Enlarge /. Funny colors – but we're waiting to see what the innards look like.
Back in 2007, the Taiwanese PC manufacturer Acer bought the once iconic Gateway brand in order to poke a thumb in the eye of the competing OEM Lenovo and increase its US market presence. In the 13 years since then, the Gateway brand has remained largely unused, while Acer has built its own name directly in the USA. The Cow is now officially back with a new line of mostly budget-friendly, Walmart-exclusive Gateway laptops.
The new line ranges from $ 180 to $ 1,000, and some models seem interesting – but when we looked closer we found a familiar and not particularly attractive name behind the brand. Gateway also makes two models for Android tablets – an 8-inch GWAT8-1, which doesn't appear to be in retail stores yet, and a 10-inch model, which is available at Walmart for $ 67. Trying to find more details about the GWAT8-1 led us to a surprising discovery – it was actually made (or imported) by EVOO.
In June of this year, we reviewed and absolutely despised a $ 140 EVOO laptop – a device powered by an AMD A4-9120e CPU, just like the cheapest model gateway laptop in the table above . The new GWTN116-1BL has twice as much RAM and memory as the effectively uncooled, drastically underclocked and absolutely bletchery EVOO EV-C-116-5 EVOO system.
Enlarge /. Acer still appears to own the Gateway brand – but EVOO imports and Bmorn manufactures.
More specifically, EVOO imports equipment from Shenzhen Bmorn Technology, a Chinese national brand. We found US customs records of EVOO imports from Bmorn, with both Gateway and EVOO branded devices in the same shipment.
A representative from Acer later confirmed that while Acer owns the Gateway brand, it is not directly involved in the manufacture or manufacture of these devices.
The new gateway laptop range
|11.6 "FHD Ultra Slim GWTN116-1BL||AMD A4-9120e||4GiB||64 GB||$ 180|
|11.6 "FHD 2-in-1 convertible GWTC116-1PR||Intel Celeron N3350||4GiB||64 GB||$ 200|
|14.1 "FHD Ultra Slim GWTN141-2PR||AMD Ryzen 3 3200U||4GiB||128 GB||$ 350|
|15.6 "FHD Ultra Slim GWTN156-1BL||Intel Core i5-1035G1||16GiB||256 GB||$ 500|
|15.6 "Creator Series GWTN156-2BK||AMD Ryzen 5 4600H||8GiB||256 GB||800 dollars|
|15.6 "Creator Series GWTN156-3BK||Intel Core i5-10300H||8GiB||256 GB||1000 dollars|
The first four models in this price list are available in black, blue, green or purple. The more expensive machines in the Creator series are only available in black.
With the exception of the GWTN156-3BK, all of these systems have integrated graphics. Instead, it has a discrete Nvidia 2060RTX.
The search for a good, cheap laptop continues
If you're looking to try EVOO again, the 15.6-inch laptop with Ice Lake i5-1035G1 seems like an obvious choice. It's reasonably priced at $ 500 but has 16GB of RAM – twice as much as the more expensive Creator series models. as well as a solid CPU. But at just $ 350, the Ryzen 3200U model caught our attention even more.
Last year's Ryzen Mobil CPUs aren't as good as this year's Renoir, and the 3200U is just a dual-core part. The performance per core is roughly the same as that of the i5-1035G1. We expect the 3200U will be powerful enough to provide a decent overall experience for people who need "a real laptop" but have serious budget constraints.
This, of course, overlooks the elephant in the room – the EVOO connection. And "connection" is probably not even a strong enough word – both EVOO and gateway laptops come from the same provider to the same recipient (EVOO itself) in the same shipments.
We've heard people say decent things about EVOO's high-end laptops, so it's possible some of these will turn out to be good business. We intend to test and review at least one of these here shortly. In the meantime, however, we advise caution with the new "Gateway" brand.