Obviously one of the most attractive features of a netbook is it’s portability, and how well it works on the go. So battery life is of key importance to most netbook users.
Some netbooks offer either a 3-cell or 6-cell battery, while others offer now choice in the matter. The 6-cell batteries hold more juice, so can last longer, but there is more to it than simply the number of cells or capacity.
Netbooks are designed to be very energy efficient, and work well away from a power socket. But some netbooks seem to perform this task better than others.
An Australian site, did a vast test of 13 netbook’s battery life, ranking them in order of endurance.
As expected the netbooks with 6-cells (6600mAh) performed batter than those with 3-cells. But the clear winner was the MSI Wind U115 Hybrid, lasting nearly 7 hours. The MSI Wind U115 with it’s Hybrid HDD and SSD combination. This hybrid system allows for larger capacity with the standard HDD, and low power usage of a smaller SSD. When the HDD is not needed, it powers down, using only the SSD to save power.
These tests were done under a worst-case, stress test scenario, so you can expect even longer battery performance under normal usage conditions.
|Netbook Model||Battery Capacity||Battery Life (hrs)|
|MSI Wind U115||11.1V/5100mAh||6:56|
|Asus Eee PC 1000HD||7.4V/6600mAh||4:12|
|Asus Eee PC 901||7.4V/6600mAh||3:59|
|MSI Wind U100||11.1V/4400mAh||3:40|
|Asus Eee PC 1000H||7.4V/6600mAh||3:33|
|Dell Mini 9||11.1V/2142mAh||3:05|
|Asus Eee PC S101||7.4V/4900mAh||2:41|
|Acer Aspire One AOA110||11.1V/2200mAh||2:19|
|HP Mini 1001TU||11.1V/2342mAh||2:05|
|Lenovo IdeaPad S10||11.1V/2522mAh||1:55|
|Dell Inspiron Mini 12||14.4V/2200mAh||1:47|
Update September 16th: Australian website PCAuthority (via Netbooked) have just tested 25 different netbooks under light use. Their winner was the Samsung N110 which lasted 11 hour 08mins, followed by the MSI Wind U115 Hybrid, Samsung N120 and then the Toshiba NB200. Unfortunately they didn’t state the capacities of the batteries used, as many are available with different battery options.
Update: You may also be interested in our netbook comparison page, which compares many netbooks.
See the whole chart below.