Curious as to how Samsung achieved its nine-hour road trip with the X520 – we’re assuming the laptop was switched on for the duration and not just used as a footrest. We also ran a test that involved slowly scrolling a text document and under these far less strenuous conditions, battery life increased to just a few minutes shy of five hours.
Battery life claims were a challenge to match in our tests
Flicking the Samsung Optimized power setting on – which among other things throttles the CPU at fifty per cent – and banishing Wi-Fi saw a further increase to a little over six hours, but is still a way off Samsung’s nine-hour figure.
Indulge in a mix of web browsing, word processing and music listening, and you can expect around four hours out of the X520 when unplugged. And tipping our scales at 2.2kg - 2.5kg with the power adaptor included - it won’t weigh you down too much on your travels.
With its good, albeit not nine-hour, battery life and a rather enticing design, the X520 certainly has its plus points. And despite some unnecessary design imperfections, such as the springy numeric keypad and thin trackpad buttons, it’s a decent choice for mobile workers. Alternatively, if you’re willing to shave an inch off the display, the X420 will save you around £50. ®
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Bought an Asus EEE 1005HA-P in the US back at the start of the summer, gives me consistent 8hr battery life and weighs just over 1Kg. It did do a couple of 9hr stints but it has now dropped a bit. Oh yeah, only cost me £240 as well
Only 9 hours?
I just got a 12-cell batt for my acer aspire one which I've modified by adding bluetooth, touchscreen, internal usb hub, 1.5GB RAM.
The battery life? 10.5 hours.
....I'll stick with my new Dell Inspiron 13z, similar spec but smaller, lighter and has a proper graphics chip in it.
Only two niggles I have it...no HDD status light (surprised how much I miss it) and (sigh) glossy black lid.
This laptop is for the presbyopic
1366x768 on a 15.6" screen should be great!
Loud haler because otherwise they'll need a hearing aid along with their reading glasses
"the battery will last a nine-hour road trip from Paris to Barcelona."
But apparently not a nine-hour road trip from Denver to the Buffalo Gap National Grassland...