Date: September 16th, 2004
Article by: Nathan Glentworth
(Owner, Head Editor & Hardware Reviewer)
Product was donated by: Gateway
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GATEWAY CORPORATE PROFILE
Founded in 1985 in an Iowa farmhouse, Gateway has grown
into one of America's best known brands with millions of satisfied customers.
Starting with a $10,000 loan guaranteed by his grandmother, a rented
computer and a three-page business plan, Ted Waitt turned Gateway into
a revolutionary company whose innovations helped shape the technology
The company — previously called Gateway 2000 — received
national acclaim in 1991 when it introduced its distinctive cow-spotted
boxes, a tribute to its farm heritage. In 1993, it cracked the Fortune
500 and went public, trading on the NASDAQ before moving its stock to
the New York Stock Exchange in 1997. The following year, Gateway shifted
its head office from North Sioux City, South Dakota, to the San Diego
In March 2004, the company acquired eMachines, one of
the world's fastest growing and most efficient PC makers, in a transaction
valued at the time of the announcement at $235 million. Details surrounding
Gateway's new channel and brand strategy are anticipated soon.
Gateway, since its earliest days, has pioneered numerous
industry trends and practices. It was the first PC company to offer
systems with color monitors as standard, the first to offer a standard
three-year warranty and the first to commercially explore convergence
of the PC and television. It was one of the nation's early "bricks and
clicks" retailers, and it was among the first direct retailers to sell
its own branded consumer electronics with the launch of the highly successful
Gateway® Plasma TV.
As Gateway pushes into new frontiers, it remains dedicated
to its original objective of helping people improve their lives through
With DVD media and player sales booming in recent years,
the mighty consumer dollar is telling electronic manufacturers that
DVD audio and video is now the controlling standard in the home entertainment
market and will remain in control for quite some time. Now don't get
me wrong, VCRs are still very popular due to there cassette legacy,
but users are getting tired of the older inferior technology. Let's
just sum it up as saying they are not being kicked out of the market
because of their relative bulk and poor audio/visual quality quite yet,
but they are certainly being handed their hat.
Until recently, home based video recording in the livingroom
has been still mired in the older VCR standard. But in the last 8-10
months, home theater DVD recorders are starting to make their way into
the market in a big way and prices are falling at an incredible rate
as more and more manufacturers scramble to take hold and grasp the new
home theater recording standard with their specific product.
What I will be reviewing today is Gateway's foray into
the affordable home based DVD recorder market with the AR-230. With
every feature of a standard DVD player, a TV tuner and a DVD burner
all in one neat and easy to use package, you might want to check out
this review to see just how easy DVD recording can be.
I'll let you into a secret, it is even easier than recording
with a VCR.....no joke.