A Nokia netbook? Apparently, they’re not content with building cellphones for the world’s population, so now they’re coming up with Nokia Booklet 3G! Sleek–looking piece of aluminum hardware on an otherwise ordinary–spec netbook. But 12 hours of battery life? That’s just like saying your cellphones have five days of standby time!
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?
Just a few months after the MSI Wind U100 caught up with the netbook craze, MSI now comes up with an updated version in the MSI Wind U120. Specifications are basically the same as the older U100 but with the addition of a 3.5G HSDPA modem and a revised 802.11n wireless module. Worth noting is the fact that the U120 is targeted at business users, not too common in the netbook market. Availability is expected in December, priced less than USD $600.
What Laptop unwraps the news on what is another entry in the affordable ultraportable market, this time coming from Samsung. Currently just dubbed as the “Samsung Netbook,” it has features similar to everybody’s ultraportable, running on the Intel Atom N270. It is rumored to use a hard drive instead of an SSD drive, which will make it more appealing as a general use mobile device without the storage limitations of SSDs.