|I have yet to find something short of a laptop that will play DVDs and surf the net well. Like I said the TV is pretty bad for web surfing. Any sites with small fonts and your out of luck. If you get an internet appliance with a built in flat screen chances are that it will be DSTN. This means that it will not do motion very well at all, movies and fast action games are pretty much out. For websurfing and word processing though, they work great. I use an Iopener in my car for mp3 playing and gps mapping. I use my 2 websurfers as a router for my cable modem and a webserver. I am still looking for the best set top box. Currently I use a bookpc, which is basically a full PC in a small case. It works well, but the TV out leaves something to be desired.|
I would suggest reading through this board as much as you can, and get a good feel for the different net appliances available. If you like to tinker with electronics then a net appliance is for you. If you don't, I would suggest looking for a nice cheap laptop. I have sunk at least $500 and countless hours into my iopener.
Good luck with your search,