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13.3" laptop with longest battery life?

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  1. forthewinwin New Member

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    I'm looking for a 13.3" inch laptop with the longest battery life- preferably 7 hours+ (10 hr rated?). The reason for the screen size is I'm using this heavily for school and I don't want to lug around something huge on top of 5 textbooks.

    Preferably somewhere that ships to Canada (so amazon.com isn't an option, and amazon.ca sucks). Anyone know of any? Price range is $800 and down, preferably $700 and less.

    I'm aware that I made a previous post about this, but the laptop I found got discontinued :(
     
  2. Mike0409

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    TBH best laptop I have used in the size range was a HP Envy 14".

    The Toshiba Portege R700 is also another great one...

    The problem there...is price..both of those range from $1000-$1300.

    the IBM IdeaPad u350 might not be a bad choice either. Those are Reseller only, bestbuy/newegg etc.
     
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    Hmm, wait for Bobcat? Products are being announced, and I am sure that its battery life is going to be awesome.
     
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    Sometimes a laptop AND A SECOND BATTERY may give you more options than an all-in-one 10hr life. That would also open up the option of a netbook. Everything to save space, weight, damage and theft factor.

    If you like macs, then apparently the new Air has a very long battery life. http://osxdaily.com/2010/10/30/macbook-air-2010-battery-life/ If these figures are true, they are so much better than any netbook I have used which tend to survice 2-3hrs only.

    There is also a whole market in extended EXTERNAL batteries. Things that are small bricks that you use to keep your laptop/phone etc. charged. They may be fugly, but they can be used for multiple devices, or will survive your laptop upgrade next year...

    But as fourstaff says, the new E-350 AMD is supposed to be very energy efficient at 6.5W incl. IGP for passive browsing/word etc. Let's see. They are out at the end of Feb. Can you wait until then?
     
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    asus ul30vt-1 is what i have, its rated for 12 hours of battery life

    its got a 1.73ghz c2d culv, intel gma/nvidia g210m, 4gb ddr3, and a huge battery

    its 13.3 and weighs under 4 lbs..

    its last years model, there are newer versions which uses the core i3 processors but they consume a little bit more power
     
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    If you dont need something that powerful - you could try going for one the newer netbooks that have the N550 Dual core Atom processor - buy 8cell battery for it + 4gb ram and your good to go

    :Edit:

    as an optional item you could put in an SSD
     
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    I've got an Acer 3820TG, while I know that Acer has a bad rep, I've been fairly satisfied with it. It does what I want, and if you can find one with the bigger battery, it should do 7+ hours. Mine does 4-5h.

    Look here for comments, buying locations and more info.
     
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    second this. very strong performance with good battery life. if you're getting the one with core i3, battery life will definitely better

    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=6671729&CatId=4938

    edit: i've read many reviews and this one is one of the best bang for the buck imo
     
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    I'm gonna get hurt for this, but the Macbook Pro has pretty darn good battery life. In this test they looped a DVD movie for 7.5 hours on one charge. Dated tech though, only C2D.
     
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    I have an ASUS U30Jc, and it's a beast. Geforce 310M, Core i3 370, and on power saver medium brightness and wifi on, I get about 6-8 hours of battery life. It looks sexy too. The newer ASUS laptops really shine with battery life. I can play SC2 and TF2 and the like anytime, too.
     
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    what they said.. i'm on an asus ul50vt (its 15.6 with a 12 cell battery) i get a good 8 hours of it no prob... its very very slim and lightweight, fits well in my bag with notebooks and all, and lasts a full school day for me :)
     
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    yea but the asus are a lot more expensive and nowhere near as powerful for the price. battery wise i say at least 6 hours if you get the i3 which is plenty enough for school. plus the acer is thinner
     
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    If you get the Acer with 6550M (or 5650M, the same thing), then it beats Asus' every which way.
     
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    do you know where to get the i5 or i7 version and discrete gpu in the us?
     
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    Not sure, but people over at NBR have done it and the info can be found somewhere over here.
     
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    hmm the one that DD link is actually pretty good because it got the 310m but i dont think that it wasnt on sale like that a month ago when i looked (that's why i said the asus was more expensive). lol im contradicting myself
     
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    i paid $550 for mine.. built in geforce 210m (310m is a rebranded 210). performs very well, and cpu comes with a 33% overclock out of the box :D. you get much more than 6 hours... its more like 9-10
     
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    you meant the acer AS3820T ? wow you got a good deal there. Where did you get it from? i didnt see anywhere sell the acer with discrete card...unless Intell HD means discrete?

    edit: nvm hahaa. so which asus did you get and where did you get it?
     
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    Recertified: ASUS UL50 Series UL50VT-RBBBK05 NoteB...

    its a recert, got it for 550.. normally retails for like 800 on newegg.. got a great deal :)
     

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