|For one, it can play DVDs and CDs without booting the operating system (see other systems with this feature here).
I asked about this a little while ago and I am now as confused as ever as to the answer.
My understanding, from 9300 owners, was that there was some sort of media control gimmick that still booted you up into XP, and just launched a media app.
This is very different from laptops like the HP dv1000 (mentioned in the XPS 2 review), which work just like the CD player on the Sager laptops do - you can listen to music, etc from a built in player without booting the machine into windows. The HP and a couple others take this one step further - it does the same for DVD's. The advantage to this, other than it would boot faster, is it conserves battery life.
From what the CNET review says, it seems the XPS 2 has this feature as well, although it doesn't really say much about it. I have no idea if this is another little detail that has been left off the 9300 series or not - I'd love for 9300 owners to test it out.