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So I'm looking at a new laptop for university. I already have a laptop, but with only 1 hour and 30 minutes battery life, it's not exactly well suited to much more than sitting on my desk, hooked up to the AC adatper and playing games.
So I need something with better battery life. Something not too powerful, but something that will also last me the 4 years of my studies. My question is, apart from battery capacity, what affects laptop battery life? I know that a faster processor and a larger, brighter screen will suck the life out of batteries, but what about RAM? Will I lose ten minutes by having two sticks of 1GB rather than one? Will a higher capacity hard drive require more power? I know that the speed of it will affect battery life, but does the capacity have any effect either?
Essentially, what should I be avoiding if I want to get maximum battery life out of a laptop? This is a big purchase, so any help is appreciated.
More specifically, I'm looking at the Dell Inspirion 6400, but could afford a few extras if I wanted, I just want to know what I should avoid upgrading to not kill the decent battery life.
Don't ever try to sit down on the toilet in the morning.
Not even after reading my post and thinking "hey, I'll give it a go".
It might work fine the first time. it may even work fine the second, or third, or subsequent times.
But eventually, while holding your morning glory down with your hand, you will slip and piss on your own face.
AND IT IS NOT NICE.