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ProPedderKustom
Jan 16, 2008, 12:22 AM
I am planning on getting a MBA w/ 1.8ghz processor and the 80gb HDD. I have a bunch of DVDs ripped onto my computer that I like to watch while traveling. Do you guys think that with all wireless off and screen half to full brightness, I will be able to watch 2 full DVDs [4.5 hours of DVD watching....let's call it 5 hours of total usage]. I am asking because I know Apple, and almost all computer manufacturers, tend to overrate useful battery life. Nonetheless, the 5 hour claim seems to be 5 hours while surfing the net. Hmmmm. Any thoughts?



RR08EvoX
Jan 16, 2008, 12:47 AM
i doubt that would be a problem if you turn wifi off, might be harder manage if its a year old but by then you could get the battery replaced for $129 by apple

ProPedderKustom
Jan 16, 2008, 02:07 AM
Hmmm I wonder if we will see any testing on that before they are available at the Apple Store.

carsncars
Jan 16, 2008, 02:12 AM
Will also depend on the resolution, bitrate, and codec of the video.

ProPedderKustom
Jan 16, 2008, 02:14 AM
Will also depend on the resolution, bitrate, and codec of the video.

800x600 768kbps MPEG-4 [DiVX encoded w/ AVI file type]

steve31
Jan 16, 2008, 02:30 AM
I wonder if the 5 hour battery quote is with the 80GB hard drive or the solid state drive? Or the faster CPU on the model with the SSD would cancel out any gains made by not having a moving drive.

Justinerator
Jan 16, 2008, 02:32 AM
I wonder if the 5 hour battery quote is with the 80GB hard drive or the solid state drive? Or the faster CPU on the model with the SSD would cancel out any gains made by not having a moving drive.

good question. I would like to know this as well.