Originally Posted by TylerDurden
Well I think AW is aiming their gear more toward the person who wants to just get rid of his/her desktop entirely. I mean I'm considering possibly doing so; but probably won't. I would assume (no facts to back this up) that the enthusiast high end laptop owner mainly uses his/her laptop at home, but taking it to lans and occasionally out of town as well. I guess I'm basing that off of what I'll mainly use it for. The Dell (even though is in the high end gaming category) is still really more fit/geared to the person who does work on his laptop with some play. Just MO based on the features the XPS2 has to offer.
No doubt that the XPS2 is probably easier to take traveling then the 7700 is. Though I'm sure with only 1 HD and 1 optical you could shave some weight.
I actually move my 5500 around a lot. With 802.11g and high speed internet access I use my computer in my studio, the living room, and my deck when the weather is nice. I have a black aluminum case so it's easy to move except hauling around power supplies and mice, audio interfaces, etc. I take it with me a lot too, I record rhthym tracks for projects at a studio with a big main room, so I work there and transfer projects to the laptop, and do all of the overdub work in my home studio with the laptop or my desktop. Anyway, I move mine around a lot, so I would love less weight, and longer battery life. If I was using mine mostly for gaming, the XPS2 would be pretty ideal for an all around computer, I would sacrifice multiple hard drives and optical drives for the battery life and weight. For both gaming and audio work, the 7700 would be a better choice for me, mostly because you can have mutiple hard drives (non-RAID, you use one drive for the system and the other for only audio data) and an optical drive (or two).