@duckneck 1) It's fine to keep the laptop plugged in. Modern systems will not overcharge the battery. You should every couple of months let the battery drain completely. 2) The 1510 with a GTX1070 8GB vs the HP Spectre with a MX150 2GB. The 1510 is a definite upgrade. And there's nothing wrong with the skinny 1710. The temps are just fine. 3) The 1510 supports GSync in Discrete mode @ 60Hz. The 1710 supports GSync in Discrete mode @ 75Hz, overclockable to 100Hz. 4) No, do not reverse the airflow on the cooler. You want to create air pressure, not take it away. 5) Using external monitors work just fine with mini-DP to DP cables. 6) There is 1 HDD bay, which contains a standard 1TB HDD. You can remove the HDD and replace it with a SSD if desired. You also have a second NVMe slot which you can add a 2nd NVMe SSD. (I added a 960 EVO 500GB on mine and kept the 1TB HDD) You could use a USB3 to SATA adapter and use the SSD externally too since you don't move it around too much. I also invested in an external 6TB Seagate USB3 drive for storage / backup.