Netbooks are the answer, and right now there's a slew of Black Friday-style sales that are making full-featured Netbooks available for around $300. While most companies don't like to buy retail, these deals might be a good time to make an exception. Picking up one or two of these babies as "loaner" units for workers who travel seems like a no brainer.
bMighty's Value Gift Guide recommends the Samsung NC10 for its excellent keyboard, and it's a great unit. But if you're shopping the bargain basement, Dell's selling the Linux version of its Mini 9 for $299 on Black Friday. And Staples offers the Windows XP version of the Acer Aspire One for $349.
Of course, you could hold out and wait for the rumored $200 Asus eeePC next year, but sometimes a Netbook in the hand is worth more than a cheaper one in the bush. Or something like that.