I’ve never really thought too much about my laptop’s battery life. The XPS gets better length than my old Gateway MX6956, but it’s still limited to the ~3hour time frame, which isn’t anything impressive. When I got the Fujitsu P1610, I thought for sure I could go a bit longer without a charge, but the full HDD and touchscreen display decided otherwise. I can maybe squeeze some extra time if I dial the display brightness down, but what’s the point in that?
Imagine my surprise last night, when I pulled the Dell Mini 9 into the livingroom to assist while I tinkered with other laptops (more on that later). I didn’t bother to bring the plug, and had the display cranked up to full brightness. 4 hours later, when Mrs. Guru finally got home from work, I glanced over at the Dell, whose battery indicator showed that it was only 3/4 of the way drained. Seriously? Holy crap!
I’m now obsessed with this no-cord thing. It’s truly impressive, and as far as I can tell, it’s mainly due to the SSD inside the Mini 9 (and the fact that it’s not a touchscreen). It’s very cool to be able to just use the thing, and not have to fret over whether there’s a plug nearby.
Today, I”m ordering the internal Bluetooth module, and probably a skin from Decal Girl or 3ACP. Hopefully, in camo.