Battery Related Queries

Here is HTWingNut's thoughts on the issue. (note, for those who don't know who he is, HTWingNut is one of the most respected members in the notebookreview forum, a site that is considered to be the hub of laptop enthusiasts all over the world)
"This question/concern comes up ALL THE TIME here at NBR. Bottom line, leave it in. You leave your battery in your cell phone, right? Most thin and lights have enclosed batteries... people spend hundreds of dollars on UPS battery backups for their desktops, yet people are always concerned about batteries in their laptops. Leave it alone. Leave it plugged in, and forget about it. All it takes is one trip over your power cable and yank it out, and poof there goes your data. Or even a quick power loss. Power cords are a lot more likely to dislodge in a laptop than a desktop case too, most with a slim barrel connector.
Laptop batteries degrade due to several factors:
(1) Over time, regardless of charge state, they just degrade
(2) Discharge/recharge cycles - that's it's job but the more you do it, the more it degrades the battery. Most batteries have 500-600 cycles before they reach 50% life.
A discharge/charge cycle is any full discharge and recharge, whether all at once, or drain 20%, charge 20% five times would be one cycle as well. If you run off battery daily, expect to change the battery in less than two years. If occasional, then probably never during the life of the laptop.
(3) Rapid discharge - gaming while on battery (unplugged from AC), unless it's Peggle or Solitaire, 3D gaming will put a significant draw on the battery that can also quickly degrade the life of the battery. Most systems limit CPU and GPU performance on battery for this very reason.
(4) High heat or extreme cold - usually not an issue due to laptop temps when running unless it's a horribly designed laptop, but leaving it in a hot car or cold car for an extended period can degrade the battery significantly more than any other cause
If your battery swells, then it's a faulty battery. Battery charge systems are "smart" these days and will not charge when fully charged. Some systems let you set the amount you want it charged to. It can't hurt, but IMHO, why not make maximum use of your battery and replace it for $50-80 in a couple years if you need to.
And please link to these articles that say it's bad to leave them plugged in because I'd like to see their reasoning and data to support this. My personal history with laptops (both my own dozens of laptops I've owned, as well as friends, families, and those that I did some side jobs for) does not indicate this at all."


Gaming Compatibility

Is it for Gaming? Is it equipped with a Graphic Card?
This is a tricky question because the answer is all yes, all laptops can run games and all laptops have graphic cards BUT acceptable gameplay differs from each other so here’s our advice:
1. Be educated, there are hundreds of graphics cards currently and knowing their ranking is beneficial for choosing the right unit. Usually top tier Graphic card comes with a price.
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2. Check the Game’s Requirements.
3. To see is to believe so we highly suggest to check the actual gameplay footage. Take note of the graphic card of the particular unit and search it in Youtube to see it in action.


Power Cycle

Hard Power Cycle (For computers that have removable batteries)

1. Unplug the computer from the AC adapter.

2. Remove the battery from the computer.

3. Press and hold the power button for 20 seconds.

4. Re-Install the battery.

6. Re-Connect the AC adapter.

7. Press the power button to turn the computer back on.

Hard Power Cycle (For computers that don't have user removable batteries)

1. Unplug the computer from the AC adapter.

2. Press and hold the power button for 20 seconds.

3. Re-Connect the AC adapter.

4. Press the power button to turn the computer back on.

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