Linux Lite is my first choice. I've been using it for about three years now on my main laptop (G751JL Asus). I have lampp installed and find XFCE ideal for one-click navigation.
I also have MXLinux installed on an old HP EliteBook 8540w, and like it.
Of course, Linux Mint works well too, I've installed it on several laptops for non-tech friends.