In spite of being resource-limited due to its 1.60 GHz Atom CPU and only 1 GB of RAM, I've managed to do pretty much everything with it. Building software is slow and watching HD videos is nearly impossible, even more so when streamed from the internet and played with flash. Its limited memory capacity makes the kernel swap tens of megabytes before the KDE4 desktop is fully loaded. After launching some day-to-day applications there are usually hundreds of MBs in swap.
In spite of all this, I run the KDE4 desktop and have been able to do things such as running up to two Debian virtual machines with several services (apache httpd, mysql server, openldapd, squid, etc.) and a Windows XP one all at the same time, under virtualbox. I could have probably booted another Debian virtual machine but that would have most likely rendered the DE unusable. Oh, and did I say that this is under the "VT-x"-less N270 CPU?
This so-called netbook has proved to be rock-solid. Every component is still fully functional except for its 7-hours lasting battery that didn't stand a full year of day-to-day use. The keyboard is still intact and so is everything else.
Last year I thought I was going to have to seriously consider buying a replacement after seeing what I think are some signs of the end of its life: After a routinely deep cleanup the keyboard stopped working properly, to the point that I couldn't even login because half the keyboard would send the signal of a totally unrelated key. I bought an external, but still small, USB keyboard which I used until after the next deep-cleanup somehow made the built-in keyboard work again.
The second sign came soon after the keyboard issue. The AC adapter was, well, no longer supplying power to the machine. Trying to buy one online proved to be futile. Replacement supplies for ASUS equipment are hard to find here in Mexico and importing them from the US results in the item being twice (or more) as expensive due to import taxes. They are even more expensive when one finally adds up the cost of shipping.
Hopefully, after spending some hours hunting down the failure in the adapter it turned out to be a problem with the wires. Cut wires repaired, the adapter was working again. The unit itself wasn't at fault.
Back to 2013, this netbook is ageing and every time I've looked at potential replacements I've found none that I like. I look for another netbook/ultrabook/laptop/whatever that is rock-solid, with a 10.1" or 11" display, and has a similarly compact but not oh-so-small-that-I-can't-even-type-by-only-using-my-fingertips keyboard.
The only devices that have caught my eye are the ASUS transformers (with the dock). I'm not interested in a device that only has 1 GB of memory and something between 32 to 64 GB of storage, however. I'm limited enough with my eee's 160GB hdd.
For my needs, the pre-installed Android would have to go away and I guess it would be fun to get a transformer to run under a standard Debian linux kernel. Since I'm not interested in doing that kind of kernel work the transformers are out of the question.
Based on this I think I can only partially agree with Russell Coker when he states that
If tablet computers with hardware keyboards replace traditional Netbooks that's not really killing Netbooks but introducing a new version of the same thing.Tablets with hardware keyboards may, perhaps, be the next generation of the less than 10" netbooks, but to date I've yet to see something with a display smaller than 13" that is an upgrade over the 1000h Eee I own.