HP Compaq nc4400
I wanted a small and fast laptop that's capable of running Linux. My choice is a HP Compaq nc4400 since the Lenovo Thinkpad X-serie is too expensive. This HP and the Lenovo Thinkpad have a lot in common, for example they both sport a pointing stick and both lack an optical (cd/dvd) drive. My goal was to leave the pre-installed WinXP on the laptop and install Arch from an usb stick since I don't own an USB cd/dvd drive.