I talked myself out of the Eee PC, seeking something I might be able to actually write on (I'm a reporter, who has somehow never owned a laptop all these years) rather than a keyboard designed for munchkins.
If you're looking for something meant for adults to type on, HP's Mini Note is getting some good notices:Official Mini Note page:http://h40059.www4.hp.com/hp2133/index.htmlMore detailed HP specs page (at their biz products sub-site):http://h10010.www1.hp.com/wwpc/us/en/sm/WF06b/321957-321957-64295-321838-306995-3687084-3687085-3704509.htmlEngadget round uphttp://www.engadget.com/2008/04/08/hp-mini-note-2133-officially-official/Unboxed
(by an Engadget reader who received one)http://www.engadget.com/2008/04/17/hp-mini-note-gets-unboxed-causes-extreme-jealousy/
But it's not quite in the EeePC price range ($499 street price for a Linux version, though MSRP is $549). They're adding an XP pre-install option in May, supposedly. Also supposedly, the keyboard is only about 8% smaller than normal, so it might be something a writer could actually write on.
It seems to be about 2.8 lbs. (2.63 lbs. with the solid state drive option), and has about a 8.9" screen.
I was going to mention it in the Eee PC thread, but I figure I oughta keep it separate. The lower models might sort of be considered Eee PC competitors; the higher end is more like a full laptop, for better or worse.
=============*BJ's Quick FAQ....
Q: Is there a TOUCHSCREEN VERSION?? OHMIGOD PLEASE let there be a TOUCHSCREEN!
A: No. Sorry to break your heart.
Q: Solid state drive man! Magnetic disks are so PASSE, MAN!
A: That's not a question, dude. If you view the "datasheet" PDF on the specs page, it mentions there's a 64GB solid state drive option. Haven't seen a price for it yet though.