TR writes: "How to solve a problem like the netbook? To my mind, despite nearly every manufacturer taking a stab at the thing, none has yet quite distilled my idea of what the Ultimate Netbook would be. This is partly because, until recently, not everyone had a clear understanding of what a netbook was meant to do but also because manufacturers have all been far too busy jostling for market share to put a lot of thought into the finer details.
This isn't to say there haven't been some fine examples, mind; the likes of the Asus Eee PC 901, Eee PC 1000H, MSI Wind (as the Advent 4211) and Acer Aspire One have all been worthy of awards in the past, and there are plenty of new contenders from Dell, Samsung, Toshiba, Lenovo and the like that could yet fit our perfect mould. Right here and now, though, we're still waiting."