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Old 01-13-2019, 10:54 AM   #1
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Low wattage netbook or notebook with long battery life?


I'm having a hard time finding low-energy portables. Which low wattage netbook or notebook with long battery life can be recommended?

Ideally they should be with a nice distro pre-installed and bonus if the processor is not x86-based.
 
Old 01-13-2019, 11:07 AM   #2
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Hi Turbocapitalist, I'm getting up to 12 hours battery life with my fanless Dell XPS 2-in-1 model 9365. It came preinstalled with Windows but I replaced it with Fedora no problem.

Mine came with an Intel Core M CPU model i7-7Y75, which I believe is only 4.5 watts TDP.

Not sure if that's what you're looking for but I hope it helps steer you in the right direction.
 
Old 01-13-2019, 01:36 PM   #3
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Chromebooks tend to have a long battery life, but won't be very fast.
 
Old 01-13-2019, 03:24 PM   #4
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I have an asus chrome book with crouton/ubuntu. The newer models have more storage. I've seen 32GB. I easily get 10 hours of battery life.
 
Old 01-13-2019, 09:32 PM   #5
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A web search for laptops long battery life will turn up many articles and reviews from legitimate sources.
 
Old 01-14-2019, 01:58 AM   #6
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Thanks everyone so far.

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A web search for laptops long battery life will turn up many articles and reviews from legitimate sources.
Any idea how to fine-tune that search to pull in only non-x86 machines? Processor is seldom listed and fulltext searches are quite imprecise anyway.
 
Old 01-14-2019, 02:46 AM   #7
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^ do you mean ARM?
anyhow, maybe you need to specify the processor architecture you want in your searches, instead of specifying the one you don't want.
i think ARM is generally considered less energy hungry than x86.

I used to like cnet reviews, but the web ui has changed... anyhow https://www.notebookcheck.net/ seems the best.
 
Old 01-14-2019, 06:05 AM   #8
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I'm looking ARM, MIPS, PPC, especially but really anything that draws little current. Battery life is influenced by power consumption but I'm aiming for low power rather than relatively big batteries.
 
Old 01-14-2019, 06:18 AM   #9
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I guess you have calculated in the "risk" of running a non-x86 distro on that thing then.
 
Old 01-15-2019, 01:39 AM   #10
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^ zeebra, can you clarify that statement?

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I'm aiming for low power rather than relatively big batteries.
you definitely want something without moving parts then: no fan, no spinning hd. typically these are ARM, like big smartphones.
like chromebooks.
there's also many more with an x86 architecture that are very low power, but you said you don't want that.
 
Old 01-15-2019, 05:40 AM   #11
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^ zeebra, can you clarify that statement?
Just the lower choice of distroes, software and the higher risks of compatibility issues and such things was what I was referring to.

He seems experienced enough anyways, but I don't know the motives why someone willingly would look for "rare" options.

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Maybe one of these(?).

https://www.zdnet.com/article/asus-n...ale-in-the-uk/
https://www.theverge.com/circuitbrea...-life-ifa-2018
 
Old 01-15-2019, 09:22 AM   #13
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them brand new ones that have a battery just off the printing press have a longer usage time.

Because the battery starts deprecating as soon as they are finished being made. Meaning if you get an older laptop/cell phone, whatever "new" batteries you get for it, may say new, but they are old stock if they've been on the shelf ever since the time the model was made they are just a old too. So they will still have shorter usage time. Then say new battery.


I'd say, rule of thumb: Them thin laptops, look at them first, then check it specs, the reviews, might not be a lot being a hot just off the press laptop, still they usually check for battery life, in there reviews, and what the manufacturer specs say.

though just like a cars gallons per mile ratings, depending on how hard you drive it, the results will vary.

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