|just something i noticed...
don't fool yourself into thinking you're going to get three hours out of that machine. you will get 2 1/2...maybe 2 hrs. and 45 minutes on a good day.
if i hadn't bought my 6805 emachine, i would've bought from ibuypower. such a great deal going right now on that system...
The 'other' machine that we are talking about here, the Voodoo M:855, or also known as its ODM model, Mitach 8355, is again a different laptop from the one you have. (only a 15" screen, larger 12-cell battery)
If you dont believe me, Anandtech has reviewed this twice already, here is the link:
Look at their chart for battery performance.
Voodoo m:855 gets 197 minutes according to their benchmark tests.
197 = 3.2 hours
"Voodoo accomplishes an impressive battery life with a large cell battery pack. After all, a bit after 3 hours, the M:855 is still kicking, which makes it a very powerful road warrior. The weight of the battery pack for the M:855 is really no different than battery packs on other even beefier desktop replacement notebooks. For this reason, we are even more thoroughly impressed with battery life."
3.2 hours to be exact...
the 'weight' of the battery pack is in regards to its big 12 cell battery it uses
not hte normal 6cell (usually found in centrino) or 8cell batteries
theres another review of this somewhere else out there that has the same results... even voodoo's website says the mobility rating of this is excellent and that the notebook has 3+ hours, making it one of their most mobile laptops, 2nd only to the little centrino that they have.