I do have a carrying case: the Crumpler Wee Bee (Wee Bee
, in silver/navy), that I would be willing to throw in with the laptop if you are interested. It's a high quality case and fits the S270 nicely with regular battery, but does not fit with the extended battery when attached to the computer. There is room, however, for the extended battery in one of the pockets, just not attached to the laptop.
The first thing I did (after a full charge of one of the batteries) was to make a recovery DVD. This, of course, will be included. However, I have erased the hidden 5GB partition that can also be used to do a complete restoration of the OS. You have not lost any functionality, just the ability to do a restoration without the DVD (and of course, have gained 5GB of usable HDD space).
As you can see in the second picture, Windows gives an estimate of 4.5 hours with 83% left using the extended battery (this was with full screen brightness). In reality, with moderate usage (surfing the web, downloading ~200 MB worth of videos, checking email, typing papers), with WIFI on, screen at half brightness, and aggressive power management, I get around 5 full hours. While doing the above with winamp playing (VBR mp3s) i get about 4.5 hours. Regular battery is closer to 2.5 hours and 2 hours. I can do any type of battery test if you want, just say so.
I bought three batteries because I used this laptop for a high school laptop program (the laptops were used during class to augment the curriculum and provide a flexible teaching tool). We only had access to a power outlet during lunch, so our laptops had to be able to run a full two hours without needing to recharge. Even during lunch, though, getting to use an outlet was hard (50 more students than outlets
). I bought the three batteries so that I wouldn't need to recharge at all during the day by either 1) use one regular battery in the morning and one in the afternoon or 2) using the extended battery the entire day. After trying both methods a couple of times, I ended up doing the former, so the extended battery has been sitting on my desk (at 40% charge, of course) for nearly 5 months now, untouched.
I will put up pictures of the Crumpler laptop bag soon.
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