|I haven't really kept up with laptops in a few years but it has been my experience that there is really no difference physically brand to brand. Look for what you feel is needed and check reviews. Find out about warrenties and tech support. For just simple browsing any of the major brands should be just fine. What I would look for is support and what that will cost me after the sale. I have heard that Compaq support sucks but I myself have not dealt with them. It doesn't need to be the top of the line for just browsing.|
Some questions to ask yourself:
How exactly will it be used now?
Does it have to be portable? If not a desktop pc or mac may be the way to go due to longevity.
How long a battery life do I need?
How will I connect to the internet?
How big a monitor do I need.
Do I want to upgrade later ( be able to do more like games or video editing )?
Does it really have to be the fastest thing out there? This may save you some money.
If it is not being used for gaming or video editing or anything else that is video intensive then 2 - 3 gb of ram is really more than enough.
If your not storing major files then 160gb hard drive is of more than sufficient size.
For just browsing there is nothing wrong with a Celeron processor. No it is not near as fast as say a quad core but if all your processing is page clicks from site to site you really won't see a big leap in performance with the more expensive processor.
After answering some of these questions and finding more than one that fits your needs look at price.