November 12, 2009 at 3:30 pm
The news is hardly a surprise, but Laptop Mag did a number of battery tests confirming that battery times using Windows 7 are not as good as when using XP. For their testing they looked at three netbooks (Toshiba NB205, Asus Eee PC 1008HA and the ION-powered HP Mini 311) and measured battery life whilst continuously web surfing over wireless.
On all three machines, the battery lasted longer on XP than it did for Windows 7. The Toshiba lasted an extra 33 minutes, the Asus lasted an extra 57 minutes and the HP lasted an extra 51 minutes. Getting nearly an hour extra, as is the case with the Eee PC 1008HA is certainly nothing to scoff at.
Personally speaking, I don’t really see the need for Windows 7 on a netbook. Given that most come with Windows 7 Starter, I’d much rather have XP anyway given the lockdown on some W7 Starter features. However, for those drawn to the eye candy, hopefully future Windows 7 driver support will narrow the battery life gap somewhat.