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There are tons of reasons why netbooks are just as good, if not better than the conventional laptop, tablet or desktop computer. The batteries last ages, they are surprisingly tough, they do not lack functionality and in short, they are cheaper.
Plus, if you decide on a netbook with no operating system installed - of course you could go with Windows, but why? If you try out a Linux variant, such as Ubuntu, this further lowers the cost, and you can still run Windows applications using programs like WINE.
And if you don't have a massive hard drive or storage capacity on your netbook - as a lot of netbooks are slimmed down in size, have you considered cloud computing?
To read more on this, head over to the iGeneration blog.