My mother's Toshiba laptop is just about dead, so I am thinking about picking one up for her and setting it up the next time I visit them (first week in September). She is in her late 60s, and only uses the computer for email, and web browsing. Unfortunately (since I have a ton of desktop parts), she wants a laptop. So ideally, I am looking for something RELIABLE with a decent processor/RAM (to be somewhat "future proof"), a big display (at least 15 inches), and wireless 802.11n (I upgraded my parents home network to N last year...). Now, the problem - she can't really afford more than about $350. I am willing to put in some money above that, but really want to keep it under about $600 - especially if that buys a more reliable machine that can last several years.
I haven't bought a PC laptop in a long time, but I've had good luck with brands like Asus, and lenovo, and would prefer to stay away from Acer (and anyone that loads up their machines with tons of bloatware, like Sony). Suggestions?