laptop battery life

Status
Not open for further replies.

basics

TS Rookie
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.
 

IronDuke

TS Rookie
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.
 

Tedster

Techspot old timer.....
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.
 

YellowC4S

TS Rookie
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
 

Tedster

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

I've seen worse.
 

Tedster

Techspot old timer.....
some laptop manufactuers sell jumbo battery packs for extended usage. I know Gateway is one of them.
 
Status
Not open for further replies.