Let's dispense with the pleasantries out of the gate and get straight to the point that I KNOW I may not have been the best I could be this past year (I swear - I didn't know monkeys frequently get digestive problems with peanut butter). However, I feel the time has come to ask, no, DEMAND you to send your elves into the design room and emerge with a new iteration of what mobile computing SHOULD be. It's not too complicated of a concept, so I am hoping I will see it sooner than later...
First, please be sure the laptop subscribes to the visual appearance taste of Apple'sMacBook line. I am a big fan of awesome industrial design, and think that while some PC manufacturers are making good attempts to match Apple in this category (like this one), most feel aesthetic design is irrelevant to the end user's experience...WRONG. Take a look at this laptop, and you'll see what NOT to do.
Second, the underlying hardware has to be amped up. Start with a processor that offers the unbelievable speed and capability of the Nehalem, but also consumes less power. Next, put an ASIC on the motherboard that allows for more RAM to be addressed...16GB is a good start. I will also want more than a single physical 1Gbps NIC port to supplement my WiFi connection - I may need to access different networks at the same time from my machine and don't want to resort to parlor tricks like using VLANs to make it happen.
Finally, my laptop must ship with the VMWare ESXi Hypervisor built into the machine's firmware or bootable from its (at least) 500GB SSD. From there, give me a cool looking overlay interface I can use to manage which Virtual Machines I can boot up to and switch between on a whim. Plus, depending on where I am physically plugging in my new laptop, I may want to use the iSCSI Inititator built in to ESXi to gain access to VMs NOT on my local hard drive.
And there you have it, Santa. A simple request from a humble computer geek...let me know when it ships!
P.S. I'm OK if you have to skip giving gifts to my kids this year to make my dream happen - kids love surprises and mine only deserve coal, anyway.