When netbooks first appeared the choice was simple- the Asus Eee. While the Asus had it’s fans, I found it less than inspiring and couldn’t imagine it standing up to the rigors of daily use. It didn’t look very good either. Since growing in popularity an increasing number of manufacturers have begun producing their own netbooks, and the quality and design of these mini-laptops has improved dramatically. More choice generally makes for harder decision so now that I am interested it’s tough to settle on one model. Sony may have made it easier.
Their recently introduced Sony Vaio Mini W feature an Intel Atom 1.66GHz processor, a 160GB hard drive, 1GB of DDR2 RAM, Bluetooth, MemoryStick / SD card reader, and 802.11b/g/n WiFi. The 10.1-inch LED screen has a higher than normal resolution of 1366 x 768 pixel, which may save you some horizontal scrolling on some sites. Unfortunately the battery life is reportedly only 3hrs which may be a deal breaker.
Sony Vaio Mini W