Thanks to one of our forum members, it’s being reported that Gateway will be discontinuing their Tablet PC line-up, which contains the CX Tablet PC, M285 tablet, the E-155C tablet and the C-140X tablet.
The user just bought a C-140X and was informed by one of Gateway’s sales representative that Gateway is no longer going to produce tablet notebooks. According to the sales rep, once the current stock of tablets are gone there will be no more and Gateway is projecting that to occur within the next few weeks.
We our still waiting to hear back from Gateway to confirm this information, but our source tells us this is true. No word on what this will mean for current Gateway tablet owners as far as warranty work or parts. It seems this decision comes from Acer buying out Gateway last month.
If you check Gateway’s website you are now limited to certain configurations that are left on the site. It looks as though they are only selling what they have left in stock. So, if you still want a Gateway tablet right now might be the time to buy. There is no word on what will happen if you place your order through MPC or if they will continue to sell Gateway tablets since it’s a different company that has taken over the business orders from Gateway.
Most users expected some kind of change from the Acer buy-out and think the Gateway tablets will still exist, but just be rebranded with the Acer logo. If you remember Acer used to have their own line-up of Tablet PCs. I really don’t see them just throwing in the towel on the entire line-up considering how popular the C-140X has been and all of the previous Gateway owners that exist.
I just received word from our Gateway representative that they have NO plans to discontinue their 14.1-inch model, which would be the C-140X Tablet PC. She stated: "Our convertible line – particularly our 14.1-inch model – has been very successful for us in our consumer direct channel, and we have no plans to discontinue it." Good news for the larger tablet line, but the word is the smaller 12-inch models will still be discontinued such as the C-120X, while the E-155 series has been sold off to MPC Corp. It seems the 12-inch models didn’t sell as well as anticipated.