Funny thing is...emachine and gateway were both purchased by Acer. This is the same system you will get with the Acer name on it for $100 more and the gateway for $150-200 more lol. besides....I am not able to afford a custom laptop system. All she will do with it is mainly openoffice, surf the web, a bit of music, and at absolute most, Dungeons and Dragons Online, which it should do easily. Plus, from what I have read of consumer review, while it isn't a super gaming system, it will do what she needs. We have two custom built desktops as primary use anyway, this is just something portable for her to use at the coffee shop to work on her books and the like. As an added bonus, for $60 more, I can get an extended warranty that covers it for 2 yrs after the manufacturer's warranty expires...even if I run it over with a truck it will be covered for full replacement. If we get it and get 2 or 3 yrs of use out of it...it will be worth it.