Tecra M7 Review (part 1)

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  1. BenjaminRies

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    Read the M400 threads... many users are claiming that they can't get better than 3.5 hours.
     
  2. Fido

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    :( really? Well which tablets are good for battery then?
     
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    M400 doesn't offer much more in battery life. I had one and finally decided I didn't like it and convinced Toshiba to take it back and I just got the M7 on Friday. I really like the M7 so far. I wish I could find a video driver that would work in Vista for it as I am on the beta program for Vista.
     
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    I think the battery life leaders right now are the Electrovaya Scribbler SC-series and the Lenovo ThinkPad X41. Both will offer you low voltage Pentium M's in the 1.2-1.6 GHz range, but you'll be jumping up to 6-8 hours on a single battery.

    Please think carefully about whether you really need 6-8 hours of main battery life in one shot. Why not just carry a spare battery? That way you can get a much faster/better system, for the same money.
     
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    I was hoping for 4-5 hours, but the review here said 2.5 hours which seems too little for me. What options are there for upgrading the built in battery?
     
  6. Fido

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    I've been reading around, trying to figure out why some M7 reviews have higher battery life, I think it's because of the dedicated graphics. Any idea on how much more the power drain is with dedicated? If it's too high I'll opt for integrated.
     
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    I have an M7 with dedicated graphics, and I'm getting closer to 3.5 hours. I think it depends more on the power settings - brightness, CPU speed, etc.
     
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    Do you have a slice battery? Is it effectively double the life with the slice?
     
  9. BenjaminRies

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    Yes I do, and yeah, pretty much.
     
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    just got mine, running recovery disks now
     
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