The first Asus “Eee” machine ushered in the era of the netbook. I’ve got one of them, and it’s a nice little machine. With its upgraded 2GB of memory and the 4GB solid-state drive, it’s plenty powerful for most uses (though not my usual use, which is software development); my in-laws borrowed it to take on their vacation last week, so they could keep in touch with us by e-mail, as it’s much less expensive than the alternatives.
This latest model is said to be the end of the short-lived netbook era. If so, I’m sorry to see it go, but I have to admit that its place has pretty much been taken by tablet systems like the iPad. The old guard must step aside to make room for the youth.