How Long Does Your Notebook Battery Last?

While my Gateway M320 notebook is a nice machine, the one down side is its battery life. Less then 2 hours.
Gateway must have heard the cry of its customers and today announced the M460 series notebook PC, a new highly-scalable, performance-oriented notebook that delivers battery life up to ten plus hours, which Gateway claims is unprecedented in its class.

Gateway’s press release reads: The Gateway M460 notebook was designed to provide maximum battery life and the widest range of advanced battery options. It provides from four to seven hours of battery life on a single charge with one of the primary 6-cell, 8-cell and 12-cell Lithium Ion batteries(1). Also, the notebook has a modular hot-swap bay, so an optional modular 6-cell battery can be used with the 12-cell primary battery to achieve up to ten plus hours of battery life for all-day computing(1). Starting weight is less than six pounds and it measures as little as 1.31 inches(2) thin.
The Gateway M460 can be customized with a wide range of features,
including displays, processors, memory, hard drives and optical drives, so
each organization can choose the configurations that best fit their needs. As
a result, it can be configured to meet almost any budget or performance
specification. This flexibility saves IT departments’ time and money by
letting them standardize on a single notebook platform, regardless of the
varied end-user requirements. Further protecting Gateway customers’
investment, the Gateway M460 promises image stability and a long managed life
cycle like its predecessors, the Gateway M405 and Gateway 450.
“The Gateway M460 addresses professional organizations’ needs for a
flexible, powerful notebook,” said Greg Memo, Gateway’s senior vice president,
products & operations. “This single platform can be customized for use in a
range of environments, making it easier for IT departments to manage. It also
provides investment protection thanks to its new powerful, industry-standard
technology and long life cycle.”
Based on the new Intel(R) 915 chipset, and available with high performance
Intel(R) Centrino(R) mobile technology, the Gateway M460 delivers a multitude
of benefits for customers. The M460 supports the latest Intel Pentium-M and
Intel Celeron-M processors for optimized mobile performance. It also utilizes
PCI Express, which provides faster performance and improved graphics. DDR2
memory further improves system performance.
The Gateway M460 incorporates a range of options that enable it to scale
to meet a range of requirements. The notebook is offered with either a
15.4-inch widescreen display, which is ideal for departments such as
accounting or graphics design, or a 15-inch standard display, for employees
undertaking general computing tasks. The modular hot-swap bay supports
removable optical drives, a second hard drive, a second battery or floppy
Gateway customers can use the PC’s advanced connectivity features to work
in the office, classroom, at home or on the road. The Gateway M460 delivers
improved support for wireless security and the ability to connect to a variety
of standard networks. The notebook offers the latest in wireless computing
technology with Intel Pro Wireless LAN (802.11b/g and 802.11a/b/g) options.
The notebook is also equipped with Gigabit Ethernet to ensure the fastest
possible network connection. For a convenient connection in the office, an
optional docking solution is available to support the M460.
Incorporating the new thin-and-light industrial design that was unveiled
with the Gateway M210 in late 2004, the new Gateway M460 is stylish and sleek.
In addition to sharing the same look and feel, Gateway designed the M460 to
utilize a new line of common batteries, AC adapters and docking solutions that
will support other Gateway notebooks for the professional market. As a
result, IT departments can stock fewer replacement parts, since they are used
across multiple notebook platforms.
“The new sleek design and professional-oriented features make this a
notebook platform that many organizations should consider,” said Rob Enderle,
principal analyst, The Enderle Group. “Its combination of display options,
docking capabilities, advanced battery options, platform stability and shared
components with other Gateway notebooks makes it a compelling choice for
businesses and institutions.”
Gateway will offer several suggested configurations that may then be
customized to meet specific requirements. Sample configurations include the
* The Gateway M460XL, offered at a starting price of $1,399.99, includes
an Intel Pentium-M Processor 750 (1.86GHz), a 15.4-inch WXGA TFT
Active Matrix Display, 512MB of DDR2 memory, a 80GB hard drive(3), a
modular 8x DVD±R/±RW/CD-RW drive, integrated Intel 802.11g Wireless
and a 6-cell battery.
* The Gateway 460CS can be customized to extend battery life up to ten
plus hours by utilizing a 12-cell primary battery and a 6-cell modular
battery. The $1,389.98 price includes these battery options as well
as an Intel Pentium-M Processor 750 (1.86GHz), a 15.0-inch XGA TFT
Active Matrix Display, 512MB of DDR2 memory, a 40GB hard drive(3) and
integrated Intel 802.11g Wireless.
* The standard configuration of the Gateway M460CS is offered at a
starting price of $899.99. It includes an Intel Celeron-M Processor
350 (1.3GHz), a 15.0-inch XGA TFT Active Matrix Display, 256MB of DDR2
memory, a 40GB hard drive(3), a modular 24x/10x/24x CD-RW/8x DVD-ROM
combo drive, integrated Intel 802.11g Wireless and a 6-cell battery.
Gateway supports the Gateway M460 notebook with a limited warranty (4).
For more information on Gateway products, customers can visit
or call 1-800-GATEWAY.
From value-priced servers to ultra-reliable desktops to a full line of
notebooks, Gateway has served organizations for more than 15 years. Gateway
uses its multi-channel approach to make the purchase, use and support of
technology simple. Gateway customers include many of the world’s leading
organizations, such as the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency, the University of
Arizona, Harvard University, California Highway Patrol and others. For more
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