"After a year of heavy use, I am LOVE the 1005HA."5.0 starson by KBinAVL
Pros: Dual hard drives (250G total) are dual boot/partition friendly; Bluetooth connectivity to cell phone, printer, etc. very handy; Battery life is 9+ hours with Windows 7 Starter, and just shy of 8 hours with Ubuntu 10.10; Durability.
Cons: The smaller keyboard takes a lot of getting used to. The on-board speakers pretty much suck.
Summary: I bought this Asus eeepc 1005HA netbook to have a relatively cheap machine on which to learn to use Linux Ubuntu. Computer with 2G memory chip was $380 from Amazon; shipping and tax included! At that price I knew if I bricked it or otherwise destroyed it, I wouldn't be too heartbroken.
Through lots of experimentation, i.e. loading and reloading Operating Systems and playing with partitions (none of which I had ever attempted prior to this computer), this machine has proven to be all that I wanted it to be, and has gone above and beyond to impress me. I work in construction and take it to work and into the shop to listen to music and look up products online. While I'm kind of careful about where I place it (upwind of dust flow), it's handled the dusty environment well (although I do clean it often). It was once catapulted off a work bench when something heavy fell close to it; it flew at least 8 feet in the air and landed on a concrete floor. When I made my way down the ladder and over to it, it had shut itself off. I feared the worst. It booted right back up and the only apparent damage to it was the loss of the two little plastic tabs that cover the hinges for the screen, and a small crack in on corner of the lid, near the hinge. That was several months ago and the screen still shows no sign of damage. Additionally, with a baby at home and one on the way, I am trying to become a good cook. With a recipe database loaded, I use it a lot in the kitchen. It's been exposed to grease, flour, etc., and held up well.
I use this machine, in addition to what I've mentioned above, to stream music and movies. We don't have a TV in our house so we watch streamed or DVD movies using this computer and a larger monitor. We also don't have an internet connection (2010 was one heck of a year for implementing austerity measures in our household!). We share an internet connection with our next door neighbors. While my wife's 5 year old Vaio gets 3 WiFi bars or better, this computer never gets more that 2, but gets them all over our house, and that's been enough to watch movies on Hulu and Netflix.
I also play with lots of software offered on the Ubuntu Software Center and have never felt like this machine was lacking in any way. In fact, a good friend who's a web designer with a Mac was blown away by this computer and GIMP.
So there you have it. If you want a cheap machine, this one probably has everything most people need on it.