I just bought an Asus EEE mini-note
It was a difficult decision, for Asus has so many models available. Even narrowing it down to the smallest models made it no easier.
The decision to buy came with an email blast from The Source, the Canadian subsidiary of Circuit City that used to be known as Radio Shack. The email boasted prices as low as $300 -- my kind of price. I eagerly surveyed the details at their Web site, and was immediately overwhelmed and dismayed.
Overwhelmed, because there were so many models available. Different colors, different combos... a dozen or more choices.
Dismayed because none were in stock.
As I examined the details, I realized that the $300 models had serious shortcomings:
just 2GB SSD (solid state drive)
no bundled extras.
This last item was important, because I recalled the model that Staples was selling for $400 had these features:
The extras were well worth the extra $100:
highspeed 4GB SD memory card
Neopreen slip-on carrying case
three-button rollerwheel mouse
I bought the 4G model, and found that the 4GB SSD is necessary, for just over 3GB is used by the Linux operating system. Makes me wonder how the 2GB SSD model makes do.
There is also the 4G Surf model, which sounds more impressive but isn't. It lacks the integrated Webcam and the Reset hole.