Gateway computers were a common site at PC stores in the 1990s and early 2000s before eventually disappearing into computer history after Acer acquired the company and eventually retired the brand.
Now Gateway is back. Sort of.
Acer has introduced a new line of Gateway-branded laptops and tablets that are exclusively available from Walmart.
Update 9/16/2020: Acer owns the Gateway brand, but the company isn’t actually producing these new laptops. See below for more details.
I first started running across these new Gateway PCs a few days ago when searching for products to include in Liliputing’s Daily Deals posts, but I wasn’t really sure what to make of them. But now Acer is making things official.
According to a press release, there will be 11 new devices at launch, with most models focused on providing entry-level and mid-range hardware for affordable prices. But there are also a few high-end devices.
Here’s a run-down of the Acer/Gateway/Walmart launch lineup. Note that some models aren’t yet available for purchase, and while the MSRP prices are listed, some models are already on sale for as much as $300 off the list price.
- 8″ Android Tablet (MSRP: $70) 800X1280 IPS, A50, 1GB/32GB
- 10.1″ Android Tablet (MSRP: $80) 800X1280 IPS, A50, 1GB/32GB
- 11.6″ Ultra Slim Laptop (MSRP: $200) w/AMD A4-9120e, 4GB / 64GB
- 11.6″ Windows 2-in-1 Laptop (MSRP: $300) w/Intel Celeron N3350, 4GB / 64GB (Includes 1 year Microsoft 365 Personal)
- 14.1″ Ultra Slim Laptop (MSRP: $240) w/Intel Celeron, 4GB / 64GB (Includes 1 year Microsoft 365 Personal)
- 14.1″ Ultra Slim Laptop (MSRP: $430) w/AMD Ryzen 3 3200U, 4GB / 128GB
- 14.1″ Ultra Slim Laptop (MSRP: $460) w/Intel Core i3-1005G1, 4GB / 128GB
- 14.1″ Ultra Slim Laptop (MSRP: $600) w/Intel Core i5, 16GB/ 256GB
- 15.6″ Ultra Slim Laptop (MSRP: $650) w/Intel Core i5-1035G1, 16GB / 256GB
- 15.6″ Laptop (MSRP: $900) w/AMD Ryzen 5 4600H / 8GB / 256GB, NVIDIA 1650 GTX GPU
- 15.6″ Creators Series Laptop (MSRP: $1200) w/Intel Core i5, 8GB / 256GB, NVIDIA 2060 RTX GPU
I don’t know if the Gateway brand is actually a selling point for anybody anymore.
But these are basically Acer laptops in all but name (and cow-colored logo).
Update: Actually it turns out that these laptops are produced by a Chinese company and imported to the US by budget laptop company EVOO to be sold under Acer’s Gateway brand. That’s probably not great news if you were hoping for a high quality product.
This article was originally published on September 11, 2020 and last updated on September 16, 2020.