For my money I'd opt for an Asus Eee PC 904
netbook. They weigh the same (the Acer's weight
as listed on the Walmart site does not include the weight
of the battery), but the Asus has a better keyboard, longer battery
life, and a larger hard drive (160GB vs 120G
The two things I'd caution anyone considering either of these laptops about are their keyboard size and computing power. Their keyboards are just 75% of the size of a full size laptop keyboard, and that reduced size can make large fingers and touch-typists feel very cramped. Lynne can't stand its cramped little keyboard.
The other thing is these Netbooks don't have a lot of computing power. Not enough to run Windows
Vista or the new Office 2007. (Which is why they ship with stripped-down versions of Windows
XP or the Linux operating system.) Not enough to run Adobe Photoshop. (Or most other photo editing programs.) Not enough to have several programs running at the same time.
What they are good for -- and what I love my little Asus Eee PC 700 for -- is being an on-the-go tool for Internet access, simple word processing tasks (using OpenOffice.org or Microsoft Works) and sorting through (but not editing) pictures on an SD card.
If all you want, however, is a computer for Internet access, consider hitting Target up for a $300 Linux-based Eee PC without a hard drive
. This is basically what I have and use for all my on-the-go Internet access, and I love it!