The “Undead” Device Revealed at CES

Last week’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) confirmed that style is taking a backseat to something that concerns all of us: extended (reliable) battery life. Luckily, the industry continues to listen and there were impressive responses to our queries. No one likes to see the battery percentage on our phones, tablets, or other devices dwindle and we often go to extremes to prolong the inevitable. You’ve tried the tricks: turning your phone off until you *really* need it, turning off Bluetooth and wifi features, etc. These efforts remain a fruitless, inefficient tactic that leaves us more frustrated than when we began. Is it possible to be productive without a device crapping out on us?

The answer is: possibly. With 1. Extended battery life, 2. Making machines thicker to facilitate bigger, stronger batteries and 3. Wireless charging, we are well on our way. Yet there’s a missed opportunity here with Power Optimization.

Toshiba’s announcement of 16 hours of battery life for their new Portege X20W laptop is striking. Similarly, LG announced 23 hours for their Gram 14 laptop. Actual battery life has to be confirmed but if they come close to those figures your users will be very happy indeed.  Incorporate Power Optimization and the source of your productivity problems is effectively eliminated. Having control, (Power Optimization), is a necessary factor in achieving those goals in 2017.

With HP’s x360 increase in thickness of 1.5 mm, users will enjoy a 23% larger battery. Sure it’s “bigger”—but the vote to have a larger device to accommodate more power has won over.  LG’s Gram laptops have been bulked up to the industry’s largest built-in batteries: 60 watt hours! Imagine being able to binge the entire season of Game of Thrones without plugging in!

The long anticipated move to wireless charging also got off to a great start with the inclusion of this feature in Dell’s Latitude 7285 2-in-1. Users can now shift their focus from charging their device to experiencing their device.

We’re all pleased to see these battery-related innovations, but as experienced technical specialists, we’re also a bit skeptical. Will our users actually get the benefits promised? Will there be related technical issues? Do the peculiarities of our environments and application workloads mean that some of these devices would be better for us than others? 1E is continually innovating in this space to uniquely provide you the answers you need. NightWatchman’s Power Optimization analytics report is an excellent resource to check your battery experience.  As you move to such exciting new devices, use Power Optimization to get their full value.

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Paul Thomsen
Paul Thomsen has been a Product Manager at 1E since August 2014. Current responsibilities include NightWatchman product management and special projects. That followed two and a half years at the company as a Solutions Engineer working directly with many organizations of all sizes. Prior to that Paul worked at Microsoft for 12 years, eight of which were as a senior ConfigMgr Engineer for the teams serving Microsoft IT (300,000 clients) and others. That included “dogfooding” many versions of ConfigMgr. For his first few years at Microsoft, Paul was a technical writer on the ConfigMgr (SCCM) product team. His career has been primarily IT-focused but has included several years as an application developer. Paul has been active in the ConfigMgr community for over 15 years, including presenting at many conferences, blogging at myITforum.com, writing the SMS column for BackOffice magazine for three years, and contributing to several SMS/ConfigMgr books.