Despite its shortcomings - a tiny 7-inch screen, an undersized barely usable keyboard, and the limitations of its operating system - the Eee PC 701 had obviously caught a wave of public sentiment. Consumers wanted a light, portable, easy to use and very cheap internet computer and Asus delivered just that.
Eyeing the success of Asus enviously, competitors churned out the copies quick and fast - Acer, Dell, HP and others did their best to undercut the upstart. Acer in particular did a pretty fair job at that, although the Asus market share has been maintained at a respectable 30% plus.
Now, after a succession of interations, with price drops, bigger screens, more usable keyboards, the Intel Atom processor and the move to Windows XP (yes still XP), we arrive at the $333 Asus Eee PC 1001P.
There is absolutely nothing revolutionary about this machine at all. It's certainly cheap enough and, at 1.27kg, it's light enough. With 1GB RAM, the Atom N450, the power and battery life are pretty good under normal net browsing and computing tasks. The 160GB hard drive is more than enough for any netbook.
Then of course there is Windows XP, which Microsoft keeps telling us it will no longer support. Yet, for a netbook - unless you want to get into the Linux thing - it's really the only Windows operating system worth using.
In other words, the 1001P is the sort of netbook computer you would buy when the one you bought two years ago is clapped out or perhaps you just wanted a cheap very portable PC to take away with you.
If you still live in the era where you need a small portable very cheap computer, then the Asus 1001P could be just the thing for you. However, if it is a portable internet device you want, then be aware that the Eee PC style of netbook is an era that is now at the end of the road.