speaking from experience
netbooks are quite good
if you are planning to use them on the go for a couple of mins (max 20-30mins)
I had a Samsung NC10 (one of the best netbooks, if not the best) which i promptly sold. i have also used my brothers acer netbook for a couple of days. anyway what ive noticed
- mouse pad /trackpad are far too small and too too sensitve
- after a couple of mins use your eyes begin to hurt / eyes squint (think about it some people prob use there laptops/netbook at night, uv had a hard day at work/school, been up for 10+ hours. and the last thing you want to do is be reading text which is equivalent to the fine print at the back of a warrnty leaflet!)
(sure thing you can increase the text size, but it comes a bit of a bother if you end up doing this every time, not only that once you increase the text size the web page does not display in its entitity anymore and you then need to use the horizontal scrollbar to view the entire page)
- you really depend on your trackpack pgDn button, the page does load in its entireity. but to put it into contect on my 14" dell laptop on bbc news home page i only need to press the down button once to see the page from top to bottom, on the netbook you press the down button four times to get from the top to the bottom!
- my biggest qualm was that there is no-where to place your wrist, in effect your hand has to hover over the mousepad and buttons, - possible RSI??? after a while this began to hurt, really, really hurt!
im only in my twenties and have good vision, and no i dont have fat chip fingers!
and i found these beautiful netbooks all style and no substance (for my needs)
i hope those who have bought one enjoy theres, but its just a bit of info for those considering, as you probably know - most retailers dont accept returns on computers.
what i seriously recommend is using a friends for a bit, and see how you get on. or visit pc/worl and john lewis and play with one for at least TEN minutes, ask em to connect it to the net for you.