Are you still watching the television the airwaves or cable programmers deign to provide you? For Shame! You need to get with the Multimedia future, my friend. As it so happens, I’m standing very close to a pair of Multimedia-ready machines right now. Gateway makes some of the best PCs on the market, and our Quality Refurbished models are a great way to get a ridiculously affordable bang for your buck.

The Gateway GT5228 Refurbished Desktop PC is designed to be your one stop Multimedia Shop. And because it comes running Windows XP Media Center Edition and powered by an AMD 64 X2 4200+ Dual Core 2.2GHz processor, it’s well equipped to accomplish it’s intended function. This Refurbished Desktop Computer has everything you’d ever want in a PC designed to showcase your movies, digital photography, and other online content. From the Dual Layer DVD burner to an extensive Flash Media Reader array integrated right into the front of the tower, this PC is built for function (although it looks pretty, too). It’s also got a very respectable 2GB of DDR2 memory. Now how much would you pay?

The innards of the Gateway GT5228 Multimedia PC are spacious and accomodating.All the usable ports in the world don’t matter if they’re mounted on the back of the PC. That’s why I like this particular Gateway model: There’s nothing less than two USB 2.0 ports, 2 FireWire connections, audio ins/outs, and the aforementioned Flash Media reader right where you need them most, on the front of the tower. When you open this PC up, you’ll find that along with a sizable heat sink (this is not a weakling processor) there’s an open PCI-Express x16 slot. That makes this computer an excellent candidate for someone who’s looking to build a budget gaming rig.

I don’t have to explain how cool Windows Media Center is, do I? Well, for the uninitiated, this Multimedia intensive version of Windows XP is specifically designed to make sending pictures, movies, even television programs to (and from!) your PC as painless and easy as possible. Put the Gateway GT5228 in your living room or keep it all to yourself. We won’t blame you either way. Unless you pass on this kind of a deal, that is.

Want to have your Media Center way on someone else’s TV? You’ll have to take your Gateway with you. On second thought, perhaps you’d be better off choosing the Gateway MX6956 Refurbished Laptop PC. It also comes running Windows XP Media Center Edition, and packs the hardware to back its operating system up in spades. Combine the Intel Centrino Core Duo 1.6GHz T2050 processor with 1GB of DDR2 memory and you’ve got an impressive little laptop for less than $500.00 bucks!

And it is portable. The 15-Inch Widescreen LCD screen is considered one of the best LCD displays in this Gateway’s price range. And it’d better be: with a Dual Layer DVD burner and 160GB of Hard Disk Space, you’ll be watching movies, video and webisodes until the cows come home (Sorry, that was a Gateway-related pun). If you get tired of watching your Multimedia content on the Laptop’s screen, use the VGA or S-video out to display your favorite flick or digital photo on a larger TV or Monitor.

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