Larger battery or second hard drive option in place of optical drive on laptops
I plan to purchase an XPS laptop when the third generation mobile Core i5s become available. I am a software developer so my needs might be a bit atypical.
First, I would like a 17-inch screen without a discrete graphics card. If you buy 17 inches, manufacturers typically assume you are heavily into gaming or multimedia playback. I just find the larger screen easy to work with for extended periods when on the go and I don’t like how the discrete graphics card and its accompanying fan cause the battery to drain quickly.
With high capacity USB sticks available, I hardly ever use the optical drive now. It would be nice if more laptops were available either without an optical drive or with the option of making the optical drive an optional separate peripheral. I currently have an external optical USB drive for use across all my machines. The extra space could be used for a larger battery, a second drive or other options. For me, a second drive would be useful for running two different operating systems in either a multiple boot setup or virtualized with one system as a guest.
I guess what I am really after is a 17-inch machine that runs cool, allows for more than one operating system and has a long battery life.