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Get an Asus Eee PC Netbook for $196

If you don't mind (or indeed would prefer) Windows XP, this refurbished Netbook offers solid specs and free shipping.

The Asus Eee PC 1000HEB runs XP instead of Windows 7, but that's really the only downside to this sweet deal.
The Asus Eee PC 1000HEB runs XP instead of Windows 7, but that's really the only downside to this sweet deal. Mwave

I haven't seen a decent Netbook deal in awhile, and while I can't say this one is fabulous, it's definitely decent.

Mwave has the refurbished Asus Eee PC 1000HEB Netbook for $195.99 shipped. To get that price, you must be a member of the company's "M" Club (which is free to join).

I've covered the 1000HEB here before, so I'll just hit the highlights and lowlights. It has a typical Netbook loadout, from its Intel Atom N270 processor and 1GB of RAM to its 160GB hard drive and 10-inch display.

It comes with three USB ports and 802.11n Wi-Fi, weighs 3.2 pounds (a little hefty for a Netbook, if you ask me), and, like most refurbs, offers only a 90-day warranty.

Basically, it's a Netbook, with all the usual benefits and shortcomings therein. However, for the big hitch is the OS: the 1000HEB comes with Windows XP. While it's arguably the best operating system for a Netbook, I'd have a hard time switching back to it.

But that's just me. I'd also have a hard time arguing against a full-featured portable PC that's under $200, regardless of the OS. (Hey, you can always change it. Remember Jolicloud?)

Bonus deal: It's not too late for lunch, is it? Order online and you can get a free medium cheese pizza from Papa John's when you make a purchase of at least $3.99. Use coupon code TOYCAR. I'm thinking a Cinnapie and a pizza and I'm out the door for four bucks. Woo!