In his video review of the Eee 900, Dan noted that he was slightly disappointed with the battery life. Several other people have also commented on this downfall in the otherwise-amazing sub-notebook, causing ASUS to generously offer a brand new, better battery, for just £10.
However, when I spoke to an anonymous source at ASUS this morning, I was told that only five people had complained to the company about the battery life, so either everyone has very low expectations on a laptop’s battery life (I know I have, after many bad experiences with machines); only five people own an Eee 900; or everyone is using the little fella connected to a power source.
Still, I certainly wouldn’t turn my nose down to a new 5800mAh battery for just a tenner, which will replace the current 4400mAh. There’s also been a bit of disquiet over the actual batteries themselves, with the US market receiving the longer-life 5800mAh batteries, and the UK having 4400mAh in their models.
It’s true, that the US is luckier with the better battery being given to them straight out of the box, however the UK market is far better off, with a two-year warranty on the Eee, and year for the battery. Our friends over the pond have received just a year for the laptop, and six months for the battery.