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Averatec 6200 review: Averatec 6200

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Battery life analysis written by CNET Labs assistant lab manager Eric Franklin.

To measure mobile application performance and battery life, CNET Labs uses BAPCo's MobileMark 2002. MobileMark measures both application performance and battery life concurrently using a number of popular applications (Microsoft Word 2002, Microsoft Excel 2002, Microsoft PowerPoint 2002, Microsoft Outlook 2002, Netscape Communicator 6.0, WinZip Computing WinZip 8.0, McAfee VirusScan 5.13, Adobe Photoshop 6.0.1, and Macromedia Flash 5.0).

System configurations:

Acer Ferrari
Windows XP Home; 1.9GHz Athlon XP-M 2500+; 512MB DDR SDRAM 333MHz; ATI Mobility Radeon 9200 128MB; IBM Travelstar 60GN 40GB 4,200rpm

Averatec 6200
Windows XP Home; 1.8GHz Athlon XP-M 2400+; 480MB DDR SDRAM 333MHz; SIS M741 32MB (shared); Hitachi Travelstar 80GN 60GB 4,200rpm

eMachines m5310
Windows XP Home; 1.8GHz Athlon XP-M 2400+; 448MB DDR SDRAM 266MHz; ATI Radeon IGP 320M 64MB (shared); Toshiba MK4021GAS 40GB 4,200rpm

The Averatec 6200's warranty contains a potential gotcha: the battery pack is guaranteed for only six months, half as long as the rest of the system, and far too short for our taste. The company will provide support for as long as you own the machine, and the company backs it up with 24-hour support phone lines; in our tests, a live technician was on the line in seven minutes. There are prominent e-mail links on the company's Web site. There's also online registration, a couple of FAQ pages, and a downloadable manual.

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