Currently I'm using a Netbook (Dell Latitude 2100 non-touch scree) (2GB RAM, 1.6GHZ Intel Atom Processor, 60GB HDD, originally Win Vista Business, currently WIndows 7 Pro and a windows experience index of 2.2) and with the Processor settings set to increase max battery life and OS priority set to performance over display, I'm averaging about 1.5-2.5 hours of battery life from a 6 cell Li-Ion battery.
If I were to install the latest version of Ubuntu on the current HDD would I see an improvement in battery life? What if I were to buy/install like a 16GB SSD and the latest version of Ubuntu, would I likely see more of an improvement if any on battery life?
The biggest problem I'm currently experiencing is that as an engineering student running this laptop as a secondary computer to run to class with, it's obviously slow being old and running on Intel Atom, and if i prioritize speed over battery life, I'll get at best 45 min to an hour of battery life, and that's hardly sufficient enough to get by one class. I figured converting to SSD would definitely improve performance and allow me to run tasks faster, and using Ubuntu which is a far simpler platform to Windows 7 I'd browse the web at superb speeds efficiently, and running Wine I'd be able to open Word and Excel and run my files off a cloud service despite the lack of storage space.
What does everyone else think? Open to suggestions. Thanks in advance.