which ever one you pick try to get windows xp or windows 7 home premium on the laptop. Windows 7 starter edition is a real drag. I personally have an asus model and it's been very good to me. If this is something your going to use a lot I would suggest looking at models with a 1366x768 screen, makes a big difference on how things will look.
It's really more of a backup than anything. It won't be my main computer and it's more for email and internet with the occasional word processing. It will also be used as a main if I travel which is not often. Hence the 10 incher is fine with me though thank you for the suggestion of the 12 inch. I actually saw an 11 incher as well.
I would love to have xp on it and it is available but it seems that I can only get the 160gb version on xp and I would like to get the 250gb version in case I do start putting a lot of stuff on there (just thinking ahead).
My father actually got the 1005HE and I got the chance to try it last night. It has windows 7 starters on it but it seems ok. I would use firefox or chrome anyways on something like this so it uses less memory.
well keep in mind that these things are limited to 2GB of memory in most models. windows 7 has a much larger foot print then xp. Ultimately it is your choice. but I would take xp and a 160GB HD over win7 and a 250GB HD any day.
plays back standard def video fine, ( I use it to watch movies while on the treadmill) and it's pretty rugged as I just throw it in my gym bag. It works well enough with just the 1GB of memory so I haven't bothered to upgrade. I left most of the preloaded stuff on there and it boots up using only 205MB of memory. Also has a nice non glossy screen.