I've been shopping around for a laptop for a while but I'd like to get a few more opinions. Essentially I want to buy later in the summer, in time for school. I'm looking for a 12 in laptop/larger netbook or 13 inch if that's what it comes down to in terms of available products, but the lighter the better. I'd use it for school work/research, browsing and very minimal gaming (GOG, old stuff and maybe Civ).
So far the most interesting ones seem to be the ASUS UL20, which is almost a year old and just slightly out of my price range (hovering around 600 at most Canadian retailers), although I might just pull the trigger if I run out of options. Also their upcoming 1215-1218 line seems interesting but I have no idea when they're coming out. As much as I've looked, I've failed to find recent similar products in other companies... would Acer or say Toshiba have more suitable options? I've also been warned to avoid Dell/HP/MSI. If they have something I'm looking for, how much crapware/reliability issues should I expect to deal with? Thanks for your help!