CYaBro: And I also don't think they should be able to give us an Asus model that is much older, bigger and heavier than the HP we were expecting.
That's a very important point. Many people are buying these things because of their compact size. Size is one of the major ways the HP and ASUS ranges have evolved over time. HN were offering a late-model, small-sized HP netbook at $288. They are really obligated to offer the same thing (late model and similar sized) as a substitute or they do open themselves up to possible Commerce Commission action.