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?