Pros Great for messaging and surfing on the go,
Cons Difficult to get one, hard to do serious work, lacks 3G or EVDO connectivity
Summary For messaging and surfing on the go or in your easy chair, this little notebook is hard to beat. It stays cool, feels good in your hands, and it's pretty quiet to boot. And speaking of booting, it's ready to rock in about 20 seconds.
I have one that I'm using on a project for my consulting company, and so far I've been pretty happy with it. In addition to messaging and surfing I also use remote desktop on it to gain access to my servers in an emergency. This is WAY better than a smart phone for this--you can actually get work done. And having SharePoint available to you in a meeting without lugging your laptop around is killer.
It's hard to beat for its light weight. I toss it in my backpack and forget about it until I need it; I can't say that about my XPS m1330 when I'm carrying that one instead. When I'm online in a coffee shop, people are constantly coming over to ask what it is.
I don't think the lack of hard drive space is necessarily a bad thing, provided you "keep your room clean". If you use an online file storage service (or network attached storage at home), just save your work there. And if you set up your home PC so that you can access it via remote desktop, then the lack of local storage isn't an issue at all--and much safer if the Eee PC should get lost or stolen.
While the speakers may be a bit tinny, they're actually better than most laptops I've used, and they put out a surprising amount of volume. I keep mine set below 50%. After installing Quicktime, I was surprised how good video looks and sounds on this unit. If you do a lot of digital photography, this is one handy addition to your camera bag, especially if you use MMC or SD memory.
On my model, the keyboard sometimes has trouble registering a keypress, but other units I've tested work fine, so I suspect mine may have had a hard life before I got it.
The screen size is a bit of a problem; not in it's horizontal resoluton but in it's vertical. Some web sites (in particular, SharePoint sites) require horizontal scrolling, but it's not too bad. However, if you're running at it's native 800x480, there are some Windows dialog boxes that you can't quite get to the OK and Cancel buttons because they're off the screen below the taskbar. And Microsoft Works complains about the screen size as well.
Fortunately, you can toggle the display to 800x600 which allows you to scroll vertically using the touchpad. Once you switch to that resolution, however, you can't easily go back. You have to go to the display advanced properties, and list all of the adapter modes and select 800x480.
All in all, it's a very handy tool to have around, provided you can actually find one on the shelf somewhere. At $399 for the 4G, you don't really have to wait until a better version comes out-get one now and give it to your kids later this year when the larger screen hits the shelves.
As soon as my client asks for my loaner unit back, I'm going to get one for myself!
Pros Unbelievable portability, excellent connectivity
Cons Cramped keyboard and small screen make serious work impossible
Summary Let's get one thing out of the way first. The Asus Eee is smaller than you think -- regardless of what you think. In reviews and the YouTube videos cropping up (even the Asus ads, for that matter) still make this Mighty Mouse look bigger than it actually is.
That's both blessing and curse. Hauling it to the airport and for travel is a true joy; if you're not careful, you'll forget it's on your shoulder.
And for surfing the Web and checking email, you cannot go wrong. The wireless network detector puts my MacBook to shame.
Unfortunately, your eyes are going to feel pretty strained in about a half hour. And an email or document that goes longer than five paragraphs will have your hands cramping and your copy rife with misspellings, thanks to the tiny keyboard.
The long and short of it: If you're traveling and need a machine to occasionally keep up with the real and work world via the Internet, the Asus Eee is a hands-down winner. If want to do much interacting with that world, though, you're going to be better off with the 9-inch screen HP Mini Note, or the 9-inch Asus, whenever it comes out.
Pros bigger keyboard
Cons The screens on these things are S*@T if you are lucky enough to get one that does not crack well enjoy
DO NOT BUY ONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Summary not worth the effort
DO NOT BUY ONE!!!!!!!!!!!