Small is big – NYT: "Light and Cheap, Netbooks Are Poised to Reshape PC Industry"
Occasionally I have to travel for business so I picked up one of these netbooks last month and, so far, I love it. My Acer Aspire One is only about 7x10" but so powerful I can run the Office 2007 suite without any problems. There's no optical drive but I got a cheap USB plug-in from Amazon to load CD software and music. Oh, and it has a built-in webcam which I have no idea how to work yet.
This Wired magazine article was influential in my decision to get one: "The netbook effect: How cheap little laptops hit the big time." Cheap is right: mine was $300 and if you're not playing graphic-intensive games, it will fit the bill just fine.