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New Asus Laptops Have 3-Year Battery Warranty

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This battery will be good for over 1000 cycles, matching Apple's claims for its latest round of MacBooks.

Along with hard disk drives, the most likely thing to fail in laptop computers is the battery. While the battery is subject to wear and tear use more than any other part, it's still covered by the same limited warranty as most other parts – unless you have one of Asus' new laptops.

Asus has announced that its B Series of notebooks come with a better battery: Boston-Power’s Sonata. The Sonata is a long life battery from Boston-Power's latest lithium-ion technology platform that provides triple the lifespan of typical notebook batteries.

Boston-Power says that the Sonata 4400 has a cycle life of over 1000 cycles at 100 percent Depth Of Discharge (DOD). It also has a fast charge:  80 percent capacity in 30 minutes; 40 percent capacity in 10 minutes; and a energy density of 180 Wh/kg.

Thanks to that, Asus is offering a three-year warranty on the battery as well as the notebook.

“Today, our portable computing devices are an extension of ourselves and integral to our work and leisure-time activities,” said Boston-Power Vice President of Marketing Sally Bament. “To fully capture the benefits of mobility, users are seeking dependable, high-performance, safe and environmentally sustainable batteries. Boston-Power has established a global reputation for leadership in delivering those solutions. Teaming with ASUS is a tremendous endorsement of Sonata and our lithium-ion battery platform.”

The Asus B53 is available immediately and the Asus B43 will be available in the near future.

Boston-Power technology is also being used by HP for its Compaq, EliteBook and ProBook laptops.

Read more about the Sonata Battery technology here.

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    irh_1974 , August 16, 2010 1:40 PM
    greghomeSo, when can I get a refund for accidentally pouring water onto my laptop?

    On the 12th of Never, mail in your claim to the Ice Rink in Hell
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    irh_1974 , August 16, 2010 1:40 PM
    greghomeSo, when can I get a refund for accidentally pouring water onto my laptop?

    On the 12th of Never, mail in your claim to the Ice Rink in Hell
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    DoofusOfDeath , August 16, 2010 1:42 PM
    What ever happend to all the excitement about ultra-capacitors in recent years?
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    DoofusOfDeath , August 16, 2010 1:44 PM
    greghomeSo, when can I get a refund for accidentally pouring water onto my laptop?


    The upgraded warranty I have for my Dell M6500 notebook covers absolutely anything, except intentional damage.
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    Marco925 , August 16, 2010 2:02 PM
    DoofusOfDeathThe upgraded warranty I have for my Dell M6500 notebook covers absolutely anything, except intentional damage.

    Most Asus laptops come with that warranty for free in the first year. and the second is Standard warranty
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    webbwbb , August 16, 2010 2:17 PM
    Asus laptops come with a 1 year accidental damage warranty if registered in the first 30 days. That means that if you spill iced tea on your laptop then they will replace or repair it (at their discretion) for free.
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    Pei-chen , August 16, 2010 2:25 PM
    So how does it compare with Apple polymer battery and Sanyo's battery? (Is Apple using Sanyo's polymer battery?)
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    allenpan , August 16, 2010 2:26 PM
    not Most "ALL" asus has minum 1 year accidental warranty, and you can extend that too, i think was only 150$ for additional 2 years (accidital and global warranty)
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    Honis , August 16, 2010 3:17 PM
    greghomeSo, when can I get a refund for accidentally pouring water onto my laptop?

    Dell use to have an accidental warranty. No idea if they still do.

    Good warranty options from Asus. I guess I should check this thing out.
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    dextermat , August 16, 2010 3:32 PM
    +1 asus : but don't compare Asus with rotten apples :p 

    -1 Dell, Sony,HP, Acer, Gateway, Toshiba costumer and warranty sucks for them!!!
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    jojesa , August 16, 2010 3:36 PM
    Asus has one of the best laptop warranties available. Asus warranty covers the entire system.
    Be careful with Dell warranties, which might not cover the LCD or battery or both. Dell warranty might no cover software neither.
    To have complete laptop coverage with Dell you might need to get two types of warranties.
    Dell warranty = scam
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    proxy711 , August 16, 2010 4:17 PM
    Shoot i was hoping this would also cover the U33jc model i plan to buy here soon.

