Gateway's CX200X is our first tablet PC we have had the pleasure of evaluating. We'll show you if this jack-of-all-trades passes muster.
We invite you to take a moment to read our editorial on how the [H] Consumer Systems Evaluation program works.
As many of you might know, [H] Consumer doesn’t "review" personal computer systems; we evaluate the experiences they facilitate. We order the system the same as you would and weigh every aspect of the end-user experience. Not only does this give us a better idea of what hardware an end-user actually receives, it also allows us to obtain a more accurate picture of just how each company functions and treats its customers. As fast as PC hardware has become over the years, we think giving a personal computer "5 stars" based on how fast it ran a synthetic benchmark is simply irresponsible. We think service, support, and reliability are much more important factors in today's climate rather than speed. Fast is easily paid for, but purchasing and ownership satisfaction can be elusive regardless of price.
This evaluation is for one of our program’s veterans, Gateway. We’ve done two articles on Gateway thus far, which you can read here and here. Generally, our impressions and feelings about Gateway were very positive when we left those evaluations. Gateway struck us as standing out from the Tier I OEMs by building a very solid machine with good support. We looked at two gaming machines from their menu of solutions and we were very happy with how things turned out. This time we will take a look at one of their mobile solutions.
While prowess in gaming is a key feature of our program, we also like to test the overall utility of the machine, which is why we also feature the video encoding test and put so much emphasis on the general usability of the system. Gateway recently released a new line of systems, the CX200’s, which are Tablet PCs. Tablets represent the fusion between traditional data compilation and the power of computing. We’ll go into all of the slick features of this system very soon, but we purchased this system to see if a computer can bring together a person’s professional and recreational lifestyle. Thus, we bring you the CX200X.