What is the ideal netbook battery life?

As manufacturers continue to develop new ultraportable netbooks at rapidly dropping prices, there are always some details that get compromised. Battery life is definitely on the top of the list.

Most models with 3 or 4–cell batteries can hardly get to three hours of battery life, some just enough for two hours. Premium options though are equipped with 6–cell Lithium ions that can manage five hour of mobile use.

The current notebook I’m using can only do around two hours on batteries, about the same as the Asus Eee PC 701 I used to carry as my mobile PC. From my experience, two hours seems a pinch and simply not enough. The five hours I’ve been hearing on the Acer Aspire One is very enticing, it’s more than twice than what I get.

So what do you think should be the bare minimum battery life for a truly usable untraportable netbook?

Comments are closed.