With the lastest power saving features many netbooks now have a battery life over 10 hours and are still very reasonably priced under $375.
Now that the ASUS Eee PC Seashell 1005PE-PU17-BU has been out for awhile many customers have reported very good battery life during normal use. One could expect 10 – 12 hours of battery life while consistently using the netbook.
The ASUS Eee PC Seashell 1005PE-PU17-BU comes with Windows 7 starter, 1 GB of RAM, an Intel Atom N450 CPU, and a 250 GB HD.
The Toshiba Mini 300 Series NB305-N310 netbook also boasts a long battery life. It’s advertised battery life is 11 hours. Customers have reported an actual battery life of 9-10 hours while surfing the internet and checking e-mail.
The Toshiba Mini 300 Series NB305-N310 netbook comes with Windows XP, 1 GB of RAM, an Intel Atom N450 CPU, and a 160 GB HD.
The HP Mini 210-1084NR netbook falls just short of 10 hours of advertised battery life. With a price tag under $300 it still offers fierce competition to other netbooks with long battery life.
The HP Mini 210-1084NR comes with Windows XP, 1 GB of RAM, an Intel Atom N450 CPU, and a 160 GB HD.
Comparing all three the ASUS Eee PC Seashell 1005PE-PU17-BU delivers the best battery life and is the most popular among consumers. For those on a penny pinching budget that don’t need more than 9 hours of battery life the HP Mini 210-1084NR offers similar specs for $65 less.
The Nokia Booklet 3G netbook has gotten a lot of flak for its ungodly price tag – $599 off the shelves or $299 with a $60/month 3G bill. For all that cash, it does manage to deliver in most categories, packing features like 3G, Bluetooth, GPS, and a headphone/microphone jack.
The sexiest part of this netbook, however, has got to be the 12-hour battery life.
In its attempt to go high-end in a market created for budget buyers, Nokia has been feeling the burn from competitors with netbooks in the $250-$500 range. Some machines are even cheaper if you go abroad or get a 3G contract.
However, some netbooks are sorely lacking in the battery department. The Acer Aspire One, for example, generally gets around 3 hours of juice.
Nokia‘s solution to the battery problem was to use a slower Intel Atom CPU. Despite the risk that this might slow it down, the netbook has been described as “fast enough” for web pages and YouTube.
In order to make the machine more accessible, AT&T president Glenn Lurie said to expect prepaid and pay-as-you-go plans for 3G with Nokia’s new netbook.