Dell recently revealed its newest addition to its Latitude family of commercial laptops after 6 years, the Latitude E series. One of their claims for the E series is its breakthrough battery life (selected models only) that can go for up to 19 hours on a single charge without idling.
We’re quite skeptical about it so Dell’s representative promptly explained the conditions to achieve that 19 hours of battery life.
- 9-cell battery. Most laptops come with 3 or 6-cell battery but in the mainstream Latitude line, you can opt for a 9-cell one. This battery can give you a full 8-hour out of your laptop.
- 12-cell high-capacity battery slice. This is the first time I’ve seen such battery configuration. The battery slice is fitted at the base of the laptop like a laptop cooler and can surely give you more staying power.
- Choose SSD. With the E series, you can opt for up to 64GB of SSD or a 250GB HD and to achieve the 19-hours, you should go for the SSD.
- Turn off the WiFi radio. 19 hours without going online. At least it would help you finish that Excel report.
- No hardcore gaming. Although you can do a little bit of serious gaming with its NVIDIA Quadro NVS 160M1 256MB DDR2, it won’t help you get that 19 hours. Stick to Solitaire or Freecell.
The 9-cell battery
The battery slice installed at the base alongside other laptops without it
So that’s how they did it. Frankly, I don’t think people would care going for 19 hours straight if all they can do is twiddle with Office apps. Besides, the 9-cell and the battery slice is quite heavy to lug around.
What’s good about this commercial line is that office personnels can choose from a 12.1″ display up to 15.4″ display. It also comes in different colors if black looks dull for you.
Calvin is a newbie blogger who’s working as an IT consultant and blogs for a hobby. He has his own personal blog, Calvin’s Hub, where he writes about his thoughts on just about everything that interests him.