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PostPosted: Wed Dec 10, 2008 3:37 pm    Post subject: Alternative to thin client - Gateway E2000?

I was just looking on eBay and noticed a reseller has Gateway E2000 computers for sale. They are going (on average) for about $30-$40 plus shipping. They are about the same size as the HP thin client. I realize they have hard drives, so they would use a bit more electricity, but IMHO, these barebones units would run MagicJack great.

Load up a copy of XP Home, plug into your router, setup TeamViewer, plug in MJ and start talking!
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 10, 2008 4:50 pm    Post subject:

hmm 21lbs, i'd say they are quite a bit bigger than a thin client, less than 3lbs, that being said it still looks like it would be an exellent alternative.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 10, 2008 5:18 pm    Post subject:

Reviewers didn't like the E2000 much. From About.Com at http://pcworld.about.com/news/May302003id110956.htm
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This basic system is among the slowest we've tested. Adding up to 1GB of RAM and a faster processor may improve performance--but Gateway's E-4000 is a better option in any case.

Probably still good enough for MJ, though. Keep us posted if you get one.

Hmm, like this Sony more - but price will no doubt go way up: http://cgi.ebay.com/Sony-UMPC-VGN-UX280P-Micro-PC-Netbook-MID-Touch-Screen_W0QQitemZ170286259603QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLaptops_Nov05?hash=item170286259603&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=66%3A2%7C65%3A15%7C39%3A1%7C240%3A1318
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 10, 2008 5:42 pm    Post subject: Re: Alternative to thin client - Gateway E2000?

newtoncd wrote:
I was just looking on eBay and noticed a reseller has Gateway E2000 computers for sale. They are going (on average) for about $30-$40 plus shipping. They are about the same size as the HP thin client. I realize they have hard drives, so they would use a bit more electricity, but IMHO, these barebones units would run MagicJack great.

Load up a copy of XP Home, plug into your router, setup TeamViewer, plug in MJ and start talking!


I had them in my school back in the day... But, whats the use? I mean if your getting a regular computer i reccomend a few dells on ebay...
item 280291955823 - throw in a CF card and your good
item 270309085761 - all ready to go!

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 10, 2008 10:15 pm    Post subject:

You could use one of those Gateways or any other desktop PC. One of the big selling points of the thin clients is the very low power usage. You are not likely going to find a desktop that can get anywhere near that power usage.

If that's not a concern, then I would suggest the smaller Dell Kumar posted.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 10, 2008 11:11 pm    Post subject:

Oops i forgot to mention power, but implied it by posting those ebay items..... the e2000 is a beast when it comes to power.. and its HUGE.. I remember having them in school and them being a PITA.... But that's just my opinion. You could also try tampering with an ATA....


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 11, 2008 2:40 am    Post subject:

Saying the E2000 is a power beast and HUGE ... are we talking about the same thing???:

http://cgi.ebay.com/C122D-Gateway-E2000-2-2-GHz-80GB-512MB-CD-ROM_W0QQitemZ350137572400QQcmdZViewItemQQptZDesktop_PCs?hash=item350137572400&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=72%3A1205|66%3A2|65%3A12|39%3A1|240%3A1318|301%3A1|293%3A1|294%3A50

or http://www.ebay.com item number 350137572400
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 11, 2008 3:30 am    Post subject:

Here are the specs right from the link in your post, 21.9lbs...its gonna be a brick.


Screen size n/a
Processor 2.2 Celeron
HDD 80 GB
Memory 512 MB
Optical drive 1 CD-ROM
Ports USB, PS/2, VGA, Audio, Ethernet, Serial, Parallel
Operating System None
AC Adapter n/a
Battery n/a
Testing notes Boots to Bios
Condition COA Sticker Windows 2000 Pro
Weight 21.9 LBS
Notes COA Sticker is Included. This auction is Represented By A Stock Photo. Stand is Included with PC.
Additional Info Our auctions are "as-is" unless otherwise noted. Accessories, manuals, documentation and/or software are not included, unless noted in the description. Everything shown in the photo is included in this auction.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 11, 2008 12:46 pm    Post subject:

Understand, it will be heavy, but from the photos it "appears" the enclosure looks to be just a bit bigger than the HP thin client. I got my T5710 for $84 and upgraded the memory to 512MB for $15, which puts the overall initial cost about the same.

When I saw the E2000, my thought was, yes, it would use more electricity than the thin client (which is why I purchased a thin client to begin with), but for $29 plus shipping, it seemed like a pretty good deal. Obviously, this is before an OS install, which depending on your source, adds to the cost.

But, despite the weight, I cannot find the dimensions of the unit on Gateway's site and there is very little info about the unit on the web.

I don't know the specifics, but I guess if the unit has a hard drive, a CPU fan (vice heat sink) and a case fan, it will drive up the electricity and probably not make it worth the investment, I just thought based on the appearance (i.e. enclosure about the same size as the TC), it was an interesting concept.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 11, 2008 6:15 pm    Post subject:

It appears there are Desktop and Compact versions of the E2000.

I think the photo you are seeing is for the Compact, and that that is not what they are selling.

I can't find a really good photo, but compare that one to the one at this link: http://jgcomps.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=GWE2000&Category_Code=
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