Multimedia Interacting: Battery Life
We are using the standard benchmark settings from Bapco, along with a few other minor system tweaks. The screensaver was disabled and 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 Communicator6.0
- McAfee VirusScan 5.13
- Adobe Photoshop 6.0.1
- Macromedia Flash 5
- WinZip 8.0
The white papers for MobileMark are available on Bapco's website should you want to read up on how this benchmark works. In the graph above, higher scores equal better performance.
Based on the scores from our XPS Gen 2 - Gaming and Performance review, we know this notebook can go little over two hours if you are using it for a combination of gaming, email, web browsing, etc...
When it comes to playing DVDs, this notebook lasts about 2 hours give and take a few minutes. Of course with the built in alarms that Windows XP has, this notebook will probably only last one hour and 40~50 minutes, if they aren't turned off. This is also our experience with Divx movies. Though, we should note that we tend to find that highly compressed Divx or Xvid movies have a noticeable effect on battery life, since they take up more CPU/memory/and other hardware resources. Our testing was done with the Matrix Reloaded DVD and an its matched Divx encoded file that took up about 35% of CPU usage. With the LEDs turned off (reflected in the score above), you can squeeze about another 10 minutes or so out of the system.