Pointer sticks? As in an eraser head? I don't see too many laptops with those anymore, though IBM seems to still have them.
IBM isn't known for bleeding edge laptops, but they are pretty thin these days and rock solid, physically. I have a few friends who have IBM's, and they've put their laptops through some hell and they are still running fine. Not to mention, they have a high reputation among the few laptop mailing lists I follow. But, they aren't the prettiest or cheapest laptops.
I personally stick with Toshiba, since they are usually at the bleeding edge of laptop technology. I've had 3 Toshiba's now, and no complaints on any of them.