Vista + Notebook = Low Battery. Fast.

The general consensus is that Vista substantially decreases battery life on notebooks.  That is, with the new Aero Glass interface enabled.

From independent testing, some notebook users have concluded that Vista draws 20% more power with the Aero Glass interface disabled. With Aero Glass enabled, expect your notebook to run for much less than the quoted battery run-time. Four hours of battery life under XP just decreased to two and a half under Vista.

Isn’t mobility the whole purpose of a notebook? I mean there’s other purposes, but a vast majority of notebook users would agree that portability and mobility are the key reasons behind a notebook purchase. With Vista, I guess we can remove mobility from the notebook equation and hope there’s always a power outlet nearby. Or, we can keep running XP until drivers and hardware with better power management are developed.

Vista Pricing and Release Date

It appears that Amazon has Windows Vista available for pre-order on their website. Personally, I’m going to wait for general OEM availability of the Vista Ultimate DVD-ROM, rather than shelling out for the retail-boxed version.

The release date for Windows Vista has been scheduled for January 30, 2007. I’ll leave it up to Microsoft to meet that deadline 😉

Want to get your hands on Vista Build 5536 (pre-RC1)? Well, click here. Hopefully, you’re one of the first 100,000 people to get your hands on it. After that, you can bet it will end up on various BitTorrent sites worldwide for your downloading pleasure (2.58 GB).

Update (9/7/2006):

Click here to download Vista Build 5600 (RC1). I recommend using the provided Download Manager to download the 2.52 GB DVD image.