Asus Eee PC 701 Drains like hell at full speed

There has been so many reviews about Asus Eee PC, particularly the Asus Eee PC 701 since it’s the first ever netbook I know to come out and show off. I had mine for almost a year now but have not been able to test it at full speed.

I have been using my Eee PC at it’s most conservative setting @ 630 Mhz. It’s on Ubuntu most of the time, but when it got a chance to try Windows XP, I was able to set it at full speed using the eeectl application. Fan is set to automatic so it sets itself to its most comfortable preference.

Heck I was surprised, my battery drained in just 1 hour and 15 minutes, while I was doing nothing too heavy for Eee PC like just surfing blogs and typing comments every once in a while. The other day, I was able to watch 2 movies with 1:40 mins each at 630 Mhz, and I still got some spare power on my battery for shutting down and booting up again. I have 4400 mAh battery, by the way.

Well, I’m not sure if this is normal or something wrong is happening. I would also want to post a screenshot of the battery meter but I don’t know how to do it while it’s 0%. :D

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3 Responses to “ Asus Eee PC 701 Drains like hell at full speed ”

  1. Ade said:

    Sep 12, 08 at 10:47 am

    Oh yeah it does that on my Eee too. That’s why I never use eeectl unless I’m plugged in.

  2. Peter Schein said:

    Sep 12, 08 at 11:16 am

    for xp: this one will help you monitor and log your battery drain. install .net framework and disable your power saving options like going to standby, etc

  3. Electric Vagabond said:

    Sep 14, 08 at 8:01 pm

    If you want to run your 701 at a fast speed then you should try my Copper Heatsink Mod that I posted on the EeeUser forums! It posts step by step instructions on how to do it and its not that hard! The link is here
    The MSI wind and 1000h are the laptops to use though – all should upgrade from their 701s or 901s. I am an enthusiast though so can justify the expense. Check out for some Netbook news if you are interested.

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