Like a lot of people, I work frequently out of the office. Almost always, an internet connection is required, but many full speed laptops (including my own) are heavy and bulky and I don't need all that power for many tasks. About 6 months ago, I bought an ASUS EEE Netbook and love it! It only weighs 2.4 pounds but the keyboard is still a good size and while the screen is not large enough for some functions (such as working on a complicated Word document) - it is perfect for email, browsing the internet, simple documents and remote connections to other computers. It's also great for iTunes, watching TV on sites such as hulu, Facebook, twitter, etc and the battery life is excellent. Very few people could use a netbook as their primary computer because they are not powerful enough for many applications. But if you have a desktop already or a larger laptop, take a look at the netbooks.
More recently, I received a new Dell Latitude E6500 laptop for work. It was purchased using Dell's "On the Go" deal which included an option to add a Dell Inspiron Mini 9 netbook for $55. Yes, $55 - that's it. As of today, they are still running that special deal. The Mini 9 is great so far and my wife is also happy as she can now use the ASUS netbook. Because of the low cost, netbooks make sense for a lot of people.
About the author: Brian Cluxton is the Vice President of Affinity Consulting - Columbus and manages the hardware installation and Managed Services departments.