It's a Linux-based computer with Firefox, Thunderbird, OpenOffice and a fast CPU. It works really well, and it's small. Battery life is good. I got used to the keyboard after about 15 minutes.
The device has been a huge hit for Asus, and they have big plans:
Asustek currently has a total of 11 Eee PC models on the market differentiated in terms of size, CPU type and design. Shen added that two new categories, Ultimate and Pro Fashion, are planned for 2008. These models will feature dual-core Atom processors and larger storage (either 120GB HDD or 32GB SSD). Shen said he anticipates total Eee PC shipments will exceed 1.5-1.6 million units in the third quarter, putting the company on track to achieve its targeted annual shipments of five million units.
Although the company's Atom-based Eee PC 901 is already estimated to get near eight hours of maximum battery life, a future upgrade due in the last half of 2008 should give it "whole-day" battery life that potentially gives it an edge over challengers. It will also offer an Internet-based storage option similar to those offered by Dell and others and will help compensate for the limited built-in storage.
The future of computing is not Windows and Intel, in my view. It is Linux and ARM. But this device is a funny mixture - it came out with Linux but now supports Windows. It uses an Intel chip, and has a solid state hard disc, but a fan for the CPU!
Looking at the Eee PC you can see where things are going. It's great for kids too, so easy to use, and no clutter.