My 2.5 year old Compaq c500 wasn't really cutting it anymore. The screen is too small and it spends too much time at boot and shutdown, being a Vista system.
So I decided to upgrade and sell off the Compaq.
I bought this Gateway based on features and a cnet review. It was $620 out the door at a nearby outlet Best Buy. I could have bought similar laptops from HP or Dell at similar prices, but there would have been quite a wait to receive either.
The features I wanted:
A BETTER touch-pad
So far I seem to have gotten just what I wanted plus more. The wireless seems very strong, picking up signals from far away. I'm really only interested in a surfing and writing machine, with perhaps the ability to do some light multi-tasking.
There seems to be virtually no heat produced while surfing.
Bloatware was very minimal. I was able to uninstall Norton and install AVG easily.