Gateway NV5929u or HP dv6 2150us

I can buy a Gateway NV5929u (i5-430m) at MicroCenter $549 or HP dv6 2150us (i3-330m) at Staples $579. Purpose: kid going to college (general use; engineering, etc.).

HP is a top seller and Gateway is not (not for a long time).

Opinions on Gateway quality?? Specs. are better but if the fit/finish is poor then money is wasted.

Thank you for your thoughts.

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  1. At least one reviewer though the dv6-2150us was a poor choice.
    But it did get more generous reviews from actual owners

    HP Pavilion dv6-2150us review
    Another HP Pavilion dv6-2150us review

    Gateway NV59xx review note the model reviewed not identical to the model you're looking at.
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