Thanks for the response.
My choices were driven primarily by screen size. The 17" is a must as my eyes are not as young as they once were.
With that said, I have learned a very long time ago to avoid entry level offerings, which brings me to the above choices.
I have avoided HP computers in the past but due to recent exposures with a few of their laptops, I thought they had finally seen the light.
I was able to confirm your revelation that the Gateway does have the Express Card slot. Somehow I had missed that before.
Thanks for that.
The Gateway appears to be the better choice.