Latest Forum Posts

Latest News Posts
Coming Soon!
Social
Go Back   Techgage.com > Hardware > Mobile & Small Form-Factor Computing

Mobile & Small Form-Factor Computing Discuss notebooks, PDAs, Smartphones, Cell Phones and all other mobile devices here.

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 06-24-2011, 11:58 AM   #1
gsouthee
Obliviot
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Posts: 6
Default Note Book with Longest Battery Backup

Hello,

I am looking to buy a Notebook with battery backup of 8 hours or so. However, I don't even find a single notebook that can offer 4 hours of backup with heavy Multimedia.

Any recommendations or suggestions! What about Mini-notebooks are the worth buying.
gsouthee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-28-2011, 07:19 AM   #2
Kougar
Techgage Staff
 
Kougar's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Texas
Posts: 2,653
Default

Hey Gsouthee. I've seen some impressive results on a few laptops... the best is probably the Macbook Air, which is about to be refreshed. However, any dual-core Sandy Bridge laptop, 14-15" in size, with an 8 or 9-cell battery should be able to hit six hours with moderate usage. Larger 17" laptops and/or Quadcore processors will drop the battery life by several hours under load conditions.

If you really really want nine hours of battery life out of a laptop I'd either suggest carrying around a second 9-cell battery, or actually considering a newly refreshed MacBook Air as that's the only laptop I've seen hit nine hours with web surfing. I am assuming the next-gen model can do the same, something that needs to be proven...
__________________
Core i7 4770k 4.2Ghz
Gigabyte Z87X-UD5H
Crucial Ballistix Sport LP 1600MHz 32GB
EVGA GTX 480 HydroCopper FTW
ASUS Xonar DX
Corsair Neutron GTX 240GB | Windows 7 64-bit
Apogee XT + MCP655 & Thermochill Triple 140mm Radiator
Corsair AX1200 PSU | Cooler Master HAF-X

Kougar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-28-2011, 07:42 AM   #3
Optix
Basket Chassis
 
Optix's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: New Brunswick, Canada
Posts: 1,679
Default

Aww, and here I was hoping to read a dirty joke first thing in the morning.



The longest what?

Anyway, solid state drives will be a key component too (I'm surprised you didn't mention that, Robert ). Laptops are hitting a major sweet spot right now in price/performance/thermal performance/battery life.

Just wait until Ivy Bridge based lappies launch! Wow!
__________________

Intel i5 3570K, MSI Z77Z-GD55, 4x2GB Kingston Genesis 2133mhz, 120GB Mushkin Chronos SSD, 1TB Western Digital Caviar Blue, Intel 210 cache drive, MSI 7850 Power Edition OC, Corsair H100, Silverstone Strider 750w Gold, Killer2100 NIC, Corsair 600T SE White, LG W2242, ROCCAT Kone+, Isku & Kave, 3TB Seagate Backup+, 200GB Western Digital Scorpio Black external drive


Optix is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-28-2011, 04:46 PM   #4
Tharic-Nar
Techgage Staff
 
Tharic-Nar's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: UK
Posts: 1,166
Default

The Acer Timeline series have some of the longest battery lives out there. You are unlikely to find 4 hours of multimedia, like DVD playback and such, they tend to cap at around 2-3 hours, but web browsing and such, they can hit 8-10 hours.
__________________
PSU: Corsair 1000HX - Case: Thermaltake Xaser VI Full Tower - CPU: Intel Core i7 2600 @3.8GHz - Cooler: Thermaltake FRIO - Motherboard: ASUS P67 Sabertooth - Memory: 16GB Corsair Vengeance LP Arctic 1600 - GPU: 2x AMD Radeon HD 5870 - HDD: WD Caviar Black 1TB 6Gb/s +1TB +2TB storage - Audio: ODAC + O2 Amp, ASUS Xonar DX
K/B: Corsair K90 - Mouse: ROCCAT KONE XTD - Monitor: DELL U2410 - Speakers: Corsair SP2500 - Headphones: Beyerdynamic DT990 - Mic: Blue Yeti USB Microphone

- I need Fiber to fix my Irregular Bandwidth Syndrome -
Tharic-Nar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-05-2011, 05:30 PM   #5
Kougar
Techgage Staff
 
Kougar's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Texas
Posts: 2,653
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Optix View Post
Anyway, solid state drives will be a key component too (I'm surprised you didn't mention that, Robert ).
SSD's don't play a huge factor in battery life. Although they can help in many cases, it's a bad idea to upgrade to one just for battery life improvements as the benefits won't be anything near the investment cost. Those 5400RPM laptop drives are pretty light on power, and the higher-performing SSDs can use a few watts even without moving parts in them.


Quote:
Originally Posted by Optix View Post
Just wait until Ivy Bridge based lappies launch! Wow!
Yes, should be a really really nice improvement with those! But that's gonna be what, December or January?
__________________
Core i7 4770k 4.2Ghz
Gigabyte Z87X-UD5H
Crucial Ballistix Sport LP 1600MHz 32GB
EVGA GTX 480 HydroCopper FTW
ASUS Xonar DX
Corsair Neutron GTX 240GB | Windows 7 64-bit
Apogee XT + MCP655 & Thermochill Triple 140mm Radiator
Corsair AX1200 PSU | Cooler Master HAF-X


Last edited by Kougar; 07-05-2011 at 05:32 PM.
Kougar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-07-2011, 03:21 PM   #6
Synesthesia
Obliviot
 
Synesthesia's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 20
Default

Asus UL80JT? with 12-hour battery life
Synesthesia is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
It's World Backup Day - Backup Your Shit! Rob Williams General Software 4 04-03-2013 09:01 PM
1992 Sears Wish Book Rob Williams Off Topic 1 11-11-2012 09:06 PM
LG Announces X-Note Z330 Ultrabook that Boots in 9.9 Seconds Rob Williams Mobile & Small Form-Factor Computing 0 12-05-2011 02:17 PM
Book smell... spray? Rob Williams Off Topic 12 06-30-2009 01:31 AM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 10:18 PM.