Gateway is focusing on mass market retailers; according to Reuters "Gateway sales to Best Buy represent 39% of net sales during the year ended December 31, 2006." I know of Gateway since 1992 when I purchased only Gateway Desktop at my division. Business condition for Gateway has since been "struggling". This has nothing to do with the quality of Gateway products.
Laptop sales have been on the rise in the last two year. It is not uncommon to see a family of four having four laptops. Thanks to DSL and Cable internet connectivity, American families are emailing to each other sitting right at home. May be I exaggerate a bit here, but I don’t think I am far off. A good example is the low price of laptop today. This Gateway MT3705 packs with Dual Core and a few nice features is priced at ~$600. At the time of my purchase, a free printer was included in the price.
The top is covered with black aluminum facing in satin finish making it difficult to photograph. It's better than plastic from other brands.
In short, the MT3705 has very nice features; Duo Core T2060, 2x512 PC4200, 100GB HDD, 1280x800 display, wireless network, DVD R/W double layer etc.
What I did not find but found equally important are video out and built in microphone. They are inexpensive, and should make this laptop more "complete".