Originally Posted by MrMsyvc
Perhaps he means you can't plug the media bay directly into the M1710, although the bay of course plugs into the D/Dock.
Correct. The Mediabay items are not compatible with the M1710. And the MediaBay battery (the most useful item since the XPS already has an optical bay) does not work inside the XPS to take with you.
I see lil use of the MediaBay in the D/Dock because of the lack of usability in or out of the dock. Why would you want 2 optical drives? Even if you bury the laptop in your desk, you cannot leave just the D/Dock exposed in a very usable location to access those features.
The D/Port and D/Dock were designed to enhance smaller laptops that can be made ultra-portable by swapping the optical drive and additional battery inside the D/Dock. They were also meant for systems that were so small that there was no on-board optical drive in the system to start in order to cram enough decent performance hardware inside the systems.
If someone were to ask about one or the other I would say just go with the D/Port. But there is one bug I have encountered by use of the D/Port. When I'm docked my Mic-In port on the laptop no longer functions in Vista. It appears the headphone jack still works... BUT maybe since the D/Port doesn't have a Mic port it disables the function from working as the D/Port takes over all external ports on the laptop when connected.
The D/Port does provide great benefit in terms of not having to disconnect/reconnect multiple items whenever you take the system with you somewhere. I'll just get a good USB headset to avoid the Mic problem after I'm sure that the combo of the D/Port and Vista are causing the lack of function and it's not just some some driver issue that can be fixed.
Another feature that isn't mentioned enough is that the D/Port and D/Dock have plenty of bandwidth. So much so that the external display ports can be used for internal and external 1920x1200 viewing simultaneously even while you are gaming on one screen while running Vista in Aero on the other screen. It's quite pleasing.