The 1 GB of RAM is the biggest drawback on the netbook you're looking at. The RAM is the memory that is being used outside of your hard drive. This memory is what your computer is using when you have several windows open at one time. The less RAM your computer has, the slower it will run. 1 GB of RAM is very low by today's standards. Most average computers will have at least 4 GB of RAM for a smooth and fast operation. It just depends on how many windows you expect to have open at once. You may have several windows open most of the time, especially when working on various files and doing research online. The 160 GB hard drive capacity is okay for a netbook. Just remember, a netbook doesn't have near the features of any notebook. If it's size you're looking for, a small notebook would be better than a netbook as far as features. You can get a small 14" screen notebook and still have a CD-ROM drive, whereas the netbooks don't have anything but usb ports for downloading some material. The netbooks are very limited for anyone used to a notebook/laptop computer. With only 160 GB of hard drive space, you won't have a whole lot of extra space for software, photos, music and larger files. You can always transfer the "extras" to a flash drive and then delete them off of the hard drive. The best usage for the netbooks is surfing the internet and using it for emails. It's just not fast enough for serious web browsing using several different browsers at once. Hope this helps. Do a research for any computer you're interested in by looking for "customer reviews" for the particular computer to see what those who have purchased the computer think of it, both pro and con.