Centrino Duo Whitebook: A Do-It-Yourself Laptop
For the battery performance tests, we used 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 2002 utilizes the following applications:
- Microsoft Word 2002
- Microsoft Excel 2002
- Microsoft PowerPoint 2002
- Microsoft Outlook 2002
- Netscape Communicator 6.0
- McAfee VirusScan 5.13
- Adobe Photoshop 6.0.1
- Macromedia Flash 5
- WinZip 8.0
The ASUS Z96JS performed well under battery power and was able to secure the highest overall score. The Z96JS' power saving features did not negatively effect its performance much, allowing it to zip ahead of the rest of the pack.
The Z96JS' excellent battery performance doesn't come without a cost, in this case it's battery life. Our Whitebook's measly 6-cell lithium ion battery gave a rather poor performance and was only able to keep the system running for two hours. This is rather disappointing considering that the W2V, with its large 17" screen, was able to stay running for almost double that amount of time. To be fair, the W2V has a slightly larger battery, but that doesn't excuse the Z96JS' poor performance. Although its 15.4" screen puts it in the medium size category, the Z96JS' battery life was worse than several enthusiast 17" desktop replacement laptops.