I canceled my order for the Alienware M11x because they were unable to deliver it in time for a long trip. I took a regular netbook instead - not very powerful, doesn’t play many games very well, but I wasn’t about to take my Dell M1710 on the trip due to it’s weight and VERY short battery life.
After I got back and was doing some gaming and other activities on the M1710, after computing exclusively on the little 11" screen on my Acer, I realized how much I prefer that nice big 17" screen.
So - as I evaluate my next laptop purchase, here’s the question:
Are there any notebooks out there with a nice big 17" screen, powerful CPU and GPU (enough to play today’s games,) but yet are still light and have a long batter life? Or is that like asking for perpetual energy or an effective Congress?
You can look for models that have hybrid GPU setups, letting you switch between the integrated video for battery life and a dedicated GPU for performance. I don’t know how light you’ll be looking at, though.
Alternatively, some business laptop have removable CD/DVD drives, where you can buy a second battery that can be inserted into that slot. Of course, the whole laptop weighs like 12 lbs now, but 5 hours uptime!
If there really is a model of laptop like what you spec-ed out, Jeff, then it would become the world’s best selling model ever. Everyone in the world will buy 1 or 2 of it.