Months prior to the original Eee PC launch, IT hacks were talking about sub-$200 netbooks that could change computing on the go for peanuts.
Of course, as soon as vendors realized they could make money on these toys, the market degenerated into showroom for nearly identical, overpriced netbooks based on Intel's brilliant yet very boring Atom CPU. Two years and a recession later, consumers will finally be able to get a brand new Atom netbook at just $199, courtesy of Black Friday.
Target is offering Acer's 10.1-inch Aspire One with Windows XP for $199 in a limited Black Friday deal. It's nothing spectacular, Atom N270, 1GB of memory and 160GB of storage, but it's still a very good deal.