I have a friend I owe favors to who does not know much about computers and wants me to pick one for him to buy. However, I cannot convince him to buy an Apple yet . He wants a windows laptop now for his mother that he can occasionally travel with, and later when he gets one that is mainly for himself he says he will look into Apple. I don't know anything about windows machines, though, and could use some help. Here are his specifications: Laptop. Doesn't care about the size, it can be a think, heavy clunker. He isn't going to use it for anything that requires lots of power. Mainly using MS Office, the internet, and some scholarly apps (such as EndNote). Screen roughly 15" (he likes my PB screen size). Good brand - one that is reliable (yeah yeah, I want him to get an Apple too). It doesn't have to be some super top of the line machine, but he is ok with spending money to make sure it is a reliable computer. He was thinking an IBM, having heard they make good computers. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance.