Does he like more battery life in a laptop? How about screen size? Does he want something that's portable and lightweight? There are so many notebooks out there that are great quality, so it's hard to narrow it down to a specific recommendation without knowing a few more details. As for opinions on the ones you have picked, I think they are OK. I think there are better ones for the price too, though. It just depends on what features you are looking for. Take this one, for example...http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834215397
It's got a better CPU than the first one you picked, better graphics, and it's got awesome battery life. But it's relatively heavy, and it's a smaller screen.