Interesting article, Steve. Thanks.
I finally bought a new laptop about 8 months ago (it's only my second one in more than a decade after my first one, which still works). It has a 17 inch high resolution screen, 32GB of RAM, a 6 core i7 theaded to 12 that will run at 4GHz if I want it to, a full size backlit keyboard that I can change the color and brightness on, killer graphics, 1TB of some pretty fast spinning rust, 2TB of some nasty fast NVME SSDs, Blue Tooth, both Cat 5 and Wireless Network connections, a shedload of ports (including but not limited to HDMI, USB 3, USB C, Display port, headset, mic, chip cards) that I could run at least two additional monitors on (but choose not to for now), and more including a pretty good built in camera, mic, and some fairly awesome stereo speakers . If I want to take it to the back porch to work with it, it has the range. Because it's my only machine, I don't have to worry about backing up multiple machines nor keeping them in sync or trying to remember which machine I stored something on even though it would be easy to network all of them together to do so. And it doesn't take as much space as a desktop, monitor, and keyboard.
I don't miss my desktop at all (haven't used one at home in more than a decade). Basically, I bought this new laptop as a "desktop" box that just happens to look like and have the portability of a laptop. 😀
I feel for you having to lug two laptops on travel. I assume it's because one is for work and one is for you? Very fortunately, I don't have that problem... we have a setup at work where we store work stuff on individually assigned "user drives" on the work network. It's kind of like working in the cloud but it's a company cloud of on-premise hardware and it's been working very well for the almost 9 years I've been working for my current company.
One of the really cool parts is that (compared to a desktop box) I can close it at night and not worry about a cat peeing on the keyboard (yeah... it's happened) or my sweetie dropping something on it.
Again... I'm just not missing a desktop.