Gateway rides Comet back into UK

Widens eMachines availability too

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Gateway is to return to the UK PC market, the company said today.

The company has had a foot in the UK market for a 18 months or so, thanks to its acquisition of eMachines, which has been selling PCs here since 2000. Gateway itself quit the UK four years ago.

Gateway will offer notebook and desktops systems through UK High Street electronics retailer Comet. It also said eMachines-branded kit would soon go on sale in Staples stores.

Gateway's initial line-up of own-brand machines comprises two desktop systems, a notebook and a pair of LCD monitors, one 17in, the other 19in.

The desktops are the 710GB and the 524GB, the former based on Intel's dual-core 2.8GHz Pentium D 820 CPU, the latter on the chip giant's 3.2GHz Pentium 4 640. Gateway touted both machines' support for 64-bit processing.

The £590 710GB is based on a "tool-free" BTX case and chassis. It's built around an Intel 945G chipset. The chipset's integrated GMA950 graphics core nabs up to 224MB of the machine's 1GB 533MHz DDR 2 SDRAM. There's a 320GB Serial ATA hard drive on board, plus seven USB 2.0 ports, three Firewire ports, Gigabit Ethernet and an eight-in-one memory card reader.

The 524GB will retail for £490. It incorporates Intel's 915G chipset, with 250GB of SATA storage, 512MB of dual-channel DDR SDRAM, seven USB 2.0 ports, three Firewire ports and an eight-in-one memory card reader. Optical storage comes courtesy of a dual-layer capable DVD±RW unit, as per the 710GB.

The £999 8550GB notebook provides a 17.1in widescreen display driven by an ATI Mobility Radeon X700 chip with 128MB of VRAM. The notebook is based on a 1.73GHz Pentium M 740. It contains 1GB of DDR 2 SDRAM, a 100GB HDD and a dual-layer capable DVD±RW unit. It also includes Gigabit Ethernet, S-Video out, 802.11g WLAN support and a four-in-one card reader. ®