Probably any day now. Back-to-school shopping will be the next big push, now that the bogus Christmas In July celebration has been put to rest.
PHANTON2222, do yourself a favor: DON'T BUY GATEWAY/ACER. This stuff is unadulterated garbage and their Customer Service is the pits! Just read the posts on this forum over the last few months.
Before you buy ANY computer, decide your primary uses (school, small business) what you need in terms of processor spe~ed, hard drive capacity, features (Blu-tooth, Blue Ray DVD, fingerprint recognition), etc. and how much you're willing to spend. Consult Consumer Reports and CNET for product reviews and recommendations from editors and consumers. After a miserable Gateway experience, I'd recommend Toshiba Satellite, Sony VAIO and HP. At all costs, avoid Gateway/Acer (they're the same awful company) and and they treat consumers with contempt and a total lack of respect and responsiveness.
I have to disagree with you on a few points. 1) HP is a piece of poo. As an IT worker, we called them Packard H e l l s for a reason. Their desktops and laptops are very hard to work on and they use inferiour internal components, which is why they are so cheap. 2)Gateway makes a great computer as well as Sony (more entertainment based) and Dell as well. I'm currently working on a Dell after giving my Gateway to my mom because I up graded from a 15" to a 17". I'm just not sure out purchasing from HSN. I'm now an educator and get employee pricing from Dell, so I went that route, but HSN does off some great packages you can't get anywhere else. 3) I agree about buying an Acer, although mabe by Gateway, inferior parts are used to lower the cost of the unit. 4) Know your needs. I know I needed a laptop that would last me for years longer and serve as a desktop replacement since I'm in grad school again. My gateway desktop is still going strong 9 years after I custome ordered it with higher processor speed, huge memory, large hard drive, and features for my school work, not bells and wistles that were just icing I didn't need like games and software that ups the price like you wouldn't believe. 5)HSN does have very good packages, but they do not come with MS Office 07, so be sure you know that you will have to add that on through another company. Their payment options, without credit reporting financing, is wonderful. The should be doing one since school is comming back in session and Windows 7 is rolling out this fall, but Windows 7 is new so be prepared for issues with it as always with a 1st edition of an OS. 6) Saturday the 25th looks like a Gateway TSV since their show is the 12-1am slot. I just looked ahead on the calendar.
I love both my Gateways and my Dell. Toshiba is also a great company because they were the pioneers into the laptop field and did things right from the beginning. I'm sure the Gateway TSV will be an awesome package. I know that some people have had issues with their Gateways in the past, but remember to be patient with customer service, if you can't understand their English, ask for another represenative that speaks better English, don't forget to search for great MS Office pricing at places like S A M' s or C O S T C O or even HSN (I haven't looked to see if they carry it, but it would be nice if the TSV came with it since it is a must for school.), get a WIFI printer (I just love printing my grad school papers from the couch without getting up everytime (I have a Lexmark), and most importantly, be happy with your purchase by using it extensivily within your return period so you work out the kinks!!! That is what makes HSN better than other places you buy computers from! Have a wonderful summer!
The Gateways of old were good machines. Today they are Acers with a different nameplate. As for their customer support, they all speak good English because they are in Canada. They may speak good, but they don't know squat. I've spoken to them enough to be an expert.
Computers are not Sony's strong suit. They are overpriced and don't tend to be longlived. Mine croaked one week after the warranty ran out.
Like a couple of posters have said, sit down and make a list of what you need. It will make it easier for you to pick the right computer for you.
As for Microsoft Office, you can buy the Home and Office edition for around $125. It comes with three licenses. I shared it with my two boys, so we each got a full copy for $42 each. It is sold everywhere from Walmart to Office Depot, Sam's, Costco, etc.
Or, you can download Open Office for FREE. It works almost as good as MS Office. It allows you to open any Office document from elsewhere or anyone using Office can open a document you have created in Open Office.
I got a Gateway desktop from HSN back when XP first came out and its still going strong without any issues. I had an HP desktop and printer before that and they both were awful. Will never buy anything HP. I have a Dell laptop and the battery needs replacing after only a year never liked Dell but they were the only company still selling the XP which I like so got it anyway. Wish it was a Gateway. I also have the Acer netbook its pretty good but the sound has gone out on me. It crackles and skips. If I get another laptop it will be a Gateway.
after reading all these posts and also on qvc it just tells me that we all have our favorites that have worked for each of us and to say all gateways are garbage ( I have had numerous gateways and been happy with each my daughter has an hp loves it and i have an acer netbook love it and i had two sony vaio desktops great and a sony laptop crappy battery and cord very short and it got too hot yet the picture was great ect. ect. ....guess it's just the luck of the draw but i have to say that if you go on qvc's forums they have wayyy more people complaining about Dell we seem to only have the same few on here complaining about acer/gateway they have sold thousands and we have just a few big complainers, i do understand complaining thats part of what a forum is for but not all of us feel the same all companies have the same issues just look around not one computer company has all great reviews just m2cents worth.