He wants a medium or small replacement. First off, no macs... he's in law school and Bar doesn't allow macs in exams. Because is old notebook is dead, he needs something that will last, with a service plan that won't put him out of commission if it needs maintenance.
Gaming: Not required, but it would be nice.
At least 1 gig mem.
DVD burning is required.
Screen size lowest=13 biggest=17
Mostly used for internet, word, email, etc. No photoshop or other...