IBM claims 10 hour battery life for new notebook

IBM Middle East has released a new ThinkPad notebook which it claims offers an extra-long battery life of up to 10 hours.

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By  Matthew Wade Published  March 3, 2004

IBM Middle East has released a new ThinkPad notebook which it claims offers a battery life of up to 10 hours. In addition to the usual single battery, the ThinkPad R50 also adds the option of a second system battery. In addition the R50 features IBM’s new Hard Disk Active Protection System, a patented solution that IBM has designed to reduce the chance of hard drive failures. The technology incorporates a motion detector, or “accelerometer”, on the system board that senses movements that might potentially cause system damage, interprets signals from the accelerometer and signals the hard drive to temporarily park the drive head when motion or vibration of the notebook is detected. “IBM is committed to providing our customers with the most reliable notebooks in the industry,” said Sameh Farid, regional manager of personal computing division, IBM Middle East, Egypt and Pakistan. “With the SMB market facing limited IT resources and taking a more rigorous approach to their IT needs, technologies such as the IBM Active Protection System, the IBM Rapid Restore and the Embedded Security Subsystem have been incorporated into the machine to reflect the growing need for robust, secure machines while minimising the time and resources required to manage PCs.” IBM’s R50 models are available with Intel’s Centrino mobile technology or with integrated IBM 802.11 a/b/g wireless. Intel's new Centrino promises a longer battery life. In a bid for notebook market share, other vendors such as LG have made similar claims of 10 hours battery life with Panasonic promising 7 hours with its new notebook line on full charge. These longer battery lives usually only apply if users run minimal applications on low video resolution and avoid using battery consuming devices such as running their CD/DVD drive or multimedia applications. Under normal usage, the new line of notebooks from vendors offer an average of 4 to 5 hours of battery life for one standard Lithium ion battery. Using a second battery in the spare dock, battery life can be extended by a few more hours.

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