Everyone will say different things about manufacturers.
I had a bad experience with Dell with the first desktop I ever had. You do save a bit of money on their laptops due to the fact they cut out the intermediaries in their supply chain, and the quality of their laptops does seem to have improved.http://crave.cnet.co.uk/laptops/netbook-showdown-the-top-10-mini-laptops-rated-49297248/5/
They seem to rate the Toshiba very highly, if you could get that in black or white, that would be a cracking buy.
£300 for a netbook, Andrew? Even the Sony Vaio one is cheaper than that, don't think a word processing gadget it worth that much to me.
Can anyone explain the difference between Windows 7 and Windows 7 Starter?
The Acer Aspire netbook seems great but my laptop is also in the Aspire series... grrrrrr.