I'd agree, Brian, but if that's all he's got then he may be able to at least get it
a little better...
I believe you are traveling right now so a laptop is probably all you
have to work with... If you later find that you want to get more serious
with photography then a decent desktop PC and monitor would be a good
idea... But for now you can (probably) at least get your lappy desplay a
little better than it is and that will help...