Gateway Solo 1150 CL

Perfect for the educational and SOHO markets, the Solo 1150 CL is legacy-free, allowing for easy connection of peripherals such as digital cameras, printers, scanners and the like. This would explain the decision to ship it with Windows ME as standard, since the new operating system has improved functionality with multi-media devices.

The Solo's curved shape is somewhat reminiscent of Apple's iMac range, and features dark grey plastic with black rubber grips. At its core lies a 12.1in active TFT display capable of a respectable 800x600dpi in 24-bit colour, an Intel Celeron 550MHz processor and 64MB of RAM. The hard disk is 6GB, which perhaps could be bigger, but this helps to keep costs down. This is supported by a 4MB Lynx 3DM graphics controller, 24x CD-ROM, internal 3.5in floppy drive, two USB slots and VGA-out port (for an external monitor).

Connectivity is provided by an integrated modem (RJ-11 socket), and support for one type II or one type III PC card means an Ethernet PC card can be added should you need to connect to a network.

Added benefits include touchpad control, programmable shortcut keys and bundled applications such as MS Works Suite 2000. There are built-in stereo speakers and headphone and microphone jacks.

Measuring 55mm high and with a stated weight of 3.15kg, the Solo 1150 CL is designed to be both aesthetically pleasing and easy to use. One drawback is the lack of parallel, serial and PS/2 ports, the latter for an external keyboard or mouse. However, since there are two USB ports, you can use a USB mouse and still have space for other devices.

Overall, a well-rounded entry-level unit that comes with Gateway's one-year return to base warranty.

Gateway Solo 1150 CL

Supplier: Gateway

Price: $2799

Phone: 1800 500 742

URL: www.gateway.com.au

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