The Asus Eee PC is the greatest Asus accomplishment yet. Of course it's not a MacBook Air, but the price doesn't compare, either. My Eee PC is a slightly older model, because I was a little short on cash. Since a newer model had just appeared, I brought it on sale for a mere $280, although the newest models are $350 on average. The newest model's components include the following:
Intel Atom N475 (1.83GHz)1GB DDR3 RAM, 1 SODIMM Slot, 2GB Max; Intel GMA 3150 graphics, 250GB SATA Hard Drive (5400RPM) + 500GB Free Web Storage; 0.3MP Webcam10.1-Inch 1024X600 WSVGA Matte Finish LED Display; 802.11 b/g/n; Bluetooth 3.0; Chiclet Keyboard, 6 cell battery for up to 13 Hours of Battery Life; Windows 7 Starter Operating System (32 bit)
Although some worry about the speed, the Eee PC is faster than many Laptops I have used. Storage is not a problem, either because Asus provides a 500 GB web storage for free, as well as the 250 GB in the computer. with the Eee PC you'll be done with external hard drives, you just back it up on the web storage. Your system can also be recovered easily by pressing f9 three times during startup. Windows starter is great, although its pretty boring (you can't change the display features) it runs very smooth. The other thing people worry about is the screen size, but once you get used to the 10.1 inch screen, you don't like using a larger one. As for having no DVD writer; who uses them with the internet today anyway? But If you are a gamer, the Eee PC is a definite NO.