laptop battery?

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by mooo, Jun 28, 2005.

  1. mooo

    mooo thecyberninja

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    I am looking at laptops right now..
    I was looking at a p4 but a friend told me that getting a p4 laptop the life span is horried, about 2hours if i am lucky and he told me to get the mobile centrino where it last about 4hours. Is there a website i can look and see the battery life and or any input would be great :)
     
  2. Henyman

    Henyman Secret Goat Fetish Political User

    my 2.8 P4 lasts 4+ hours ;)

    it runs underclocked to ~1.5 in low power mode to extend battery, still more than fast enough for browsing web etc. takes 2 clicks to put in on full power mode :D

    that said the centrino chips last even longer due to lower power usage, but tend to cost a bit more :s
     
  3. NetRyder

    NetRyder Tech Junkie Folding Team

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    Tha battery life is also obviously determined by the capacity of the battery itself, which is why some P4-based notebooks might even have better battery life than Pentium-M machines with smaller batteries. That also means the P-M machines are smaller and lighter, but such models usually come with higher capacity batteries as well. With that said, most Pentium-M based machines that are sold today will almost always have better battery life and will be thinner and lighter than P4-based systems.

    Bear in mind that there are notebooks with P4 CPUs as well as P4-M (not Pentium-M) CPU's and there's a difference between those two as well. P4-M CPU's have SpeedStepping, which means the clock speed fluctuates depending on the kind of task the machine is working on and the power-saving settings in effect.

    Basically, as far as battery life and size/thickness goes:
    Pentium-M > Pentium 4-M > Pentium 4
     
  4. madmatt

    madmatt Bow Down to the King Political User

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    I have a 4lbs. Sony Vaio notebook and I'm lucky to get three hours out of it. I am running a brand new Pentium M chip. Granted I have a huge HDD, 1GB of RAM, and a Nvidia graphics card. So keep in mind, the more you are running the less your battery life is going to be. I could turn this notebook on and leave it sitting idle and it would last five hours.

    But, it's 4lbs. which is great for business and traveling.
     
  5. mooo

    mooo thecyberninja

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    Well here is what i am looking at as of right now.
    Display
    15" SXGA Screen 1400x1050
    Processor
    Intel Pentium M 740 1.73GHz 533MHz FSB
    Ram
    1024MB PC2700 DDR333 (2x512)
    Exterior Finish
    Standard Finish Standard Finish
    Video Card
    256MB PCI-Express ATI X700
    Primary Hard Drive
    80GB 7200 RPM Hard Drive
    Bay 1 Media Drive
    8X DVD +/- R/RW /CDRW Dual Layer Combo Drive
    Modem
    56K RJ11 Phone Modem 56K RJ11 Phone Modem
    Network Card
    10/100/1000 NIC 10/100/1000 NIC
    Camera
    Integrated Digital Video Camera Integrated Digital Video Camera
    Battery
    12 Cell Battery 12 Cell Battery
    Wireless Network
    Internal 802.11G WIFI Internal 802.11G WIFI
    Warranty
    2 Year Warranty w/ Accidental LCD Damage Protection (24/7)


    If i were playing a movie or playing UT or WOW, how long do you think the life would be?
     
  6. madmatt

    madmatt Bow Down to the King Political User

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    Another thing to consider, the larger the LCD the more it's going to suck up. I have a 13.3 widescreen with XBrite Technology (supposed to be brighter and better quality than normal).

    It's very difficult to judge how long your battery will last. That is a powerful notebook.

    The nice thing about today's notebooks is that some include software that allow you to watch a DVD or listen to music without having to boot Windows.

    Playing a game on the other hand would be a big performance hit and would likely suck up power.
     
  7. Henyman

    Henyman Secret Goat Fetish Political User

    for playing games you would want to plug in the mains ;)
     
  8. madmatt

    madmatt Bow Down to the King Political User

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    Also, it is worth noting that a notebook may peform slower because the way the Pentium M is designed when on battery power.
     
  9. tibboh

    tibboh Arte et Marte

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    Bought a Toishiba laptop (P4) last year for daughter.

    Have just bought 2 similar spec toshibas a few months ago and both with Centrino chip and they knock the socks off the P4 in speed and battery power.

    Pay the wee bit extra and u will not be disappointed
     
  10. Ferral_Imp

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    It'd probably be safe to guess that it'd last about half as long as the max battery life quoted in the system description. The more cpu/graphics intensive what you're doing on the laptop is the shorter the battery life is.

    I'd personally advise you to go with a P-M over a P4 system if your main concern is battery life and you're going to be mainly playing games and web surfing.