As a laptop aficionado, I often find that notebook battery life is just not enough for my needs. Whether itís playing Quake III on a long train journey or having an extended chat with friends in a cafe over Perl code, watching that battery power drain quickly away is always a worrying sight.

Not to worry, Intel is on the case. Some sources suggest that many devices utilising Intel's upcoming Merom processor will break the five-hour barrier for battery life. The Merom processor, which will be debut as Core Duo T5000 and T7000 series in the fourth quarter of this year, will offer users at least 300 minutes. Intel is on a mission to get operational battery life up to eight hours by 2008.