The main reason why I think Arch is better than the rest is the package manager, otherwise known as pacman. It is fast and extremely solid. No other package manager has been this reliable in all my years of running Linux.
Another important reason is that the documentation is extremely good. So good, in fact, that many other Linux distributions link to it when writing their own official documentation. I've had very few instances where the Arch wiki has not bailed me out in some way or another.
The final reason has to be the Arch User Repository, which is a great way to install foreign (aka non-community) packages. It allows me to quickly and precisely see what will be installed and where (as opposed to hiding it behind an abstracted GUI).
To summarize, it is my sincere opinion that no matter what kind of system you're aiming to install, be it a lightweight, speedy server or a full-fledged desktop with all the bells and whistles, Arch is definitely the best way to go about doing it.
While Arch is as close to perfect as any Linux distro could hope to be, it does have a couple of characteristics that a new user should keep in mind:
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Arch is, by far, the best Linux distribution that I've ever tried. It gives me all the power to create a completely tailor-made installation on whatever device I happen to be on. I have personally used it on headless servers, desktops, notebooks, plug computers... Anything I can get my hands on, really.