Quite the debate going about Vista and battery life. On the one hand, CNET is hitting the topic hard today and I’ve read a number of similar articles and comments about Vista draining notebook batteries faster. On the other hand, Frank (aka: Ctitanic) calls the whole issue a myth and plans to debunk it with some testing.
Currently, I only have Vista on a desktop (which isn’t applicable to this) and on UMPCs where, like Frank, I haven’t noticed any problem. There’s one item that I suspect Frank is overlooking: most reports indicated that when turning the Aero graphics features off on Vista, battery life was back to ‘normal’. Since we’re not running the Aero features on our UMPCs, my take is that we wouldn’t see the issue. Time and testing will tell, so I’ll take a wait-and-see approach for now. Meanwhile: care to share your power experiences under Vista on a notebook or UMPC?