Short Battery Life Sinks First Windows 8 NotebooksConfusing dual-mode operating system, no Start button, counterintuitive swipe gestures? None of these things spells doom for Windows 8. What will kill Microsoft's newest operating system is the abysmal battery life of the systems on which it's supposed to perform the best.
For all of Windows 8's strengths, its one major weakness might be something no one saw coming; significantly worse battery life than the previous generation of PCs.
Leading up to the launch of Windows 8, we saw progressively longer endurance on the two most-portable categories of notebooks. As of September, the average ultraportable (a notebook with a screen size of 11 to 13 inches and weighing less than 4 pounds) lasted 6 hours and 52 minutes on the LAPTOP Battery Test (Web surfing via Wi-Fi, screen at 40% brightness). The average thin-and-light (12 to 14 inches, less than 6 pounds) was right behind, at 6 hours and 40 minutes.
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- Win7 & Win8
- System Manufacturer/Model Number
- PB Easynote LJ71
- AMD Turion II M500
- Packard Bell/chipset 785GX/SB700
- 4 GB
- Graphics Card(s)
- ATi/AMD HD4200
- Sound Card
- Realtek HD Audio
- Screen Resolution
- HD LCD 1600x900
- Hard Drives
- Seagate 1TB