Going to the local computer, office supply, and big box stores it seems like all of the newer laptops have non-replaceable batteries. I'm looking for a 14" machine that is straight Intel so it will run Linux easily, but I can't find any locally. Something with a standard keyboard, with no number pad. No touch screen, nor Windows 8. It seems like all of the smaller machines from a few years ago aren't made any more. Any suggestions for decent machine that isn't applâ‚¬. Opinions aside, I don't like apple stuff. Would it be better to go with a Sager/MSI/other generic brand to try and get the cost down, since they are all made in the same places?
I keep seeing these articles on-line about how back to school sales will have great deals, but they all look like ultrabooks.
Yeah, a lot of laptops are moving to the Ultrabook format. I hear you about wanting to remove the battery - I just bought an Acer Aspire AO756 11.6" sub-notebook (basically a fast netbook). It's nearly identical to a Chromebook but came with Windows 8. Not only have I already bought a spare laptop battery but upgraded the wireless card, RAM, and (eventually) the hard drive. Can't do that with an ultrabook or not very easily.
You can probably find lots of non-ultrabooks on say Dell's website. You can also try Costco or their website (better selection online). Costco has a 90 day return policy on all computers. I'm not sure you even have to be a member to buy off of their website, but if you want to return it you probably must pay to ship it back to get a refund.
How to store your battery?
Keep your battery in a cool and dry storage area.
Do not fully charge your rechargeable batteries before storage.
Do not store your battery fully depleted.
Do not stockpile your laptop batteries and avoid buying dated stock.
Never leave a nickel-based battery sitting on a charger for more than a few days.
Always store a lead acid battery in full-charge condition.
Observe the open terminal voltage and recharge the battery as recommended by the manufacturer.
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