Okay, I'll keep them in mind but keyboard and trackpoint will probably keep leading me back to Lenovo or Dell.
The main advantage of Thinkpad keyboards, their superb layout, is now gone. As far as the trackpoint, I was addicted to it as well when I first started using laptops a decade ago. Fortunately, at some point I spent several months to learn how to use the touchpad properly and since then I have actually preferred it over the trackpoint, enabling me to abandon the Thinkpad brand (after owning 45 Thinkpads!) and start exploring other brands.
And I don't know about those 15.5" screens now. I sit next to people with some of these massive laptops with the widescreens and find I actually really like the 12" size. Thing is, higher resolution could be nice?
I agree that 15.6" (or 15.5") laptops are huge. Even 14.*-inch 16:9 laptops are too big for my liking. 12" is a convenient size but the great majority of 12" 16:9 laptops only have 1366x768 resolution. You may want to consider getting a 13-inch laptop with 1600x900. Several ultrabooks have such screens.
Apparently there also exists FHD which is 1920x1080?