Of course it has a SATA connection..
Well, in general the Crucial/Samsung/Intel drives are well regarded for reliability, the rest are all about the same.
Usually, by brand, the ones with the lame names are last gen technology, so these probably use older controllers / designs that have been renamed. Does it matter? In this case, probably not. Just make sure she actually has a SATA connection in there, a laptop with a < 64GB harddrive to begin with must be quite old.