I’ve had my Acer Aspire One netbook now for about 3 months, and while I initially thought I’d rarely use it, it turns out I use it quite often. It’s small enough that I can throw it in just about any bag that I carry and I otherwise just keep it in the car so I have a computer with me anywhere I drive. Being able to tether it with my cellphone means I have internet connectivity anywhere I go, so for long trips when I’m not driving, I can browse the web, or find directions or reviews for restraunts quicker than I could on my mobile browser.
The battery life is decent, and I can bank on about 2 hours of usage per charge. The size and weight are ideal and I can use the keyboard quite effectively. The mouse buttons on the side leave something to be desired, but I usually just use the double click feature of the touchpad, and only use the buttons when i have to right-click. The Aspire One is pretty durable. while I haven’t dropped it from any great height yet, it’s been bounced around in the drunk and thrown in bags that aren’t given the greatest of care. I haven’t had any problems with the hardware.
I have Windows XP on my machine and it runs at an adequate speed. The lags would probably drive me insane if I was using it as a primary computer, but the size, full featured OS and low price are worth the trade off. What I thought would be a novelty has turned out to be a productive (and novel) tool that I use daily.