The notebooks’ battery life was measured with Battery Eater Pro 2.60. The test was performed at the maximum screen brightness in the following modes:
- Classic – the system bears the maximum and evenly distributed load
- Reader’s test (the pages are scrolled through each 15 seconds)
- DVD mode (the DVD movie was launched in Battery Eater’s Idle test mode)
The off-the-shelf sample of ASUS V6J (V6X00J) with a CPU frequency of 1.66GHz and less of system memory requires less power. The total time of autonomous work in the reader’s mode is over 3 hours for both the notebooks. This is quite a good result considering the rather powerful configurations of the tested computers.
The battery discharge graphs for different operational modes are presented below:
Main battery (1.66GHz):
Extended-life battery (1.83GHz):
I’d like to give you a brief description of the system recovery utility all notebooks from ASUS come with. You can use it from a special hidden partition on the hard drive by pressing F9 at system startup or from the included Recovery and Driver&Utility discs (to do that, you should press Esc at startup, select Boot from ATAPI CD-ROM Drive and then change the discs as requested). The system will offer four options to you:
- If none of the following recovery options is selected, the computer will just be rebooted to load Windows (if Recovery is started from the hard drive) or run the bootable disc in the optical drive.
- The first partition is deleted (the others remain intact) and a new system partition C: will be created.
- This option removes all the partitions from the hard drive and creates a new system partition C:.
- This option removes all the partitions from the hard drive and creates two new partitions C: (60% of the drive’s storage capacity) and D: (40%).