Gateway Solo 9550xl

Desktop replacement boasts a huge 15.7-inch screen

WHAT'S HOT: The Solo 9550xl is a large, powerful desktop replacement equipped with a roomy 40GB hard drive and a vast 15.7-inch screen. Its impressive set of multimedia connections includes an IEEE 1394 port, a composite TV-out connection, and a Toslink optical S/PDIF connection that provides 5.1 Dolby Digital audio. The 9550xl's removable optical drive, a DVD-ROM/CD-RW combination unit in our test machine, can be swapped out for a second battery or a second hard drive. Controls on the front of the case, including a dedicated power button, let you use the 9550xl as a stand-alone CD player. Gateway even provides two sets of volume control buttons: one on the front that you can use with the lid closed and another above the keyboard.

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