I have just purchased my first notebook. I have been looking into 'notebook' information for about a year. There are a thousand things I probably missed in gathering the information before making my purchase, oh well.
One thing I am pretty sure of, the battery duration time you see quoted on the model reviews are very generous. Each company claims their own statitics when listing the model options. All my friends that own notebooks (about six people), state their notebook batteries have never made it to the published longevity. Most of them tell me their notebook batteries last about 1hr to 1.5hrs less than the claimed duration. Also, four of these people have owned notebooks for years, and they state the battery's lifetime average about 2 to 3 years. All this depends on usage and recharges too. Finally, read the reviews of various notebooks, record the stated longevity and ask around to see if the stated longevity matches the ACTUAL performance.
Sorry Bob I have read your valid opinions but it does not compute with what is reported on the Apple discussions on iBook batteries. That is why I wanted PC input.
I am trying to find out if the PC notebooks have a better track record than the iBook. And which ones are better.
If not my next pc might as well be a desktop. But there are alot of road warriors who use their machines 10, a 100 times more than I do. I can't see them tolerating this situation.