MSI X-Slim X370 Fusion Powered Ultraportable Review

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Battery Performance

If there's one thing a netbook (or an ultraportable) needs to be really competitive, it's great battery life. No matter how great the software or the hardware, an ultra-mobile machine needs great battery life to be really useful in the field. Like the X120e and dm1z before it, the X370 is a unit where we were paying particularly close attention to battery life. Remember, the Fusion APU was supposed to be more powerful than AMD's previous gen Neo chip, while also improving on energy drain.

The X100e that we reviewed last year only managed around 2.1 hours of life, while the X120e (both using a 6-cell battery) managed around 3.5 hours in the same test. With an 8-cell battery (which doesn't add too big a bulge underneath), the MSI machine managed 355 minutes during our rundown test.  We're sure it could do better under less intense conditions as well. That's impressive, and it's definitely one of the highlights for the X370 as a whole.


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