I bought this laptop to replace a netbook, and it's perfectly fine for that purpose. I wouldn't use it as my main machine, but I have a desktop for heavy lifting. This laptop has a much more usable form factor than my netbook, the processor is faster than the merely-adequate Atom, and it has twice as much RAM. The Pentium 987 has about the same performance as a midrange core2 duo, which is fine for the vast majority of applications. Most importantly for my purposes, it's cheap enough that I won't care if I drop it in the ocean. I'm going to install Fedora on it and take it with me on my day trips. For people who bought this laptop as a cheap, portable second computer, it's a great buy.