Maybe the price was different last night, but today there is a $200 difference. To me that does not justify purchasing the HP because it has a faster hard drive. Trying ot compare the laptops it seems that the HP is better, but again you will have to think is it worth the $200 difference.
What the HP has but the Gateway does not:
- A remote control
- Intergrated mic and webcam
- A slightly better graphics card
- A faster (but smaller) hdd
- A memory card reader that reads xD
- And a second headphone jack
What the Gateway has but the HP does not:
- A larger (but slower) hdd
- Windows XP MCE 2005
Is this worth a $200 price difference to you? I could care less (just me personally) for the webcam and mic,and the memorycard reader reading xD. I would assume that the graphics cards will perform similar, however I am not sure, look at benchmarks. This will only be important if you game though. That leaves the second headphone jack, the remote control, and the faster hdd. The second headphone jack can be done by use of a splitter, they are pretty cheap and can be purchased almost everywhere. The remote control is a nice feature, and putting one on the Gateway will cause something to stick out of it (usb dongle or a cardbus card).
Now for the hard drive. What I would do is buy the Gateway, and buy a faster hard drive and a usb enclosure for the one inside the Gateway. I am not sure what interface the Gateway but here are some hard drives that may be able to replace them: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...ubCategory=380
Most of them stay under $150. These external enclosures will allow you to use the existing hard drive (assuming it is ide) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...+drive&Ntk=all
I would still go with the Gateway, and just upgrade the hard drive. It will cost about the same, and it is real simple to do.