These are not laptops. If you are at the keyboard for more than a hour you may be like most and regret the netbook choice.
As to HDMI, if it has HDMI then it will almost be assured you can use netflix as it would have the right video chipset and speed.
At 500 bucks you can get a normal laptop at many places.
I'm looking to purchase a netbook for home use basically for web browsing and Office applications. Would like one with HDMI so I can watch Netflix on my LCD TV. Any suggestions? $500 maximum price. Thanks!