We travel in different circles amigo...Well I'm glad there are ample power outlets for most folks. I guess I travel in all the wrong places then
Hang around in airports for a while and you'll see that ac outlets are a first come first serve sort of thing. You can get one - but not always.
Meetings that drag on for-damn-ever - no outlets.
Long flights are bit or a battery challenge as well. You might not fly much - I do - I dig having a long lasting battery.
Following the 82nd Airborne around in Botswana or the MN National Guard in Kosovo, or following heavy engineers building a road on Annette Island in Alaska...Not so many outlets... A good friend spent a lot of uncomfortable hours sitting whithin kissing distance of a massive diesel generator trying to keep his BAG (big ass Gateway) charged up while following the initial push into Iraq.
Hell - when I'm home - to just be able to plop on the couch and surf for 5 or 6 hours without having to worry about uncoiling an AC Adapter is sweet.
If dragging around 10lbs of Clevo and 1lbs of AC Adapter is acceptable for you then by all *means* knock yourself out! You're obviously happy with them so live and let live!
Just accept that there are folks that are happy that the Pentium M has come along and feel that they're getting their money's worth. My T41p is ultra quiet, runs cool, is damn all fast, and can play *anything* I throw at it with aplomb. To make things even better it's an inch thick and weighs around 4-5lbs. I'm way happy about that.
The systems that we're now issued from the Army are Dell D60's with 1.6 Pentium M's and Nvidia 128Meg GPU's. They're *great* - wide screen, fast, (but a bit heavy and large to tote around) - and have excellent battery life.
None of us want to go back to the big, battery hungry, P4M powered Gateways we used to have to tote around...(they're the main reason so many of us started buying our own systems for field work).