The Netbook bandwagon has become the netbook big rig truck. It seems everyone has a netbook these days. They’re all about the same price and have almost the same specs. For about $350, you get a 10 inch, 1.6 Ghz Intel Atom, 1GB, 160GB hard drive, running Windows XP Home.
The problem is that all the manufacturers are making the same thing with no product differientiation. When it comes to netbooks, I think of 3 brands, Asus, MSI, and Acer. Since everything else is the same, the keyboard and battery life is a huge factor when it comes to picking out the right one. Unfortunately, there isn’t a place that lets you have any hands on time with the netbooks.
So my recommendations:
If you’re looking for something a little bigger, I would wait for the Lenovo S12. It’s a 12 inch, Atom powered netbook with the Nvidia ION GPU. ION brings 1080P capabilities to a netbook. That also means it can handle games at a decent frame rate. Read about it here.