09-28-2008 07:53 AM
hey ya'll -- I've been writing a review on the U330 for a couple days now, and keep getting horrible battery life (horrible in the sense that the rated battery life on lenovo's product page is 3-5 hours, and I keep getting 1.5-3 hours -- others in different forums are getting the same results).
Are these batteries bad? Perhaps the rated batter life is incorrect?
I have been testing with BatteryEaterPro (which I realize will result in shorter battery times than the lowest rated time), but I've also just done normal usage (power saver mode, intel graphics, 3/10 brightness) and can only get about 3 hours.
(feel free to read more of the review at http://www.jrin.net/2008_09_26/lenovo-ideapad-u330-initial-hands-on-review )
anyone else have this issue?
09-29-2008 12:08 PM
jrinco11 thank you for your review, I am also waiting for my Lenovo U330, after reading your review i am dissapointed concerning about the battery life, so it was just another marketing lie about "up to 5 hours of battery life", hope that Lenovo will fix that problem cause for less money we can buy some HP with the same battery life.
09-30-2008 01:45 PM
09-30-2008 08:54 PM
I'm getting about two hours out of the U330 off a fresh XP installation. This is pretty pathetic, I'm waiting for my S10 to arrive before making a decision, but this may very well be going back.
My dad's 15" Acer gets better battery life after a year than my brand new 13" Lenovo does? How does that work?
09-30-2008 09:09 PM - edited 09-30-2008 09:10 PM
I'm the guy who wrote the review for the U330 on NotebookReview.com.
I'd like to hear what Lenovo has to say about the battery life, which have some room for improvement especially compared to the numbers the new Thinkpads are cranking out. So far, it doesn't seem like to feel like a finished product as the power management and fan behavior doesn't feel as robust.
10-01-2008 12:25 AM
Battery lifetime depends on many conditions. I suggest that the test were performed with turned off Audio/Lan/Wifi/Bluetooth, with stepped down processor to minimum frequency and on integrated videocard, not discrete one. Can you confirm that using all these conditions you still get 3 hrs lifetime?
Besides I doubt that one year old ACER 15" can beat even 2 hrs of work.