i fully agree with you if it’s about recording. A laptop is always a compromise. Even for stage purpouses, if the budget is of no importance, you could take a well encased desktop with you. But in my experience 1/weight is important. External keyboards and stuff can be rented localy. But carrying big boxes on an airplane is not very intuitive. (certainly not after i’ve encountered how “soft” gear is being treated on airports)
A laptop is a great alternative for such cases. It is powerfull enough. It is portable. It is lightweight. But, then and again, it is unrealistic to stay all the time near to the gear. I’ve lost one dongle some years ago in such conditions. One moment is enough to have someone running away with it. So i think i fully understand the reason why Curteye wants his dongle inside his laptop. But then again, if they run with the laptop, you loose everything.
I nowadays try to seperate the dongle and the laptop and when i have to store things the dongle goes in to the wallet, and comes out a few hours before the gig. If they steal the laptop, it is a) theft protected and b) insured, c) a copy of the content is in the cloud. But i do still have those licenses that i have to protect with my life or loose the (expensive) software. (their is a one-time replacement policie at SB) This is a shame in my opinion.
So for me: getting rid of that little nasty usb thing is the best thing SB can do for me, so i can stay the proud owner of some licenses. It is no effort to put those online nowadays…but no, we have to carry them with us like a car key.
it is just an opinion about the topic, and FWIW.