TechSpot: Gateway SX 2311-03 Small Form Factor PC review

The Small Form Factor system that we'll be reviewing today, part of Gateway's SX desktop series, is nearly identical in form and fit to the Acer Aspire X1200 we looked at nearly two years ago. Of course, the internals have been beefed up to meet today’s standards, but the layout and styling cues are very similar.

The SX series from Gateway is one-third the size of a traditional desktop tower yet it still packs a sizable punch for its small footprint. Exact dimensions are 10.43" x 3.93" x 12.4" with a weight of only 12 pounds (5.44 kg). Pricing starts at $520 with both Intel and AMD processor options that can scale up to $600 for a quad-core system like the one in our hands.

The SX2311-03 features an AMD Phenom II X4 820 processor operating at 2.8 GHz, 4GB of DDR3 memory (expandable to 8GB), a 1TB hard drive, Nvidia GeForce 9200 graphics, a 16x DVD burner and a 64-bit copy of Windows 7 Home Premium. Read on as we explore the Gateway SX2311-03 in closer detail.

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The last time I saw a Gateway PC, it said Gateway 2000 on the front. Are they still popular in the US or something?

Small form factors are horrible for heat. We have a lot of Dell SFF that build up a lot of heat, but the newer 780 models are doing better with airflow and there's a fan under the HDD now.

When i had an old gateway, i tried my best to not wake up my mom...as soon as the BIOS goes..it BEEPS! and when i used to be on dial up..it was so loud -.-

I am running on a Gateway P series laptop (their supposed High end laptop line) and I'm miserable, they have horrible customer support and the thing started falling apart 3 weeks after i got it. Sure this looks great, But I'm never buying a gateway product again.

I would never buy a Gateway again. I had nothing but problems. I heard that it used to be a good brand. Wonder what happened?

java2beans said,
I would never buy a Gateway again. I had nothing but problems. I heard that it used to be a good brand. Wonder what happened?

I'd never buy another Gateway. I still haven't forgotten my laptop who's screen died. It still lights up, but the image is all scrambled and messed up. Gateway was going to charge me only slightly less for repairs than it would have cost to get something new, so I never fixed it. Still works plugged into my TV to run Hulu.

Captain555 said,

They were bought by Acer.

What happened first was they bought eMachiens which was their big slope downhill.....

neufuse said,

What happened first was they bought eMachiens which was their big slope downhill.....

Actually I've had many quality eMachines. eMachines started doing better, then got bought by Gateway and started getting even better quality. Then Acer bought gateway, made Gateway its bargain brand and eMachiens its SUPER bargain brand.