Chronus: I've had very good experience with the Asus EEE PC. If it can take my daughter's abuse, it'll take anything. The other daughter has had two Acer netbooks. The first one developed a fault - don't remember what (power brick connection?) - and Argos exchanged it under warranty. Fyi, second daughter does a huge amount of typing, and chose the Acer because of its keyboard layout. Only problem was, the replacement notebook came with Windows 7 - but only 1GB memory. That caused it to freeze/slow pretty regularly. I ended up upgrading it to 2GB (heart-stopping stuff) and now it runs fine. (The EEE PC is an XP machine with 1GB and has always run well). I guess one of the key things to look out for, given that netbooks don't have CD drives, is what arrangements the manufacturer has made for reinstallation etc - e.g. disks, recovery partition and so on.