Since it launched in 2007, the Eee PC has been a phenomenon. It’s a light, cheap and portable notebook computer, capable of doing nearly everything that a full-price and full-size notebook computer can do. It’s not really designed as a primary computer, but it’s a fantastic supplementary computer, perfect for lugging to and from work or taking on travels.
Of the various models of Eee floating around, we’d recommend the 901 running the Linux operating system (as opposed to Windows). It’s easy to use, hard to mess up or get infected with viruses and is powerful enough to do most of the things you want a notebook to do – surf the web, edit documents, chat on Skype and much more.
If you think he might want something a little closer to the capabilities of a fully-fledged notebook, then you can also look at the Eee PC 1000H, which has a larger screen and more storage capacity. The 1000H costs $699 and comes with Windows installed.