Originally Posted by ozone
To go off the beaten track a bit... if your brother is really only concerned about writing, email, internet, etc. and is not bothered about extensive Windows compatibility, why not try an Apple iBook? 12" screen, under 5 lbs., about 4 to 5 hours battery life, and it's a lifestyle statement. One of my students uses an iBook and he's an engineering student: suits him fine.