With just a 4-cell, 3560 mAh battery, the Acer Aspire M5-583P-6428 lasted 8:55 on our battery test, putting its shiny new Haswell processor to good use. It's affordable $699 price tag and 15.6-inch frame help this notebook stand out as well.
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I had the Samsung N110 and I loved the battery life. I could go from JFK airport to LAX including time in airport waiting for flight on one battery charge. During this last CES it was great to have I didn’t worry about the battery until end of day. It doesn’t take long to recharge from empty battery either. Only downfall is it got hot quickly and was kinda slow compared to other laptops on the market.
How about testing a 12.5″ HP 2570P with 100Whr 9-cell? It claims 9-15hrs battery life in it’s specs. A system with a socketted CPU (so can be user upgraded) and optical drive. A decent alternative to a 12.5″ Lenovo X230 which has a soldered CPU and no optical drive.
I have a Gateway 18″ display. I know it will run for about 4 1/2 hours on a single charge. I haven’t tried it much longer.
My criteria was large screen and at least 3 GB of memory. Hard drive size didn’t matter a lot because I don’t store a lot of games or many large programs on it. My largest game is Microsoft Flight Simulator and I have an older version of Word and Excel. I don’t upgrade unless there’s absolutely no way to get around it. By the way, my old laptop died after about 11 years I had to get a new one. My biggest criteria was the ability for wireless connections for my wife and I. We use Comcast and have had no problems with our computers AFTER they came out and buried our phone lines.
Acer 4810T runs 7-8hrs with stock battery. Of course no longer available since this is 3 yrs old but it is the ‘John Deere” of computers, IMO. Very satisfied and would suggest that you look at the current replacement of this item in an Acer model.
According to Panasonic’s spec sheet, their CF31 has a (with no extra) battery life of 14.5 hours; easily topping the Lenovo X320′s “paltry” 7 hours. Adding the media pocket battery brings the total to 21 hours. To me, this is a clear winner in this battle.
Yes, it is a little heavy, but you don’t need to carry it in a big, heavy, padded case – so what if you drop it on the sidewalk, eh?
Bonus, you can safely use it at the beach in the sun – just rinse it off if you spill your mai tai on it.