My good friend Hawa had been contemplating for weeks to buy an EeePC. Her opinion was that the EeePC is small enough to bring to uni (and complements her svelte figure) while at the same time possesses big enough screen that she doesn’t have to squint her eyes while she surfs the free uni wi-fi or ahem, reads her soft-copy lectures notes.

However, just like any other tech-savvies, she hesitated. Because there’s always a chance of the technology becoming more common and cost-effective soon.

Today I gave her a big nudge by alerting her to the cheap-as sale of EeePC at Catch Of The Day. She was convinced and excited. A few minutes into the buying process, I made a big mistake.

I blurted out, “It seems everyone is making EeePC-like laptops nowadays, like Dell.”

She immediately freaked out, “Then I shouldn’t be getting the EeePC now!!”

It is true that EeePC-like laptops are all the rage now, with MSI releasing their Wind PC, Dell’s “mini-Inspiron”, HP’s Mini-Note and Acer’s Aspire One. The debate has even started on what to call this new category of laptops. “Subnotebook”? “Laptop-lite”?

While many challengers have stepped up to dethrone EeePC, chances are they won’t be in the market some time soon. EeePC is your best bet now if you’re, just like my friend Hawa, looking for ultra-small second laptops. It is currently the market benchmark, just like how iPod was in the hard-disk portable media player market.

Don’t be deterred by the meager 4 or 8GB solid-state drive, after all you can extend it with MMC and SD cards. Especially, don’t worry about the Linux-based operating system! Linux is not as complicated as the public made it to be.

In the end, Hawa did buy the EeePC. I call dibs on tinkering with it!