Notebook software setup obviously is somewhat different from desktop. One of the core aspects is being disconnected from wall socket and having countdown to shutdown.
Battery monitor provided by Windows is usable but awful (as many native Windows utilities are) and I just got post on battery meters by MakeUseOf in my RSS reader so I picked one of those – BatteryBar.
What it does
Battery bar installs as taskbar panel that shows current status with estimated charge/discharge time and additional information on hover.
I like apps that utilize taskbar (see my post on SmartStartMenu launcher) because I consider it very underused area. Trick here is to show core information without taking too much space and BatteryBar does that just fine.
Another good aspect (that would take me some time to properly check) is keeping statistics and calculating battery wear level.
Free version limitations
Pro version of app offers plenty of additional settings and functions such as alerts and customizable indicator looks. It may interest true road warriors but for me free informational part is perfectly enough.
Free, single-function app with great design and usability.
Do you have notebook? What are your favorite notebook-specific applications? Please share those in the comments or suggest in Skribit widget in sidebar. :)