During my last visit, the father admired the computer I had just purchased (very used) for $100 and told me to keep an eye out for a suitable computer for his son. Apparently the son will need a laptop computer for school (grade 1 or 2?) in September. The father knows nothing about computers (bought a 2001 generation computer that turned out to be defective). The son is reasonably familiar with his net-enabled game machine and knows a bit about basic web searches.
Anyhow, I have no idea what kind of computer his school will want for the fall. I picked up a second $100 6-year-old laptop, but my wife wants to keep it as a spare -- her laptop has been flakey lately.
So, what is better for an elementary school student? A used full-service laptop such as the one I'm on now (13" 1300x800 screen, XP, at least 1 GB RAM, at least 40 GB drive) occasionally available for $100, or an XP netbook (1024x600, 9 or 10 inch screen, 1GB RAM, 40+ GB drive), or a flash-drive netbook (specs unknown, probably an 8GB or 16GB drive).
I'm thinking of recommending Tiger Direct's Asus EEE at $240 or $299 (two chioces). I like my Acer XP netbook, but the 600 pixel screen is limiting on some web work. The price is right, for a machine with 1 GB of RAM and 160 GB of drive and XP for $240. He's hoping to get one for $100, but I'm not sure a five or six year old computer at $100 is really all that much cheaper than a new one with warranty at $240.