I don’t know how to start this, but I will say hands down that my Acer TravelMate has been the best experience with Linux I have ever had.
I managed to get my hands on this gem at my work, they were upgrading them with Dells, and I just had to grab one.
If you are interested in the specs they can be found here
So again, I started this beast up with an Arch installer, and the install went perfect, and all the drivers worked out of the box, besides the headphone jack, but that’s a normal issue and was easy to find a solution. So if you have trouble finding the money for a Thinkpad, I highly recommend one of these!