I’m the first to admit that I’m quite a big Apple nerd, but first and foremost I’m a giant design nerd. So when I saw some preview images of the new Gateway One, I was fairly surprised and impressed. Gateway is (sort of) getting the clue that what people want in a computer is something that runs well and is well designed. The Gateway One is similar in for to the Apple iMacs, where the entire computer is kept behind the screen, making things nice and tidy. The front is a glossy black and the screen looks like it’s set flush to it. The back has a nice rounded shape and shiny metallic leg that keeps it propped up. So far so good.
But then I take a look at the keyboard and the mouse, and thought wait, they didn’t get everything right. Yeah the keyboard has some fancy piece of glass on it, but the keys look really bulky and awkward, like most PC keyboards. and the mouse is nice and glossy and black, but it looks like it’s trying to be cool, not just simple. And the weirdest part to me is the gigagntic TV remote that comes with it. Apple definitely got it right when it included the tiny remote that can attach to the side of your iMac. A TV remote of that size has no place with your computer.
I think overall they did a pretty snazzy job, but I think they only thought about the computer itself while ignoring the peripherals you actually touch on a daily basis. And none of this really matters in actuality, because it runs the horrible Windows Vista. Though I think that they’ve been doing things with Linux as well, so hopefully if you buy ‘THE ONE’, you can get a half decent operating system.