If he's not going to be running any demanding apps, then why not a netbook like the Asus EEE - about £250. Or the Lenovo S10 Atom N270 for around £300.
Mike L Gerry Winskill wrote:
A friend has belatedly decided it's time he joined the computer age and asked me for suggestions for a moderately priced laptop. Since I haven't looked at what's available for about 5 years, I thought I'd better ask you lot, wot knows more about these things than I do.I guess he's not going to want it for more than emails, looking at photographs and, if I can persuade him, the internet.Any ideas please? Gerry Winskill