you didn't get a virus because you bought a netbook instead of a laptop, or because you were running xp instead of 7. you got a virus because you did not exercise enough caution in your browsing or file sharing. i am well aware netbooks do not include dvd drives, and if at some point i've got to reformat my hd, i will simply use an external drive via usb. this is not a difficult problem to overcome.
your points about the speed, screen size, small amount of ram, and dvd drive are accurate, and if i were wavering between buying a netbook or a laptop perhaps they would have convinced me to go with a much larger and more expensive laptop. too bad i'm not even close to wavering. buying a netbook fills a specific purpose, and rarely are they primary computers, especially for people posting in a place like tom's forums.
finally, how did you justify saying that the eee pc is one of the better choices? do you have some benchmarks or reviews that i didn't see? did you own one (in which case, you just told me that you didn't like it)?
i'm looking for substantive information about the netbook i linked to. i'm looking for reviews, benchmarks, personal preferences, and any tips on pricing or special deals.
Asus Eee PC's are some of the best netbooks out there. Yours looks like a very nice choice. http://janatanews.com/asus-eee-pc-1001px-review/487/
That's the main review I can find. Rest assured though, Eee pc's are great. If you're looking for a netbook, go for this one.