23% increase over the prior two weeks in the number of SKUs advertised with battery life. (34 to 42 SKUs) 23 SKUs I observed advertised battery life or inference to it during the week of 8/10/09, and 19 the week of 8/17/09. (See raw data at very end of blog.)2X increase in the number of ways battery life is being advertised. Four different ways observed from weeks of 7/27 and 8/3: “up to X hours, Y minutes”“up to X hours” (no minutes)“X+ hours” (no “up to”)“X cell battery for longer performance” (adds concept of battery cell) Five NEW ways battery life was described or inferred to the consumer weeks of 8/10 and 8/17 in addition to those listed above: “up to X hours of battery life that will last in class all day” (adds idea of all day computing)“X cell battery” (no information on what this means)“X cell battery will give you up to X hours of battery life” “X cell Li-ion battery” (no battery life claim and introduces battery type)Graphic with icons, small description, but no data.
I think a standard should be established, in lines of PCMarks / Sandra and Manufacturers should only be allowed to establish these values.. Its getting increasingly frustrating with all this obscured and Bloated numbers.
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It's hard to set a standard when using different applications. That's why people haven't returned their laptop based on these facts. CD/DVD ROM drives, graphic intensive, Hard drive, or computational applications will lower the battery life. As well as screen brightness. If you want something that will last longer, change the HD to a Solid State HD, and make sure you purchase a low powered CPU. Don't get a gaming laptop, keep your PC for that.
I purchased a Dell years ago and now I have the battery warning that it will not charge beyond 50% recently. When I purchased the laptop, I increased everything on it, CPU, memory, HD, graphics card. to make it last longer than the average laptop (and it still runs just as fast). Dell doesn't offer battery replacement. Best Buy DOES!!! So I'll just keep plugging it in until the bitter end.
use time only by the average situation, a standard must in same circumstance.
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While I know its hard to make battery life clams they are usually rediculous. For instance my netbook is claimed to get 2:30. The only way to do that is to not play games and turn wifi off. What may I ask am I going to do for two and a half hours with no internet and no games? I sure as heck don't wanna type on this tiny keyboard for that long. When I am using it normally I get anywhere from 1:20(playing games) t0 1:45/2:00 on the web.
Wow, I think you might just be onto something here!
"Still, no listing at all on the box is ludicrous. "
I don't know about that Shawn, I take it that the vast majority of people who buy Apple laptops have made the decision to purchase it before they even see the box. Such information would be irrelevant.
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