"excellent netbook"4.5 starson by alex_bernardin
Pros: * Touchpad is best I've ever used, very easy to scroll and click-drag without using buttons
* Long battery life
* webcam blocker
* wifi on/off button
Cons: * mouse button is stiff
* speakers have no power
Summary: I've owned a dozen laptops (mostly thinkpads) over 10 years; this is my first 'netbook', and i'm loving it for the year+ that I've had it. I don't game or watch a lot of video on it, but I do tend to throw it 2-3 feet (onto something soft...), hold it in one hand, throw it in a bag unprotected and generally use it as a tool, so I don't have time for something fragile that doesn't just *work*. It has behaved admirably so far - light enough that I can hold in one hand by one corner or sit it on the corner of the shelf while I'm cooking. The battery weight puts the center of gravity towards the back, which is just fine.
The touchpad really is remarkably easy to use, which is good because the single button is very stiff, always tempting me to pinch the bottom of the case to press it properly, which feels awkward and a bit precarious (also hard to do a precise click). However, I hardly ever notice that issue because I've become accustomed to using the touchpad more fluidly (two finger drag, double-tap and drag...). it's smoother than almost any other laptop I've used so far.
WARRANTY: I'm sorry for the person with the bad warranty experience, but I had one of the smoothest warranty repair experiences ever with this Asus netbook. It was a breeze by any standards - probably 1 year in to owning my Asus, the tip of the power cord broke inside the power jack on the netbook. the power cord being so small, it's possible that it got yanked; I dunno. With trepidation, I contacted Asus. They took the machine and shipped it back fixed, no problems at all.
The keyboard is fine for my man-hands (not too small or too soft a touch) and I like that there is a physical switch for wifi on/off as well as a webcam blocker.