Originally Posted by burningrave101
Well the XPS 2 at least is meant more as a DTR then it is a portable laptop. Its too heavy and consumes the battery much too quickly to be considered a laptop for portability other then being able to move it much easier then a desktop. Personally i see no point in having a top of the line laptop and a desktop both because it just doubles your cost of everything and takes up a ton of room on your desk. A little 3.5" firewire enclosure doesn't take up hardly any room at all. Laptops today are becoming just as fast as most desktops, especially for gaming. The Pentium M is just as fast as the higher-end Athlon 64's and the Go 6800 Ultra will give you better then 6800GT performance on the desktop. The Go 7800 Ultra is do out soon and Intel will have their 65nm dual core Yonah mobile chip next year hopefully. Hard drive performance is really the only thing holding DTR laptops back and you can remedy that with a fast Firewire 800 or direct SATA connection.
I agree that most people use the 9300/xps as a DTR. I on the other hand will always use desktops, call me old fashioned. I already had a portable laptop but it wasn't powerful enough to play any games, I mainly use it for plugging into my truck for data logging, and for GPS mapping. I bought the XPS2 because it was powerful enough to play all the games, and portable enough to take to afghanistan with me. I couldn't find a backpack big enough to fit my full tower and 22" CRT in.
Until laptops are completely and easily upgradable and have room for expansion, I will probably never use one as a DTR.