert review by: techreviewsource (

Gateway SX2840-01


The SX2840-01 from Gateway features the new Intel Core i3-530 CPU in a small-form factor desktop computer that has a small price to go with it. Its multimedia features are aimed and media-enthusiasts and offers decent performance.

Inexpensive ; Intel Core i3 & 6 GB of RAM ; HDMI & eSATA ports ; Multimedia performer

No Blu-ray included ; No Wi-Fi build-in ; Lots of bloat ware pre-installed

In terms of system performance, this system is an excellent performer when it comes to day-to-day computing tasks as well as advanced graphics, video, and audio processing. While using Adobe Photoshop and video processing, performance is extremely fast...

Feb, 2010

Expert review by: Dave Freeman (

Review: Gateway SX2840


Gateway's new SX2840 is an ideal system for someone who needs a good basic computer. It's designed to be a small form factor rival to the high end, high cost systems currently on the market. The new SX2840 also hits that mythical sweet spot of price...

Feb, 2010

Editor's Choice!

Expert review by: Denny Atkin (

Gateway SX2840-01


This quiet slimline PC offers excellent performance for the money. It's a good choice if you don't play 3D games.

Compact; good CPU performance; excellent external expansion capabilities

Limited internal expansion; poor 3D-graphics performance

That said, we're impressed with what the SX2840-01 does deliver for the price. In processing power and storage, it doesn't lag significantly behind PCs costing twice as much. Its internal expansion capabilities are limited, but the only major...

Feb, 2010

Consumer review by: MOM2GEMS (

"Doesn't deserve any positive reviews"


never ever ever buy a gateway

none... gateway reps are nice but of no help to fix in warranty repairs

the review that led me to buy this piece of junk

May, 2011

Consumer review by: tommy21226 (

Good computer for the money....


Bottom line is that this computer is good for the middle of the road user, although it does have some hiccups such as hanging, which I have notice more of recently and can not find a solution for. I contacted support and they were clueless. If your...

Small form factor ; Very good amount of maximum DDR3 memory (8GB) ; Fairly fast performance, performs as a quad core even though its an i3 dual core

Small form factor makes it difficult to maneuver to add memory and a graphics card is very difficult to find ; Platform is not very stable. I have owned this computer for around 6 months ; HANGS A LOT

Sep, 2010

Consumer review by: Used2BeTechie (

Beware of this one!


This model is like several of the Vista based machines from Acer. It is getting bad reviews on the Gateway website and elsewhere.

Good specfications on paper

Doesn't work as advertised, known device conflicts remain unaddressed, poorly tested, lack of support

Sep, 2010