Well Nicole has been mithering that
a: her current laptop is too slow and weighty
b: saw a friends Eee Netbook
b1: saw a friends apple notebook
c: she is the only one without decent hardware
So despite my misgivings about Atom CPUs I let her buy the netbook she wanted - A smart little white Asus Eee seashell 1005HA
Firstly - the language problem. I have heard many issues of people buying these things, and presnted with the "choose language" choice. With an oversensitive tap touchpad, its mighty easy to end up with the default "finish" language. Once chosen you can not change it!
It takes forever to configure itself - around an hour. Once that is done it is festooned with stupid addons and programes. I have removed a full trial install of MS office AND MS works. Dropped the supplied Trend Micro security suite and installed MS Security esentials.
Fettled the registry start up and services and removed the carp. Installed the basic features of open office.
The bios was 6 months out of date and 4 releases down level.
Its now, tolerably fast. (I wouldnt tolerate it but hey ho) It does however how a delightful keyboard for one so small (nice feel, key size and spacing), and a nice bright clear screen and very light and portable.
And its cheap at £258 inc vat