Recently picked up a NC-10 for work... I needed a laptop, often for meetings, inside and outside of the office. A fullsize laptop just seemed to bulky... I shopped around and found the relatively new Samsung line of mini-laptops/netbooks. Easilly half the price of regular laptops too. Very portable but very powerful, and as one who does a lot of writing for my work, the fact that it had a keyboard that was 93% the size of a regular laptop keyboard was critical. The other mini laptop keyboards are just far too small for someone who's a touch typer. Here's a good video overview: Samsung NC10-14GW Notebook - Buy.com Pricing is $400 - $450 Samsung's done a good job of getting the most space out of a small netbook area. Unlike other small new netbooks... the Asus for example - its not that much bigger than those but has a 10 inch screen and very little wasted space to make way for the full size keyboard. In a nutshell this feels like a fullsize laptop - but weighs under 3 lbs. It's got integrated wifi (that seems to provide very high speed internet access... my wired high speed access is 25000 kbps (yes, nice and fast) and the wifi on this does the same (unlike my old laptop that would do 8000 kbps) The integrated bluetooth is helpful too... I'm using a bluetooth wireless mouse that's very helpful. I'm trying to figure out how to configure my bluetooth capable phone to serve as a modem when I'm not near a wifi spot. They don't skimp on the hard drive - 160GB capacity (some netbooks have SSD drives that have fewer moving parts, but they're not quite ready for prime time just yet). The 1.6 Ghz processor and 1 GB RAM is more than fast enough for the pre-loaded Windows XP and Microsoft office suite - and no problem handling any streaming media or other files. There's no CD/DVD drive of course but with a SDHC slot and multiple USB ports that's really not a big issue. RAM upgrade to 2 GB is easilly accessible Oh - did I mention it has 6-8 hours of battery life? Eeking 8 hours is possible but I've found that 6 hours is very reasonable even with a bright screen and ample use (watching movies on battery power would probably be 4.5 hours at best... and I can imagine this would be a very welcome carry on item on a transcontinental flight) So if you're in the market for a new laptop, I'd definately recommend the Samsung netbook as an alternative that seems to give up nothing in terms of capability.. indeed I don't know of too many laptops that have a 6 hour battery life.