I would go for quality, amoung other things, reliability, price, warranty (extended), and everything else, life-span of the notebook. If I had this kind of a choice, I would go for a Dell. They are far reliable than a Gateway. Not just for the brand name, but in reputation. The notebooks from Gateways have some issues with thier hinges that holds the screen up...which tends to crack and break. Others suffer from overheating and die as a result. Sure, like all other notebooks, Dell has some similar cases, but the ratio is more Gateways than Dell.

To make this short....Go for a Dell.

Hope that this helps and good luck.