I currently have a MacBook Pro, and besides technically being a great laptop, the battery life (in my opinion) is really bad, around 2.5hrs. I talk to other mobile friends and aparently this is the norm. Norm or not, I don’t consider a computer “mobile” until I can take it somewhere and use it for atleast 4 hours, preferably 5, and anything over 5 just makes my eyes sparkle with happiness.
Alot of comments I’ve gotten recently are “So what, just take your charger with you”, well if I always need to be within 2′ of an electrical outlet, it’s not really a mobile solution anymore, so this doesn’t cut it.
The laptop I’ve been looking at replacing my MacBook Pro is the ThinkPad T60 with the 9-cell battery. I’ve been all over the web trying to find information about the battery life on it and here is what I have so far (times are linked to the reviews the info came from, rating in parens rating the battery life is my own qualification):
Can someone help me out here? The last test uses the Intel integrated crap-graphics and show 3D scores of like 5fps in 2-year old games, but almost 8 hours of battery life? In their “most typical web browsing tests with ‘Max Battery Life’ setting” the laptop eeked out just under 9 hours! That is absolutely incredible. Let’s look at the differences:
- Reviews #1, #2, #3 use the 2.0Ghz Core Duo chip
- Reviews #1, #2, #3 use the ATI X1400 Graphics Chip
- Reviews #1, #2, #3 use the 15″ 1400×1050 Screen
And the reason Review #4 got such insanely high scores seem to be:
- Review #4 uses the integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950
- Review #4 uses the 1.83 Core Duo chip
- Review #4 uses the 14.1″ 1400×1050 Screen
So cutting .17Ghz off the speed of your chip, 0.9 inches off the screen (keeping the same resolution) and using the integrated Intel graphics chip means you get in the ballpark of 2 more hours out of your laptop battery? Sign me up!
I would probably order the T60 setup like Review #4 right now if I didn’t have concerns for both the Core 2 Duo chips which aparently don’t use anymore power than the current series and are even faster and additionally the inability of the Intel graphics chipset to do any 3D at all; I would like the option atleast to run Vista on my laptop when it comes out, even though it probably won’t be laptop friendly until after the first 1 or 2 major service pack releases and OEMs have more than a year with it to port over all their utilities (unless that’s been happening in the background?).
Either way, the first review really made me want to pass on the entire idea, but the 3 other reviews really made me want to get the ThinkPad T60, but then #4 made me nervous again because those numbers are just rediculously high… atleast from what I’m experiencing with mobile computing in general.
If anyone had any input or comments on this I’d love to hear them. I’m sort of in the dark right now and done all the research I can, short of buying it. (Digg this)