ShadowKill, as jonnycage has outlined, this thread is about a recommendation for a new laptop... Not about getting his old one to boot...
Frankly any computer which the USB ports are dead on, I would immediately get a new PC! USB ports are essential to me, and if they don't work. Then its time for a new computer
Also he said HE wasn't buying it, His boss is going to make the purchase, so its not like he would be spending anything at all. And new mini laptop's are nice and don't even cost that much!
Anyway I'm thinking of getting a laptop too, (I don't even have one to begin with so I can't say 'new')
I'm trying to decide which though. I'm leaning towards an Asus eee-pc (since a faster processor ATOM), but the HP mini note 2133 looks good as well. Though I don't like how the mouse buttons are on the left and right sides of the touch pad. You'd probably have to bring an optical mouse with you to not be annoyed by it...
HP mini note