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The ’90s are back: Gateway laptops have been resurrected as Walmart exclusives

Remember Gateway laptops? If you grew up in the ’90s, they were probably the brand of your first laptop. Like a revival of your favorite childhood television show, the Gateway brand has been raised from the dead — cow imagery and all. The brand, which is owned by computer maker Acer, is making its own comeback with a line of new laptops, tablets, and convertibles that will be exclusive to Walmart.

So, what’s forcing these cows out of hibernation? For Gateway parent Acer, its about new silicon from Intel and AMD, including the successsul new mobile Ryzen 4000 processors.

“Gateway laptops are powered by Intel processors and AMD Ryzen Mobile Processors with Radeon Graphics,” the company said in a prepared statement, noting the power efficiency, performance, and responsiveness of these chips. “AMD Ryzen Mobile Processors with Radeon Graphics feature a powerful combination of processor and graphics technology for efficient and exceptional performance.”

In addition to the new processors, Gateway also name-dropped partners like THX, which delivers 7.1 spatial audio tuning, and Microsoft for its Windows 10 platform.

There will be several different laptop series available at launch, with the company promising even more models to come. Gateway will launch an Ultra Slim Laptop lineup, promising portability and balanced power, a 2-in-1 convertible that’s economically priced, and a more premium Creators Series aimed at gamers and creative professionals who dare sport Gateway branding on the lid.

The Creators Series come with 15.6-inch screens, and two models will encompass this lineup. The first model, which retails for $899, is powered by AMD’s six-core Ryzen 5 4600H processor alongside Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1650 graphics, while the second model relies on an Intel Core i5 processor and Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 graphics. Despite being targeted at PC enthusiasts, Gateway’s cows may be a bit sluggish, as neither model comes with Nvidia’s Super-branded GPUs. Both laptops are equipped with 8GB of memory and 256GB of storage in an all-black design, with THX audio tuning and THX display calibration.

Gateway’s convertible series is aimed at price-conscious back-to-school shoppers who need an economical Intel Celeron-powered device with an 11.6-inch display that can quickly transform between laptop and tablet. The $299 device comes with 4GB of memory, 64GB of storage, and one year of Microsoft 365 Personal access, along with 1TB of OneDrive cloud storage access.

Gateway’s Ultra Slim Laptop series features a variety of different options — ranging from budget AMD A4 and Intel Celeron processors to more powerful Ryzen and Core CPUs — that start at just $199. At the base price, you’re getting an 11.5-inch display with an A4 processor, giving it similar features to the convertible, while the most premium version retails for $649 and comes with a 15.6-inch display, Core i5 CPU, and 16GB of memory alongside 256GB of storage. The remaining models come with 14.1-inch displays, and you’ll find a variety of colors available for these notebooks, including black, purple, blue, and green.

Given the choices of affordable netbooks and Chromebooks already on the market from parent Acer , it’s unclear how successful Gateway will be after slapping its name on these models. Even if the pandemic forces a whole generation of students to study, work, and play from home, they’re likely too young to fall for the nostalgia of Gateway’s animal-print branding.


Boost Mobile Buyer’s Guide (October 2020)

Just about everyone knows the names of the “Big Four” top-tier wireless service providers: Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint. But, for every one of these major network operators there are a number of others with their own rates, customer service, and phone selection.These prepaid Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) license towers from the big names in the space.Let’s take a closer look at Boost Mobile and learn about it the brand, its rates, and features.About Boost MobileFollowing the Sprint and T-Mobile merger, DISH has acquired Boost Mobile. Boost Mobile operates in the United States with a nationwide CDMA/LTE network for coverage. It offers pre-paid rate plans which means no long term contracts or obligations.Taxes and fees are included and include unlimited talk, text, and data. Additionally, the come with mobile hotspot capabilities and unlimited music streaming.What deals does Boost offer? Boost Mobile offers a four-line rate plan for $100 when switching from another carrier. Each line gets unlimited data, talk, and text and provides for up to 1GB of hotspot.Which major prepaid carrier has the best $40 rate plan?What are Boost’s rate plans?Boost does not charge for going over your allotted data and taxes are included in the cost. Each plan comes with unlimited data, but only a set amount of it is high speed.$35/month: Unlimited talk, text and 3GB of high-speed data$35/month: Unlimited talk, text and 6GB of high-speed data (Walmart Exclusive)$50/month: Unlimited talk, text, and 35GB high-speed data w/ 12GB hotspot$60/month: Unlimited talk, text, and 35GB high-speed data w/ 30GB hotspotAlthough Boost offers multiple plans with “unlimited” data there are differences between each. Consumers can choose the option that works best for video and music, international calling, and customer service needs. For instance, some may not care whether video is streamed at 1080p or if audio is at 1.5Mbps.5 Plans Under $50Boost recently revised its plans to create five options which cost less than $50 per month. Each comes with its own amount of data and some of them are for new, in-store customers.$10/month: Unlimited talk, text, and 1GB 4G LTE, mobile hotspot (New in-store customers only)$15/month: Unlimited talk, text, and 2GB 4G LTE, mobile hotspot (New in-store customers only)$25/month: Unlimited talk, text, and 5GB 4G LTE, mobile hotspot (New customers only)$35/month: Unlimited talk, text, and 10GB 4G LTE, mobile hotspot$45/month: Unlimited talk, text, and 15GB 4G LTE, mobile hotspotThe $HRINK-IT! plan rewards subscribers for making on-time payments. The price drops five bucks after three payments; it drops another five after six payments. In short, you start out at $45/month and get to $35/month after paying your bill on time for half of a year.SEE: How to unlock your Sprint phoneCan I do multiple line accounts at Boost Mobile?Customers interested in family plans or multiple lines can do so with discounted pricing. As of today Boost Mobile offers a $20 discount when adding a line to one of the unlimited plans.There are currently two rate plans which offer Boost subscribers unlimited data, one for three-line accounts and one for four lines.Other Boost features and offeringsBoost Mobile provides a handful of extras (Boost Extras) to its customers, most of which can pair with the various rate plans. Details include international calling, extra data, HD video streaming, and phone insurance.Boost Mobile offers a $25 referral credit for anyone you have sign up for its service. Both get an account credit once your friend activates, pays for an eligible monthly plan and registers their new number.A Boost Perks mobile app lets customers save money with partner brands such as AMC, Papa John’s Sams’s Club, Costco, and others.What phones does Boost offer?Take a peek at the current lineup of Android phones offered through Boost and you’ll find familiar names from brands like LG, Samsung, and Motorola. There are also devices from the likes of Coolpad, ZTE, and Wiko, too.As we often see with a lot of prepaid providers, phone selection is a mixed bag, leaning more more toward affordability as opposed to performance. With that said, we do recognize there are some incredibly robust and current models, including the Samsung Galaxy S20.For those looking to save money there are also a handful devices which are certified pre-owned, meaning that although they were once used by someone else, they come with a guarantee/warranty.Can I use my own phone with Boost Mobile?You can often use your current CDMA phone, especially if it was previously paired with Sprint. Head to Boost’s website to check whether your specific model is supported. Also, we’re seeing a growing trend of unlocked phones with support for Sprint/Boost bands.

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