Heat and Noise
System noise was non-existent since Getac uses a passive cooling system on the B300; meaning no fans. The thick metal chassis becomes the heatsink for the processor, which in the case of the B300 means one massive heatsink. Under normal usage the chassis warmed up slightly above room temperature and stayed at that level. If you stressed the system though, it would get warm, as the body couldn’t dissipate heat as quickly as a fan blowing over a heatsink could.
Getac offers two battery options for the B300, including one high-capacity internal battery and a secondary battery which is housed in the media bay. As you might remember from our past review, the old configuration managed to stay running for 8 hours and 55 minutes. With the newer configuration, we tested the battery life with the screen brightness reduced to 70%, wireless turned on and refreshing a webpage every 60 seconds, and Windows 7 set to the Balanced profile. In our test, the system stayed active for only 5 hours and 8 minutes; a large drop compared to the old configuration. We figure most of this difference comes from the newer, and much faster processor. With the secondary battery, users should expect to double that time, as it is the same capacity as the primary one.
The Getac B300 is one of the best built rugged notebooks we have reviewed over the years. Prior to the latest update, it had the best build quality out of other super-tough notebooks, as well as extremely long battery life. With the recent refresh, it keeps its strong exterior, but now gets completely new internals including the Intel Core i7 620LM 2.0 Ghz processor and faster GMA HD integrated graphics. These changes brought a big uptick in performance at the cost of some battery life. We saw a drop of about four hours between the new and old model.
While battery life is a valid concern, the Getac B300 still offers over 5 hours of runtime, with the capability to double that with a second battery. The boost in system performance though was worth it, scoring nearly double the benchmarks compared to the older model. If you are in the market for a rugged notebook and work in an environment where an HP EliteBook or Lenovo ThinkPad just can’t get the job done, the super-tough B300 might be the system for you.
- Super durable
- Industrial looks
- Integrated pop-out carrying handle
- Still very expensive
- Drop in battery life from older model