15 Back-to-School Computing Bargains

For about $300 you can have the tiny, Intel-powered Eee PC 2G Surf from Taipei, Taiwan-based Asus. This little wonder weighs in at just over 2 lbs. and comes with 2GB of solid-state storage, 512MB of DDR2 memory and a 7-inch display, and gets about 2.8 hours of battery life. The Eee PC is built to run Linux, but it's compatible with the Microsoft Windows XP operating system as well. It also features Hi-Def audio, stereo speakers that are surprisingly powerful and a microphone. More expensive versions have 4GB, 8GB and 12GB solid state drives and up to 1GB of RAM, while also adding features such as on-board Webcams.