Working as a security consultant for the 2nd Global Forum for Migration and Development, I found myself for extended periods of time tied to a desk that was to be my co-working space for a week. Having decided that I will put the Netbook OS X to the test, I requested the organizers to loan me an external monitor and a USB keyboard. The first image below was my setup with the OS X Leopard Desktop showing. But with just one click of a button, I have access to the XP Desktop (second image) configured under Leopard's Spaces.
For the duration of the Forum, I used the Netbook OS X as my only workhorse to write and print wirelessly (using a Canon iP90v with portable battery pack and connected via Bluetooth) the nightly critique reports, downloading and editing digital pictures, preparing the occasional Powerpoint presentation, web browsing while listening to iTunes, and even blogging using MS Word 2007 as I am doing now.
The only problem with this setup is the endless distraction that I get from the people looking over my shoulders ogling this very cool setup. Some simply could not believe that this tiny 2lb machine could handle practically anything I throw at it. Yes, the Netbook OS X simply works and when you factor in the price, weight and battery life, it is simply amazing.
Jeff Attwood of Coding Horror had a similar observation of the netbook;
I didn't expect much from this cheap, diminutive laptop; it's mostly for web surfing, light email, maybe a tiny bit of miscellaneous office work. And in case the color choice didn't make it clear, it's not even for me. That's my story, and I'm sticking to it!
As I sat down to configure this machine, I belatedly realized that for most of what I do with a computer, this cute little netbook is perfectly adequate. Sure, the keyboard is a bit cramped, it's no performance powerhouse, and the screen size, at 1024 x 600, is definitely the minimum necessary for it to be practical. It took some adaptation, but it wasn't frustrating or disappointing to use. It delivered (almost) the same web experience I'd get on my desktop or laptop, with no serious compromises. It just.. worked.
To whoever said that $500 Netbooks are junk, my netbook OS X is the best piece of "junk" I have ever laid my hands on for the almost 2 decades of computing life.