Originally Posted by Cpt. Jack
As with many other questions about this laptop, the answer depends a great deal on what you buy and how you use it.
A 1705 with the 9-cell battery, Intel GMA graphics and low panel brightness could probably get four hours. I get about two and a half on my overvoltage/overclock 7800Go, max panel brightness, WiFi and BT on. The CPU is very efficient. It's everything else that's power hungry
Quick reply! Thanks for the perspective.
I was told (by a Dell tech...maybe not a good source) that the graphics
accelerator would not use much power, but I was skeptical about that
claim. I don't need graphics accel, so that may save a bit.
I do need the high-res UXGA (actually 1920x1200 is WUXGA to everyone
but Dell). Not sure if that will use power.
I had also heard that there was a problem with some of the early-version
Intel peripheral chips (USB?) that caused high power consumption. That's
an odd thing to escape Intel's lab tests.
I recently read pages of complaints on a review site (CNet, maybe?)
about low battery life on Inspiron 9400's. Too many to attribute to
inexperienced users--most sounded like they had experience with other
I'm not sure who else has a 1920x1200 17" screen though, so I may
be 'stuck' with Dell whether the battery life is good or not.