Update (10:55 a.m. PT): Sorry, folks, looks like the Netbook's already sold out. Stay tuned for a new deal later today! (In the meantime, the two backup deals below are still good.)
When it comes to super bargains, I have to confess I rarely think of Best Buy. But the store's been rocking some pretty solid deals of late.
For example, today only (and while supplies last), Best Buy has the 10-inch Asus Eee PC 1005HAB Netbook for $229.99. That's not including sales tax or shipping (the latter will run you $11.50).
This isn't your average, boring, black Netbook: the sale model has a stylish "deep red" lid and wrist rest.
Other than that, however, the specs are pretty standard: Intel Atom N270 processor, 1GB of RAM, 160GB hard drive, and the aforementioned 10.1-inch screen. The OS: Windows XP Home, not Windows 7.
That's the only real bummer here. On the plus side, you get 802.11n Wi-Fi and a full one-year warranty (you'd expect a Netbook at this price point to be a refurb, but this one's brand new).
The 1005HAB weighs 2.4 pounds and measures 1.4 inches thick. Asus claims a runtime of nearly 4 hours from its three-cell battery.
That sounds about right: CNET reviewed this model with a six-cell battery, and it lasted nearly 7 hours on the grueling battery-drain test. Verdict: four stars for the Asus and an Editors' Choice award.
Needless to say, if you're in the market for a Netbook, here's a top-rated model for a bottom-basement price.
Backup deal: Today only, you can get IObit Security 360 Pro absolutely free. This antimalware suite normally sells for $29.95. Interestingly, the always-free, non-Pro version earned a five-star rating from CNET.
Backup deal No. 2: Newegg has the Energizer AP1500 iPhone case/charger for just $19.99 (plus $1.99 shipping). I reviewed the AP1500 back in July, when it sold for $80. At this price it's a steal--and a perfect gift.