Like Your Netbook’s Battery Life? Stick With Windows XP

According to some recent Laptop Magazine tests, some netbooks’ batteries aren’t running as long under Windows 7. Laptop Magazine’s editors ran testedthe Toshiba Mini NB205, ASUS Eee PC 1008A and HP Mini 311 with both XP and Windows 7. The result? The netbooks with Windows 7 ran for an average of 47 minutes less than their XP counterparts.

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The NB205 lost 33 minutes of battery life, which isn’t all that much since it still runs for almost nine hours under Windows 7. But the Mini 311 and 1008HA suffered big time under Windows 7.

Laptop Magazine’s battery test utilizes a script that simulates continuous web browsing.