I just got a 17" Acer with Dual Intel / IGB / 120 RAM, and so far it is awesome. So far battery last between 2 & 2 1/2 hours. I got a magazine from APC that showed some batteries that last from 6 to 8 hours. I haven't had time to look into the cost yet. I went from ME to Vista, so the learning curve is huge. I will have lots of questions, but Sundays are my laptop @ home days. I hope I can can find a good forum site for help with Acer & Vista. The only problem so far is that the Comcast Rhapsody player will not work with Vista. I don't think Comcast plans on lowering my bill due to this.............lol.
I am looking at purchasing a HP 17 inch screen model. Does anyone have any advice to offer on battery life? I will mainly be using this computer at home and for picture editing, movie editing and music. I think the 17 inch screen seems nice to have for the pictures and videos but I don't want something that will eat the battery. Any help would be greatly appreciated!