If he needs/wants a DVD drive he's have to move up into a 13" chassis.
Anything other than the bog-standard 1366x768 LCD resolution is probably out of his price range. You start seeing extra cost options for 1600x900 in 14" models. Samsung 400 12.5" laptop £525
Core i3-2310M (2.1Ghz) Sandy Bridge CPU, 3GB RAM, 320GB 7200rpm HDD, 12.5" 1366x768 LCD w/ HD 3000 graphics.
Has an anti-glare matte screen - handy for outdoor usage in the shade or other glare prone situations.