I own many computers. I like computers. So when it’s time to buy a computer, my family and friends ask me. I always ask two questions: What is your budget and what will you do with it?
If people ask me which laptop they should buy, I normally don’t recommend the Eee because Linux is not right for everyone.
Honestly, you can go really far for $600, about the price of the 9 inch Eee PC. I would definitely take a look at Toshiba in that price range. You can get an Intel dual core processor with at least 1 GB of memory. You’ll definitely get a 15.4 inch wide screen display. If you want to splurge, get an entry level Apple Macbook for about $1100. Software will be more expensive.
If you’re looking for something lightweight, look for a laptop with a screen size of 14.1 inches or less. It will be a little more expensive due to the miniature size.
Again, the Eee PC and all it’s competitors might be a little too under-powered if you’re looking for a regular laptop.
If you are just looking to do email, browse the web, type up a light document, the Asus EEE PC 900 might be right for you. It’s runs Windows XP, 8.9 inch screen, and cost about $550. Don’t expect to edit your pictures because the processor is only a 900 Mhz Intel Celeron. You’re not going to multi-task or play any games.