Seriously, its just no longer a big-ass latch and cover deal. Now you have to take the single-piece bottom off with four screws, and then the battery comes out after a few screws inside. It's not like the battery itself is molded into the logic board, it's just directly touching some contacts inside. It's a 10 minute job at most to take it out, which to me is an awesome payoff for an 8 hour battery life. I've never wanted a 17" notebook before this. My last 17 incher was a Dell XPS M170. Big, 10 pounds(12 with power brick, literally the size of a brick), hot, thick, and lasted 1.5 hours on a 9 cell battery.