Both have a lot of plastic.
Gateway seems to be on a slippery slide to a bad place. If you were a gambling type, you may find their product for cheap real soon.
While I've never had any bad issues with the Gateway products in many years, my crystal ball isn't clear about their future. They didn't collect many patents and as such are feeling some pain as they can't barter with their own.
How do these two machines match-up? The 200X is available at Office Depot, 512 Ram/1.4 M/14"
for what appears a decent price. I know the Thinkpad is more expensive with the same specs. How about the cases. I heard the Gateway is all plastic. Is that true for the IBM, too? Any thoughts would be appreciated.