I'm new to the boards. Apologies if this is a tired topic, but I would appreciate feedback. I'm about to buy my first laptop, and am finding out that the one I'm trying out, a low-priced model (Toshiba Satelite M30X/M35X Series), lasts only about an hour and a half before needing to be recharged (if playing a dvd, it lasts only about an hour). Somehow I had guessed that batteries lasted longer in laptops. Am I nuts? Two questions: 1. What is the normal life for a laptop battery? 2. And if I want to stay in the relatively low-price arena, what are the best laptops to consider in terms of battery life? Thanks.