With heavy use you can expect the battery to last about a year -- it will likely last longer but you'll probably find the amount of time you can use it diminishing. I've had mine for 3 years now -- it certainly still works but it only lasts reliably for around 90 minutes (much less than when I first got it). I'd also add that I've almost never used mine.
Dell isn't trying to cheat you -- that's just about the best lithium batteries can do right now. Unless it completely discharges or otherwise fails, it should last past a year (with less run time). Never completely discharge the battery.
Most computer makers give a 1 year warranty on batteries -- it's pretty much standard
Message Edited by parkerti on 08-20-2005 05:00 PM
Message Edited by parkerti on 08-20-2005 05:01 PM