Rocker,it depends on how much use this will get.If he only wants to write essays/homework etc surfing the net...it will do.
Personally i would say,it lacks any punch,low Ram,small Hardrive,CD-rewriter would be handy,etc....by the time you took any upgrades,the cost would be nearing the price of a Dell or similar.
If your budget could stretch a little bit,maybe a Dell click here or from Dell outlet
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Good luck,dont forget to let us know on your final choice.
Hope this helps.