I need to find a laptop for my mom. She will use it for internet surfing and playing very low end games like from bigfish http://www.bigfishgames.com/.
Screen Size 13-15.6"
weight - around 5lbs (less is better)
Brands: i prefer asus; she prefers hp but open to any
Also she has a tendency to drop stuff (about a foot in height) so durability big plus
would like to get one that would last at least 3-4yrs
It's small, light, and thin with a good CPU and even a discrete nvidia GPU that turns itself off to save battery when it's not needed. A lot of similar laptops sell for $700-800 so I was quite surprised to see this one at $550. Seemed like a great deal to me and had every feature I was looking for. Can't recommend it enough.
The only cons are the 5400rpm hard drive and the lack of USB 3.0. In all honesty 5400rpm is not that bad and it uses less battery than a 7200rpm. I'll probably upgrade it to a SSD somewhere down the line when I find a good deal. And as for USB 3.0 I don't have any USB 3.0 devices so I don't really care. I have a whole bunch of USB memory sticks but they're all 2.0 and I don't use them that much.