I've had the opportunity to have a play around with one of these; and they definitely have that 'cool' factor.
They are part designed for use in education, thanks to their portability and fairly rugged design.
To all intents and purposes it is a 'PC' but it runs Linux [it has no traditional hard-drive - but a 4GB inbuilt storage card] - but this can be expanded with standard USB external hard-drives and other memory cards
The screen is small; actually smaller than it looks because speakers surround it; but it does have a standard VGA out connector. It also has quite a neat web camera built in
Anyway, Taken from the ebuyer web site:
ASUS have created the brand new Eee PC 701 4GB for total mobile internet computing. This half-UMPC, half-laptop hybrid has to be the best mobile internet revolutionary experience you will get.
Eee stands for Easy to learn, work and play, Excellent Internet experience and Excellent mobile computing experience. Bumps and shocks are no longer issues. With a dependable 4GB solid-state disk, you get unparalleled shock-protection and reliability.
Using a Linux-variant operating system requires only 15 seconds to boot. Microsoft die-hards should note that Windows documents are compatible with the ASUS Eee PC 4GB . The Eee PC includes the documents and the e-mails software, and a suite of other productivity software to help keep you on track. It'll ship with Open Office, Firefox and Skype, but you can install any number of other open-source applications.
Other interesting specifications of the ASUS Eee PC 701 4GB include, Ethernet, camera and three USB ports. Additional storage space can be added by inserting a Secure Digital (SD) card (available for purchase separately).
The ASUS EEE PC 701 4GB, youre always connected with built-in WiFi 802.11 b/g that automatically detects and connects to the Internet at any hotspot, giving you with maximum flexability.
For media & entertainment on the EE PC you can enjoy music and videos with extensive support for a wide range of digital multimedia. You can even log on to Skype or other network, and you can connect with friends anywhere, anytime.
Measuring just 22.5 x 16.4 x 2.15~3.5 cm and weighing a mere 920g, the ASUS Eee PC 701 4GB is most certainly portable and is your ideal mobile companion.
* Processor - Intel Celeron Mobile CPU
* Chipset Intel
* Integrated Network
* Form Factor - Notebook
* Memory (Maximum) - 512MB (512x1)DDR2
* Hard Disk - 4GB
* Monitor - 7ins (800x480)
* Sound Device - Integrated Intel High Definition Audio compliant audio chip
* Speakers - Built-in Stereo Speakers (1.5W)
* Audio Features - SoundBlaster Pro Compatible
* Wireless- IEEE 802.11g
* Modem - Intel High Definition Audio Modem Integrated
* Operation System Linux
* Camera Resolution 0.3 Megapixels
* Card reader - SD/MMC
* VGA Port - 1
* Headphone/Audio Line Out - 1 x Headphone-out jack
* Microphone In Port - 1
* RJ-45 Ports - 1 x RJ-45
* USB Ports - 3 x USB 2.0
* Software Included Open Office 2.0 Security - BIOS Booting / HDD User Password Protection and security lock Kensington lock hole Trusted Platform Module
* Battery - Lithium-Ion (3Cells) 2400mAH
* Security Locking Mechanics - Kensington Lock Slot
* Dimensions - 22.5 x 16.4 x 2.15~3.5 cm
* Warranty 24 months UK warranty(6 months warranty in Battery), collect and return within UK