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Originally Posted by IamtheGTIguy View Post
6 cell battery gets 2.5 - 3.5 hours
9 cell battery gets 4 - 5.5 hours

Consistently.

With all the powersaving features on, and your screen turned down low, you should be able to hit 5 hours on the 9-cell battery if you're just doing basic word processing and net browsing.
That's not always true.

My old Inspiron 9100 (beastly thing with a P4) had a 12-cell battery in it, and it only lasted 2 hours when the battery was brand new! On the other hand, my Inspiron 6000 has a 9-cell that can last 6 hours with powersaving features all on. Well, it could when it was brand new.

The numbers listed by GTIguy are probably pretty accurate for the size/performance range you are looking at, but if you got a 17" or even a high performance 15.4" or 14.1" lappy, you'd probably be looking at 2-4 hours on a 9-cell.

That said, 9-cells are definitely worth it if they are available IMO.
post #32 of 69
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That's not always true.

My old Inspiron 9100 (beastly thing with a P4) had a 12-cell battery in it, and it only lasted 2 hours when the battery was brand new! On the other hand, my Inspiron 6000 has a 9-cell that can last 6 hours with powersaving features all on. Well, it could when it was brand new.

The numbers listed by GTIguy are probably pretty accurate for the size/performance range you are looking at, but if you got a 17" or even a high performance 15.4" or 14.1" lappy, you'd probably be looking at 2-4 hours on a 9-cell.

That said, 9-cells are definitely worth it if they are available IMO.
Well, my mom has the E1405 (the 14.1" version) and she gets 5ish hours on her 9-cell.

I get 4.5 hours on my 9-cell in my 700m.

So it all depends.

But one thing is for sure: If you get the biggest battery they offer, you'll easily hit your 3 hour goal.
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Ok, so what do you guys think about keyboards ? I tried the keyboard on my mom's Dell 700m (came be4 XPS m1210), and it seems really cramped . Does the keyboard size change as the screen size goes up? I'm really feeling tempted toward IBM (Lenovo) because their keyboards are supposed to be legendary... Also, they get great battery life, and the ones on newegg have a 3-year global warranty (all starting w. 2007xxx).

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834146220

Windows XP (actually kinda prefer this) tho. Only 64mb x1300 and 512mb ram, but the ram can be fixed. And pricey...
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I'm really feeling tempted toward IBM (Lenovo) because their keyboards are supposed to be legendary...
Windows XP (actually kinda prefer this) tho. Only 64mb x1300 and 512mb ram, but the ram can be fixed. And pricey...
Ugh, no IBM.
#1: They're ugly
#2: They're expensive
#3: They're ugly
#4: They're not powerful
#5: The x1300 is pretty terrible
#6: Windows Vista = FTW!
#7: You are right about the ram... any system you buy, get the minimum of ram because you can buy a 1GB DDR2 stick for <$40 now.

I love laptop keyboards... I even bought two Microsoft Comfort Curve 2000 keyboards because they're cheap and they feel rather similar to laptop keyboards. IMO, there's really not that much difference between different laptop keyboards. The only IBM laptop I've touched was made in 2000 though, so I'm not sure what the legendary keyboards you are talking about are like. At any rate, no matter how good the keyboard was, it wouldn't be worth getting an IBM for.

Just my opinion, do what you want.
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Ok, so what do you guys think about keyboards ? I tried the keyboard on my mom's Dell 700m (came be4 XPS m1210), and it seems really cramped . Does the keyboard size change as the screen size goes up? I'm really feeling tempted toward IBM (Lenovo) because their keyboards are supposed to be legendary... Also, they get great battery life, and the ones on newegg have a 3-year global warranty (all starting w. 2007xxx).

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834146220

Windows XP (actually kinda prefer this) tho. Only 64mb x1300 and 512mb ram, but the ram can be fixed. And pricey...

Ok, that laptop you just linked to is a prime example of why NOT to get a Lenovo/IBM laptop. One the plus side, they are very durable and (as you said) have very solid keyboards. That's about the only plus side.

That latop you just linked is a POS for the money. It has a Core Duo proc, not a Core 2 Duo. It has 512MB of ram.

The video card only has 64mb of ram (which precludes many newer games like FEAR that require at least 128MB of Vram).

Basically, it is over your price limit, overpriced anyway, underpowered with oen generation old processor, and rather weak video card.

I'm telling you man. If you are willing to break into that price range, get the M1210. You WILL get used to the keyboard (I have big hands - I use a size "large" in golf and hockey gloves for reference) and I type constantly on my 700m wihtout problem. PLUS, you can buy an external keyboard for $20 to use at your home if you really want.

Additionally, the M1210 has a MUCH better video card than the X1300. IT has a Go 7400 w/256mb Vram.

Anyway, though, we've already discussed all this Good luck and let us know waht you decide.

As I've said 100 times, and I'm not trying to be obstinate, but in my law class of about 300 students, at least 40 - 50 have Dell 700m/710m/M1210. We all type 10 - 15 pages per day AT LEAST, and no one seems to ahve any complaints. The keyboard is 92% the size of a standard laptop keyboard (ac cording to Dell)- which can be easily adjusted to.
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Oh, and you NEED Windows Vista. Quite simply, in another 12 months, support for Windows XP will be dwindling fast. Plus, many newer games and applications (especially those that use DX10) will not be compatible with XP.

And finally, for productivity purposes, Vista is a superior operating system.
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Good stuff GTIguy, I fully agree.
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in another 12 months, support for Windows XP will be dwindling fast.
Here I am at 2:20 am still fantasizing about laptops

I mean, I think that a geforce 7400 will become obsolete long before XP will....so the un-supported games won't matter. Besides, it's not like I'm buying this laptop for future games , more like for current ones/old ones. And Vista only causes them trouble

So i think Xp is fine, if not preferable, in my case.
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Anyway, I'm kinda worried about battery life and I know that Thinkpad's have good lives, and on newegg there's even 9-cell batteries for sale. I mean is the Core (v1.0) Duo really that bad? I mean, it is still dual core....does it eat battery or something? Or is teh Core 2 just faster. I mean, a laptop w/ better battery options w/ weaker processor is worth it to me. I mean, having your laptop die on you fricken sux !
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Lol, still awake. So if I went for a wide screen laptop, how would non-widescreen games run on it? Ex/FF7, FF8, Starcraft, Riven. I mean games that CAN'T be tweaked to run in widescreen? Would it stretch automatically or black bars?? And some games are 640*480 res, what if the native LCD is like 1280*800?
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