ASUS U6S Ultraportable Notebook

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Transitioning Testing to MobileMark 2007

Rounding out our testing, we ran MobileMark 2007 to assess the notebook's overall battery life while running a series of applications through a testing script. 

We are using the standard benchmark settings from Bapco, along with a few other minor system tweaks. The screensaver was disabled and the volume was set at approximately 20%.

MobileMark 2007 utilizes the following applications

* Adobe Acrobat Reader 7.0

* Adobe Illustrator CS2

* Adobe Photoshop CS2

* Apple QuickTime 7.1
* Intervideo WinDVD 8

* Macromedia Flash 8

* Microsoft Office 2003 Pro

* Microsoft Project 2003

* Winzip 10.0

With the included 6-cell battery, the ASUS U6S provided almost two an a half hours worth of battery life during the MobileMark 2007 battery test. While that isn't bad for an average notebook, two hours and a half is rather low for an ultraportable. Battery life is one of the most important features of an ultraportable notebook and the U6S' poor performance really hurt's its ability to fulfill its main purpose of providing an extremely portable mobile computing platform.

Since the ASUS U6S is significantly better equipped than most ultraportable laptops, it isn't a huge surprise that the U6S provides poor battery life for its class. However, it is still disappointing that we weren't able to get at least three hours from the U6S.

Note that 3-cell and 9-cell batteries are also available for the U6S, although they may need to be purchased separately depending on where you purchased your U6S. Battery life with the 3-cell battery is expected to be quite poor, while the 9-cell should provide over three hours of battery life.

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