San Antonio — The Progressive Retailers Organization was at the Westin La Cantera Hill Coun
Gateway launched its eMachines-brand back-to-school line, which is ready to run Microsoft's upcoming Vista operating system.
The five new SKUs are priced between $349 and $539, after $50 rebate, and are now shipping.
The T6536 is the top-end model featuring an AMD Athlon 64 3800+ processor running at 2.4GHz, an NVIDIA GeForce 6100 integrated graphics with DirectX 9.0 support, an open PCI Express slot, 1GB of DDR memory (expandable to 4GB), a 250GB hard drive dual-format/double DVD burner, 5.1 channel high-definition audio, and it runs Microsoft's Media Center operating system.
The step-down model is the T6534. The $449 PC shares many of the same features as its more expensive cousin, but comes with a slightly less powerful Atlon 64 3700+ processor running at 2.2GHz, a 200GB hard drive, 512MB of DDR memory, and it uses the XP operating system.
The T5046 carries the same $449 price tag as the T6534, but an Intel Pentium 4 processor and ATI Radeon Express 200 graphics card replaces the AMD and NVIDIA technology.
The T3508, $379, is powered by an Intel Celeron D 356 processor running at 3.3GHz and a 160GB hard drive, but is otherwise similar to the other models.
The entry-level piece is the 3506. Priced at $349, it differs from the T3508 by having a DVD/CD-RW drive and a 120GB hard drive.