Asus W90Vp 18.4" Gaming Notebook

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Battery Performance

Despite the fact that Asus' W90Vp comes with a 12-cell battery, that battery is having to power a desktop processor in what amounts to a desktop chipset, in addition to a pair of GPUs. In other words, you can't possibly expect this thing to last long untethered from the wall. With both wireless radios (Bluetooth and Wi-Fi) flipped on, we were able to squeeze out 63 minutes before it forced itself into hibernation. If you throw a Blu-ray Disc in there, expect to see that number drop by a few minutes; if you turn the brightness down to its minimum level and kill the wireless radios, you might be able to hit the 1.5 hour mark.

Still, we'd say right around an hour is average for a machine of this type, and if you think you'd frequently be using your laptop for over an hour at a time away an AC outlet, the W90Vp isn't for you. As we stated earlier, Asus never intended for this machine to be used for any length of time without being plugged in, and honestly, we were actually impressed that it lasted as long as it did given the sheer size and hardware within. In fact, it bested Toshiba's Qosmio X305-Q725 by around 16 minutes, or in more favorable terms, just over 25%.

If you're truly planning to use this as a desktop replacement, the one hour battery life won't be an issue. It's plenty to shift your seat at a LAN party or take it from one floor to another in an apartment. It probably won't do you much good as an airplane companion, but then again, you'd need a first class seat just to open this thing up on board.

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