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laptop battery life

By basics
Jun 18, 2005
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  1. 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.
  2. IronDuke

    IronDuke TS Rookie Posts: 1,267

    1. I'd say between 45 minutes and 3+ hours. My Thinkpad lasts on average 2 1/2 - 3 hours doing office work.

    2. Depends if you think Thinkpad is in the relatively low-price arena.
  3. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,074   +13

    laptop battery life varies considerably.
    Factors include, # of components inside laptop, load on computer, brightness of screen, size and output of battery, age of battery, and condition of battery.
  4. YellowC4S

    YellowC4S TS Rookie Posts: 125

    I get about an Hour and 15 minutes or so on a Sager 9860 notebook with:
    P4 3.6
    2gb DDR2 ram
    Nvidia 6800 GO PCi-E graphics w/256mb DDR3 ram
    2x80gb hdds SATA RAID striped
    DVD/CDRW Drive
    DL DVD/R Drive
    Built in TV tuner
    Built in Wireless
    Bluetooth
    Creative Labs Audigy 2ZS PCMCIA soundcard
    Sasem USB2.0 HDTV Tuner
  5. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,074   +13

    that's not great, but it's not terrible either considering all the components you have.

    I've seen worse.
  6. YellowC4S

    YellowC4S TS Rookie Posts: 125

    Yes, I guess one can surmise I didn't buy this puppy for its battery lifelll :haha:
  7. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,074   +13

    some laptop manufactuers sell jumbo battery packs for extended usage. I know Gateway is one of them.
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