Overall, I like the N510... It's nice to have the ability to swap the hard drive easily if needed (The Eee won't have that ability -- well, it won't be easy). I did buy my daughter an Eee 1005HA... Loaded with crap. Took me several hours to rid the system of it. In general, I hate laptops, but I like the netbook concept. the 11.6 screen is fine on the N510, but the 10.1 inch screen is too small... you will probably be happy with the 12.1 inch screen.on the 1201N.
I did pick up a Samsung SE-S084C to go along with it... Decent little bus powered ODD with boot support.