15 inch AlBook heat & battery life

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  1. macguymike macrumors 6502

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    Two questions.

    1. Does it run cooler than the 12 inch AlBook and the old TiBook? How much cooler?

    2. I've heard battery life is as low as 1.5 hours but haven't heard anything else on it. Is it really that bad??

    Okay that was three questions. Sue me. :D

    Thanks!
     
  2. MacNut macrumors Core

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    4200rpm or 5400 rpm

    How much battery drain is there with the 5400 drive over the 4200 drive or is there a noticeable difference
     
  3. Hugin777 macrumors regular

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    Re: 15 inch AlBook heat & battery life

    As far as I understand from the Apple Discussions forums it does run cooler, but is still a little too warm for some. Apparently they prioritized silence over cooling.

    Someone quoted an Apple guy saying thay you should divide the official battery life by a factor of two :) So expect 2 through 2.5 hours.
     
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    Re: 4200rpm or 5400 rpm

    I think the first 5400 rpm models arrive later this week. It will be very interesting to see benchmarks, and learn which model it is (some say Hitachi, some Fujitsu).
     
  5. tizza macrumors regular

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    I've got a 4200 rpm machine, and the battery life is about 2 hours. Not thrilled with that but still it's fine for most of my purposes. The machine does get quite hot but it is quiet and the fan only occasionally comes on - that was really a prioty for me more than anything else.
     
  6. macguymike thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Does it get as hot as the old TiBook? Too hot for leaving it on your lap?

    The heat is more of a priority for me than the noise.
     
  7. macguymike thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Re: Re: 15 inch AlBook heat & battery life

    Which Apple Discussion Forums? Have people said its too warm to keep in one's lap?

    As far as battery life goes, 2-2.5 is still kinda low. Guess I should test out my 12" and see what it gets, as its life has been enough for me for the most part.
     
  8. macguymike thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Re: Re: 4200rpm or 5400 rpm

    I haven't heard anything about this. What's the deal with the 5400 vs. 4200? Are the laptops going to be getting upgrades?
     
  9. panphage macrumors 6502

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    Re: Re: Re: 4200rpm or 5400 rpm

    You can spend more money and get a hard drive that takes more power and generates more heat and is supposedly faster.
     
  10. Hugin777 macrumors regular

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    Re: Re: Re: 15 inch AlBook heat & battery life

    Well, you know, Apple website -> Support -> Discussions -> PowerBook -> 15" (FW800)

    This thread talks about AlBook heat.
     
  11. macguymike thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Re: Re: Re: Re: 15 inch AlBook heat & battery life

    Cool, thanks. :)
     

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