Originally Posted by gmnstrunr37
What does one spindle mean? Or two spindles? What advantages does it offer?
a "Spindle" just means a spinning bay for a storage drive. In the case of most full size laptops, there are 2 or 3 spindles, with one always accompanying the Hard Drive, the other usually an Optical Drive, and in some cases (becoming rarer) the Floppy Drive. It seems that most "Modern" full size laptops/notebooks are doing away with the floppy, so most are Two Spindles. The Dell 700m, is one of the few laptops with a 12" screen, and under 4.5 lbs that has two spindles, meaning that it can house a Hard Drive, AND an Optical drive at the same time. The IBM X series, as well as the older Dell "Ultra Portables" such as the 300m, ans x300 are all Single Spindles, and can only house a Hard Drive, with an Option to add an Optical Drive with the use of a USB port/Dock/PCMCIA connectivity. This is one of the main reasons I bought the 700m, for it's portability, great LCD, and the fact that I didn't have to lug around a seperate optical drive to watch DVD's.
Some guy sat next to me in a plane, and had an IBM X30. He busted out a seperate DVD-Rom drive and plugged it to his USB port to watch a DVD movie.