So I'm still in the market for a budget laptop. I decided to postpone making any purchases until the holiday season sales come to fruition, but I still require some final assistance with an ultimate decision on what type to get. As mentioned in a previous thread, I got my fiancee an Asus for Mother's Day and it's pretty awesome for what we use it for (general streaming, HDTV connectivity via HDMI, MS Office, Web browsing, Photo album stuff). I do really like this laptop, but think it would be kind of lame to buy a second one of the exact same thing (like those households that have two of the exact same model year cars--no offense if this applies to you!). At any rate, this Asus with insurance cost around $400 from Best Buy. I'm looking for something that would give me similar performance but at a significantly smaller price tag. Since I'll be using this new PC for very basic functions (MS Office, Web browsing, email, YouTube/Netflix), I'm considering a Netbook. But I've never had a Netbook and I'm still wondering if the drawbacks of a Netbook over a Laptop are significant. Does the lack of a CD drive prove to be a substantial inconvenience when trying to install printers or USB devices (like a wireless mouse)? Etc, etc, etc. Thanks for any help. EDIT: I also just recently saw those commercials for some new Google laptop which was right within the price range I wanted. Unfortunately, a negative cnet review quickly rejected it from my interest.