I just sprang for an Eee 1000. Half the price, has a 40Gb SSD and Linux, and takes standard Eee batteries -- there's a long life fat pack that should give it up to 12 hours. The S101 is admittedly thinner and slightly lighter, but I figure I'd be paying something like 50 quid per ounce for the privilege and I want something I'm not afraid to cart to the Bokbierfest or my local boozer.
(If the Eee 1000 doesn't work for me it'll go straight back out via eBay while they're still commanding full-whack prices.)
But what I find interesting is that Asus seems to have committed yet another model to the Eee range, one which they're selling on style. I think they reckon the netbook section is going to become quite a market in its own right, and they're looking at putting out a Porsche Boxter as well as a Mazda MX-5
How long before the MacBook Lite is presented, do you reckon?
I've been sorely tempted to get an Eee or another small one, but I can't really justify it since the laptop I bought last year was picked for size and weight (a Rock Pegasus 335), so I can't really argue that what I have is far too big and heavy to lug around. :-/
They own 20% of the US laptop market by units shipped, but over 33% of it by value sold. A netbook that would cost half as much as a Macbook would potentially cannibalize some of those Macbook sales ...
PS: I boycott Tesco, for the simple reason that I Do Not Approve of large corporations who use libel law to stop journalists from talking about their shady business practices.