Originally Posted by Jaime_Astorga
"Basic stuff" is what most people use their computers for. Netbooks can handle most programs; nothing short of a modern game or quality modeling software is going to be a real showstopper on a netbook. The lack of optical drives is a disadvantage, but it is becoming less important as content and programs begin to be more widely distributed online.
The limited resolution of their screens is also problematic for photo editing. In fact as I understand Photoshop CS and later will not even let you install if the monitor resolution is below 1024x768px.