I sent the following e-mail to the author of the PC Magazine review:
First, thanks for the review of the Dell Inspiron 9300... its the only one I have found so far, which leeds me to my questions:
Over at notebookforums.com, a lot of people, including me, discuss what exactly you meant with the following part of the review:
"Unfortunately, as this was an engineering sample, there were some stability issues where Mobilemark2002 was unable to complete a run on several occasions. However, the estimated time remaining read three hours, and the test ran for two hours before giving up – already longer than the Inspiron 100."
As I read it, it can be understood in two ways:
1. Windows estimated the battery to last 3 hours, but Mobilemark2002 showed that in reality, the battery last only 2 hours.
2. The test ran for 2 hours before it crashed. When the test crashed, Windows estimated that the battery still had 3 hours left, resulting in a total battery life of 5 hours.
Which is correct? Is the battery life 2 or 5 hours?
Also, just to avoid any confusion:
Was the notebook you reviewed equipped with the GeForce Go 6800 and an 80Whr battery?
I know that a lot of people would appreciate an answer to those questions.
Oh, btw... I would really like to know if the screen was of the "glossy" type, and how the quality is, compared to the WUXGA screens used on the Inspiron 9200 (people complained about them having a horrible antiglare coating).
Thanks in advance
... and I got the following answer:
Thanks for taking the time to email me. I understand now where the confusion lies.
We have a great relationship with Dell, so we were lucky enough to be one of the first Australian publications to feature the product.
The Windows estimated run time was three hours. We attempted on a few occasions to benchmark using MobileMark2002, but the test failed after two hours of run time. We've had issues in the past with engineering sample notebooks simply refusing to complete the test.
I can't give you an exact battery run time, but I'd put it around the three hour mark, not five hours.
Our unit definitely featured the Go 6800, but as we're a magazine and work on lead times of six or more weeks, I can't recall the wattage of the battery pack on the model we had.
Our model had a matte panel, although Dell advised the production models may have a glossy display, I'm yet to see a final retail product. The display on our unit was quite good.
Feel free to drop me another email if you're still unsure about anything.