Who here has ever needed to replace the battery in their notebook?

With more notebooks shipping with a built-in battery, some people are worried that this prevents them from being able to easily replace the battery, forcing them to pay for support or buy a new notebook. But how important are user-replaceable batteries? Have you ever replaced the battery in your notebook?

With more notebooks shipping with a built-in battery, some people are worried that this prevents them from being able to easily replace the battery, forcing them to pay for support or buy a new notebook. But how important are user-replaceable batteries? Have you ever replaced the battery in your notebook?

Note: By built-in battery I mean a system where you can't just pop a catch to remove the battery - the truth is that it's actually quite easy to replace the battery in such systems as long as you competent in handling a screwdriver.

There are two times when I feel it's advantageous to have a user-replaceable battery in a notebook (or cellphone for that matter):

  • When your on the road and away from the charging cord
  • When the original battery starts to wear out

But while I can come up with good reasons to have a user-replaceable battery, it's been ages since I ever bought a spare battery when on the road (a car cord is far less hassle) or replaced a worn battery.

What about you?

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