Thanks to all who posted on my search for a netbook. It ended with a ASUS Eee PC Seashell 1005HA but the drama continues.
In the end my better half decided a netbook would be useful to her so instead of waiting on me she bought it. Normally this wouldn't be bad but now there is a strict rule against linux on the netbook. But our main issue now is whether or not it's defective. From the start it had issues booting up but a disk check fixed that. Still, it has flaked out a few times so we might see about sending it back.
Other than that it seems decent. I'm not sure why ASUS divided the hard drive like they did but everything else seems fine.