To be fair, this isn’t entirely Asus’s fault. A fire at an LG Chemical plant earlier this year has led to a global shortage of laptop batteries. So the company is conserving wherever they can. But it’d be nice if Asus would at least knock a few bucks off the price. As things stand, the company is trying to convince UK customers that they’re getting a good deal because the computer comes with a 2 year warranty. But which would you rather have, a 2 year warranty, or a 1 year warranty and a battery that lasts up to 30 minutes longer?
In other words, UK customers will get a computer with a larger screen, a CPU that runs at its full 900MHz speed (earlier models were underclocked to run at 630 or 571MHz) and a lower capacity battery. All of this spells disaster for anyone who was hoping their ultraportable laptop would be able to run for 2 hours or more on a single charge. Maybe it’s just me, but if I have to lug a power cable with me everywhere I go to use my light weight, portable notebook, I start to think of it as a little less portable.