It’s amazing. When I bought the VAIO four years ago, I bought a $300 spare battery, which became useless within months. Starting day one, the battery that came with the Sony started losing its ability to work past half an hour. When I first started it up, I was already disappointed that the battery barely lasted two hours (if I didnâ€™t run the wireless network, didnâ€™t play music, didnâ€™t use Quicken, and didnâ€™t use Excel â€“ you know, if I just looked at a blank screen) , so I switched batteries, hoping that the spare would work better. It didnâ€™t. And everything was just downhill from there. The battery eventually settled on twenty minutes, or half an hour if I turned everything off.
And then thereâ€™s my new baby. I can sit and blog for a couple of hours while using Excel, editing photos, and surfing the net. And the battery is only just over half depleted afterward. The other night I blogged and surfed for two hours, uploaded and edited pictures at the same timeâ€¦ all on battery. The next day I got on the machine for a little while in the morning, and later that day, Frank took the computer (which Iâ€™d not charged overnight) into the kitchen so he could follow my Mexican Chicken Soup directions. It lasted another good hour before it finally needed to be plugged in. So yeah, I think Iâ€™ll be looking for spare laptop batteries (or battery, singular, depending on how much they cost). I mean, I could use my computer all day long on one of our soon-to-be-frequent drives to state parks, national parks, and eventually Texas. Oh, and the all-day flight from Boise to Florida would be more bearable (especially if screaming kids don’t let me sleep or read books) â€“ I have a few good games on here. Yes, wRitErsbLock, we do want to come back eventually for another cruise and more Disney and that Harry Potter world at Universal.
Have I mentioned how much I love my computer? Gateway is teh awesome. Just like me.