M675 MCE Possibility
For all interested, I contacted Gateway about the inclusion of Microsoft's Media Center Edition with the Gateway M675. I was told its in the "Pipeline" although no date was given as to be expected (Stock owners, etc). I need a comp soon and I did mention in a prior post that I was comparing to HP's zd7000 series, there is a considerable difference in price between the HP and Gateway with nearly the same configuation, nearly $400 to be exact.
The Gateway rep also told me they would be competitive with other vendors so anyone considering the Gateway may want to take this into consideration. Go to www.hp.com
and configure the zd7000 with the same componants as you would the M675. I configured the HP with Media Center with a price of $2,324.00 with $100 off rebate, the Gateway came to $2,698.00 with the NOSHIP coupon code. Considerable difference and might be worth the comparison on the call to Gateway. Let them know of the price point difference and who knows, it may save you a few pretty pennies, erm, many dollars.
I am holding out for the the M675 with MS Media Center, I think it will make for a more rounded machine as I would like the components to be internal without the need for extra items on my desk such as the Pinnacle solution. Maybe I'm asking too much although I think we will see many more machines soon with its inclusion.
Romo and others, also wanted to thank you for your imput.