I bought two of these for Christmas for my girlfriend and her 14 year old daughter (part of my cunning plan to regain access to my desktop PC). When I first started researching netbooks I was impressed by the spec:
- 10.1" screen (1024x600)
- Intel Atom N280 processor
- 1GB RAM
- 250GB HDD
- 0.3MP Webcam
- Windows 7 Starter Edition
- Ethernet, USB 2.0, headphone and microphone connectors
- SD card
- Up to 8.5 hour battery life
I used www.pricespy.co.nz to find the cheapest price, which was an importer called Computer Direct:
This worked out at $672 (inc GST) for the model with the black case ($648 inc GST for cash). Blue, pink and white are also available but usually at a higher price.
The netbooks came boxed but didn't include any kind of case. Several shops in NZ (Noel Leeming, JB Hifi, Dick Smith, Warehouse Stationery, etc) sell soft cases for 10.1" netbooks which they claim offer protection, but I wanted something more substantial (especially for the 14 year old). I ended up ordering from Amazon.com as I couldn't find any locally:
10.1-Inch Ruby Red Netbook Kroo Carrying Case (Red) US$13.99
Kroo Eva Pink Carrying Case for 10.1-Inch Netbook US$16.95
Both are well made and offer a harder case with decent protection. They also have various pockets for power supplies, memory cards, etc.
I found a car charger on Trademe for $32.99.
So far we've been very impressed. I spent some doing the initial setup and downloading Windwos 7 updates so they'd be ready for Christmas Day, but since then they haven't required any maintenance.
The 1 GB RAM can be replaced with 2 GB if you need a performance boost, and Windows 7 Starter edition includes an option to upgrade to Home edition (think it's about $US60 but don't rely on this), but we're just seeing how it goes for now.
Hope this is helpful. If I find any problems or useful tips I'll post them here.