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Asus is continuing its odd advertising campaign for the Eee PC with a new commercial touting the netbook’s long lasting battery. And apparently its ability to clone attractive dancing women in bunny suits.

There’s just one problem (other than the whole bunny suit thing). The premise of the ad is that you can squeeze 8 hours of battery life out of an Eee PC. First of all, I’m not aware of any existing Eee PC model that can get that kind of battery life with an Asus-supplied 3 or 6 cell battery. And second, the netbook in this commercial clearly does not have a 6 cell battery, as there’s nothing protruding from the back.

Now, I suppose it’s theoretically possible that you could underclock an Eee PC to run at 800MHz, turn off the WiFi and Bluetooth, and dim the screen all the way and get close to 8 hours. It would help if you turned off the screen and maybe didn’t touch the computer at all, but what’s the point?

This isn’t to say that the Asus Eee PC doesn’t get excellent battery life. I freuently use my Eee PC 1000H for 4 to 5 hours without stopping to charge. I’ve just never come anywhere close to 8 hours.

You can watch the commercial for yourself after the break.

via PC Authority

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7 replies on “Has anyone ever gotten 8 hours of battery life from an Eee PC?”

  1. Well, I bought my 1000H last week and I am getting 4:45 hours with bluetooth and wifi with webcam off in power saving mode at 20% screen brightness, and 5:35 with same settings with bluetooth and wifi turned off.
    And that is when I hardly touch it, just very light usage.

    If I do a lot of web browsing with many tabs and some occasional youtube, and with wifi and bluetooth then I get 4 hours of battery life.

    Not much…

  2. I’ve never gotten 8 hours on my Eee 1000H, but I get close — about 6 1/2 hours or a little more in Power Saving mode with wifi off and screen at 50% (which is more than enough).

  3. As a student I could get 8 hours from the notebook I bet. I use my Laptop with the Max power saving features with 3 cell battery and I am able to get 3 hours…and 6 hours on my 6 cell. And that’s a duel core with touch screen hp-tx2000

    For a student, all I need for taking notes is Wifi and Bluetooth turned off, and the screen brightness ALL the way down. I only need to make out the text I am typing for note taking. I do not “need” the full experience when I “need” to save as much battery as I can. After classes I usually swap out battery and set every thing to full power and catch up on my blogs.

    So I bet I could get 8 hours…Word and PowerPoint does not use the CPU much at all.

  4. I have a 901 with the 6 cell battery, 20gb ssd and linux. My only power saving tweak was to turn off bluetooth and run with a medium screen brightness setting. Use includes web browsing with an occasional video; viewing, sorting, uploading pictures with picasa and video chat with skype. In addition, most of the time rhythmbox is playing mp3s. Using the default xandros install I was consistently getting 6 to 7 hours.
    I recently switched to ubuntu-eee (which I like much better, I use ubuntu 8.04 on my desktop). I haven’t yet tweaked it in any way, but battery life has dropped to 4 to 5 hours. I haven’t checked yet, but I don’t think ubuntu-eee adjusting the processor speed.

  5. I have the six-cell battery, and it doesn’t protrude out the back. Only nine-cells do on the Eee, to the best of my knowledge.

  6. it says battery life depends on configuration and usage. Therefore you can buy a 9cells battery for it and then you might get 8 hours. Just like the 9cell msi wind 🙂

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