I personally prefer 15-16" laptops. For me, they're the right amount of portability for the job without sacrificing too much performance compared to a larger laptop. Plus, they have a wide variety of configurations and are pretty cheap too. I have a Cyberpower Xplorer X6-7900 (the model with a ATI HD5650 1GB video card and a Core i5-560M processor), and it runs pretty fast. I don't game much on it (can't really afford to), but it runs Street Fighter IV pretty well and definitely screams on older games. Video and audio conversion is very speedy, I love the fact that I can watch FullHD videos on it (I have a 1920x1080 glossy panel) and the colors are definitely beautiful. As far as netbooks go, I definitely think that they opened up the market more. Sure, they're underpowered and sometimes "cramped", but their relative inexpensiveness has made it easier for low-income folks to experience the power of computer technology. If nothing else, they show that it is quite possible to have a decent computer in a very small, portable package like smartphones have.