Beleaguered Gateway launches ‘iMac G5 killer’

Building upon five generations of design enhancements, Gateway, Inc. today launched the Gateway Profile 5.5, the newest version of the company’s all-in-one desktop line.

With this newest upgrade to the space-saving series, the Gateway Profile 5.5 packs more processing punch per square inch, featuring Intel’s next-generation 915G chipset, integrated Intel graphics with up to 128MB shared memory and higher-bandwidth serial ATA (SATA) hard drives. The fully field-serviceable desktop also continues to offer 15-inch, 17-inch or 19-inch screen sizes.

Targeted at businesses, government agencies and educational institutions, the Gateway Profile 5.5 has a starting price point of under $1,400. Standard configurations include a 17-inch screen and Pentium 4 processor, but multiple options are available.

“Customers now have the best of both worlds with the new Gateway Profile 5.5,” said Marc Demars, Gateway’s director of business desktops in the press release. “Not only does the new PC maintain its space-saving form-factor, but it now also offers Intel’s newest 915G chipset, higher-capacity SATA hard drives and greatly enhanced graphics capabilities.”

As with the Profile 5, the 5.5 version offers easy-to-use floppy and optical drives accessible from the front of the computer, as well as two IEEE 1394 and six USB 2.0 ports on the side and back. While the Intel 915G chipset (featuring an Intel Pentium 4 520 processor with HT technology (2.8GHz, 800 MHz front-side bus, 1 MB cache) is standard, the PC is also available with Intel Celeron D processor options.

The Profile 5.5 also supports up to 2GB of DDR RAM and hard drives ranging in capacity from 40GB to 250GB. The PC features built-in gigabit Ethernet, optional 802.11g wireless and Gateway Client Manager software based on LANDesk technology, which allows IT managers to easily monitor and manage PCs across their network. The Profile 5.5 is available with either Microsoft Windows XP Pro or Microsoft Windows XP Home and comes standard with a standard, three-year limited warranty.

PC Magazine has a slideshow of photos taken from various angles here (make sure you haven’t eaten recently).

MacDailyNews Take: Yuck. If this doesn’t highlight the vast gulf between Apple’s and the Wintel box assemblers’ design abilities, nothing ever will.

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Beleaguered Gateway to ditch consumer electronics to focus on PC box assembly – September 13, 2004
Beleaguered Gateway cuts another 1,500 jobs; has cut 22,600 jobs in last four years – April 30, 2004
Beleaguered Gateway grinds up customer and spits him out unsatisfied – April 02, 2004
Beleaguered Gateway closes all retail stores; Apple poised to open 77th outlet – April 01, 2004
Beleaguered Gateway to axe over 2,000 jobs in next few months – March 03, 2004
Beleaguered Gateway to buy eMachines; combo could be 3rd largest Wintel box assembler – January 31, 2004
Beleaguered Gateway cuts more jobs; closes Virginia manufacturing plant – September 03, 2003
Beleaguered Gateway puts on a happy face – December 16, 2002
Beleaguered Gateway ditches cow on its way to slaughterhouse – October 31, 2002
Beleaguered Gateway desperately circling the drain – September 25, 2002

157 Comments

  1. Our city library system uses the previous version of Gateway’s AIO system for their catalog access machines. I wonder how long it will be until one of these atrocities makes its way into the local branch. Ick!

  2. That is so funny I think I just pee’d myself.

    I can see Mary Enderle in the queue to buy one already ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />

  3. Oh my goodness. It looks like something pulled out of a trash pile in the 1950s. Sony makes the only other all-in-one other than Apple that looks good. Gateway has absolutely no concept of style. It’s astonishing. This has got to be some kind of joke or something.

  4. The best of both worlds? That would be the frigid wastelands of Pluto combined with the searing heat and poisonous gasses of Mercury, I presume.

    What’s the marketing slogan?

    All the Windows viruses you could ever want contained within the world’s ugliest design running on inefficient 32-bit Intel processors – and we didn’t forget the floppy!

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