We performed about an hour and a half of benchmarks on our notebook with little to no idle stages. After this period, the 8200 only sucked up about 50% of the battery power, which was when it started to throttle the CPU down to conserve power as much as possible.
We were suitably impressed with this; it means you'll get around two and a half hours of usage on the road, or in the air, before you'll need to hook your AC adapter up to some type of mains power to recharge the onboard battery.
While battery life on the 8200 is not as impressive as other notebooks, we should take in note the specifications of the Inspiron and how powerful it truly is, as proved by our benchmarks.
I'll admit it - I brought my Dell Inspiron 8200 notebook for use on the road and aboard. I never bought it solely with the intention to play all the latest PC games - the fact that it can however, and so well at that, is just an added bonus.
It would take an awful lot for me to instantly change from a desktop system to a notebook system for my gaming needs, just as I can imagine it would for the majority of gamers around the world. Remembering though, the notebook computer was never designed to play games, but companies such as ATI are helping change this mind-set, at least partly, of gamers all around the world with graphics related products one would think usually only be reserved for desktop systems. However, as we've seen from ATI's Mobility 9000 GPU, this is certainly not the case. All of the games we tested on the notebook performed just as well as our test desktop system - if you didn't have an FPS counter onscreen, you would most likely be non-the-wiser.
Taking the notebook outside with UT2003 playing was much to the interest of my dog Beau who was quite curious of the machine making all kinds of strange sounds in his territory…
As much as it may seem, I'm not trying to create a new world wide community of notebook games. It is much less complicated in fact - this article just goes to show that you can frag quite nicely on notebook computers these days, as our results showed our investigation!
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