For the Q1 I've been able to cut the number of connections to 3 :
- external monitor
- USB devices
Currently I have the standard battery but with the 6 cell battery, I think I can eliminate the power connection during the day at least half of the time. The USB connection goes to a 4:1 USB hub to which I have my printer, external hard drive and wireless keyboard/mouse connected. For internet connection I use WiFi so no wired connection for that.
Still not as nice as my old Acer setup but so far doable.