Most technology-aware consumers have heard of "netbooks"... the ultra-light, ultra-small, and ultra-cheap laptops that have been on the market for some time now. The appeal of these devices is their incredible light weight, small dimensions, and cost. However, when it comes to computing power, they often leave a lot to be desired. Most of them operate on the low-power Intel ATOM chip. This makes these netbooks great for surfing the net, checking email and performing basic computing tasks. But most of us need to do more with our portable computing devices than browsing web pages.