    Well the good news is Asus's laptop warranty is still really good. Its a 2 Year warranty with 1 Year accidental coverage that includes shipping both ways. It's also included in the price, unlike most laptops which costs extra.
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    bildo123 , August 16, 2010 4:37 PM
    DoofusOfDeathWhat ever happend to all the excitement about ultra-capacitors in recent years?


    Some company with lots of money probably bought it out. Why sell a battery that'll last 10 years when you can make more on a battery the lasts 3? Would this put a company out of business?...not sure but it's clear where some agendas are placed.
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    mikem_90 , August 16, 2010 4:47 PM
    The Asus warranty is typical unless you buy from a big box retailer like Best Buy who purchases the laptops with only 1 year basic warranties and then sells you their warranty on top of that (oh yeah, and you never get the extra goodies Asus sometimes gives with laptops).

    Best Buy also did something Skeezy with the netbooks, back when the 1000HE came out, companies were selling the new one and the old 1000HA. Best buy got Asus to sell them a special version, the 1000HEB, which was just a relabeled 1000HA. So I kept hearing people asking me why Best buy was $50 cheaper than other retailers.
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    mikem_90 , August 16, 2010 4:50 PM
    bildo123Some company with lots of money probably bought it out. Why sell a battery that'll last 10 years when you can make more on a battery the lasts 3? Would this put a company out of business?...not sure but it's clear where some agendas are placed.


    I was under the impression that UltraCapacitors didn't have the energy density that Lithium Ion batteries carried. Some are better than others, but when you want to have +150W/kg you kinda have to go with Lithium Ion. UltraCapacitors, from Wikipedia max out around 30W/Kg.
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    jerreece , August 16, 2010 5:23 PM
    greghomeSo, when can I get a refund for accidentally pouring water onto my laptop?


    About the same time gun manufacturers cover your legal costs after you decide to shoot a bunch of people.

    Or the same time auto manufacturers pay your tickets when you intentionally run a red light in front of a police car.
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    cookoy , August 16, 2010 5:31 PM
    Let's just hope other companies follow Asus lead. The only thing i hate about my laptop now is its battery life. It has none!
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    jacobdrj , August 16, 2010 7:36 PM
    allenpannot Most "ALL" asus has minum 1 year accidental warranty, and you can extend that too, i think was only 150$ for additional 2 years (accidital and global warranty)

    Uhh, since when? I had a cracked LCD. They said something to the effect of free 1st year warranty coverage... But they didn't follow through. It cost me more than 20 bux to ship it to Asus only to find out that they were going to charge me 200 dollars for the repair, despite what they had me believe. I had them ship it back, and decided to just repair the thing myself... Only 70 bux... But either way, they could have warned me that it was going to cost, but they led me to believe it was a warranty repair...
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    mikem_90 , August 16, 2010 9:07 PM
    jacobdrjUhh, since when? I had a cracked LCD. They said something to the effect of free 1st year warranty coverage... But they didn't follow through. It cost me more than 20 bux to ship it to Asus only to find out that they were going to charge me 200 dollars for the repair, despite what they had me believe. I had them ship it back, and decided to just repair the thing myself... Only 70 bux... But either way, they could have warned me that it was going to cost, but they led me to believe it was a warranty repair...


    Its possible you purchased a model at Best Buy or some other retailer who purchases them in volume in a "Special" configuration so they can sell you their warranty on top of it. Price looks better, but its an illusion. you are getting a stripped down version.

    As a rule, Asus sells them with 1 year accidental warranty, and 2 Year global (with Shipping included). Unless some company asks for them without those and other goodies, that is what is standard.

    The only exception is netbooks.
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    redgarl , August 16, 2010 9:30 PM
    New Asus laptop sux... simple as hat...
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    redgarl , August 16, 2010 9:41 PM
    G73jh-A1...

    first and last Asus laptop I buy... I am selling it as soon as I got the RMA back.
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