For God's sake..
Sony never had any trouble selling its TZ for £2k - and it can't do half what a "real" laptop can, blah blah.
IT'S NOT SUPPOSED TO, IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE A PORTABLE LAPTOP YOU CAN WORK ON!!!
What's so difficult to understand about the concept?! A 10-inch screen is nowhere near full-sized, machines with a 12-inch display are generally regarded as ultraportable, and it's considerably smaller than any of those.
Fekk me, the only thing these machines are lacking in comparison with considerably more expensive Sony/Asus/FSC ultraportables are the DVD drives. MB Air doesn't even have that..
Look at any other consumer market - it's all relative. A brand new car at £4000 is an absolute steal - but I certainly don't have 4k lying around..
Of course £300 isn't throwaway - but neither is £200. Even at £300 - £400 this new breed of laptop are bargains, IN COMPARISON TO OTHER ULTRAPORTABLES. Jeez, it's like moaning about a full-on gaming machine because it weighs a bit and the battery is sh*te.
If you want a full-sized, full-power shed then off you scoot down to Comet and buy one; you're cleary not the target customer for these laptops, so stop complaining and I hope you suffer forever from back-pain from lugging your new 3.5kg, £200 desktop-alike piece of junk. Still, think of the apps you'll be able to run on it, eh eh. Happy in the knowledge you couldn't have done so on an sub-notebook...