Originally Posted by Wade Phillips
I don't know man but after 4 months looking (and across multiple forums
) you should be an expert on 17" notebooks by now.
Pretty clear this won't be among the thinnest or lightest at 18+ inches, but nobody's going to know until specs are published or the thing gets a hands on review. You want a guess? It weighs a lot and will make great poker machine, well past the point of excess.
You're going to have to make a compromise at some point. "Big" and "mobile" work against each other. You ever consider getting a main laptop, and a smaller thing (maybe even a netbook) to run around with?
Truth is that no matter what 17" machine you get, it will weigh something significant. My advice would look similar to Wade's, except I cut out the need for both a bigger and smaller laptop by simply having a very small laptop to use on the go (Alienware m11x rev 1, so like 7-8 hours battery!) and having a powerhouse of a desktop at home. My lappy is super portable, with netbook-like size, and still powerful enough to power large external displays when it needs to emulate a larger laptop.
The only objection to this would be if you can't afford both a decent desktop and portable laptop. Still, I really believe that if you can afford to throw money down on a laptop that is 17"-18", you can find a way to fund a similarly equipped desktop for less money and tack on a small notebook that is for portable use, perhaps even a netbook as Wade mentioned. In fact, with some of the stuff that is coming out at CES (AMD Fusion comes to mind), this might not be as lethargic an option as it has been in years past.