I'd never thought I would buy one Netbook for myself. I already own a Laptop and I'm quite happy with its performance. But, it's 15'³ screen made it uncomfortable to carry around. I have been using it more or less like a desktop (it hardly moved an inch from where I kept it few months back!).
That's why I bought one netbook - Acer Aspire one 722 and I must say I'm more than happy with it's performance till now.
Aspire one has this configuration: AMD Dual core processor (up to 1.33 GHz) with 2GB memory and 320GB HDD. The screen is 11.6'³ and its ultra thin. Battery life comes around 5 hours (full charge). It comes with Windows 7 starter edition and costs ~Rs 20K.
On performance, this netbook has exceeded my expectation. Initially, I thought, one couldn't open even 2 applications together as netbooks suck if you make them work hard. But, below is a list of apps that I usually run at anytime in my netbook without much trouble.
- Sublime text
- XAMPP server
- Chrome (at least 5 tabs open)
And frequently I open other applications too and the netbook has run them all.
Of course, it gets heated up a bit (no wonder, considering the load I give to it). But, it hasn't become a problem so far.
The only concern I have with its is the lack of separate Home and End keys. Instead, one has to press Fn Pg Up / Fn Pg Dn to get the functionality of Home and End. This could seem like not an issue at all. But believe me, if you do lots of coding, then you'll pull your hair out every time you need to press 2 keys instead of one to move your cursor at the beginning/end of a line.
Overall, great value for money!