At best he can get a netbook which is not for gaming. I would at least double the budget for a modest gaming laptop. I took a brief look at laptops over at www.dabs.com, they did not have a laptop with a dedicated video card less than £400; you will be stuck with an integrated Intel HD 4500 video.
You can play games with an Intel GMA 4500M, but it is weak. Even the weakest ATI or nVidia card will be a little more powerful than what Intel offers.
For £400 I would get the following Lenovo G555 which has an AT Mobility HD 4200
Thanks for the replies! One helpful, one....not so helpful.....
To further the requirements of the first post, I should clarify.
Second-hand, used/abused would also be considered, doesn't have to be new! In addition, we're not looking for HD gaming with 24xAA etc, just something where most games can be playable, even on lowest settings!
Thanks for the tip on the Intel GMA 4500M, I'd never heard of it until now. I'll start focusing on lappies that have that chip in as well.
Great! Any other suggestions bearing the above new information in mind?