Reserve Power=Laggy?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Saberon, Jun 28, 2012.

  1. macrumors 6502a

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    First Mac here..

    My battery gave me a Reserve Power warning when it got low and I noticed the MBA's performance really went downhill. Menus and scrolling and launchpad were very laggy compared to normal. When I plugged it in, the issue was immediately resolved....I let it charge up to around 25% and unplugged it and it still seems OK. Is this normal behavior?
     
  2. macrumors Westmere

    GGJstudios

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    No, it's not normal that performance changes when running low on battery power. Are you certain it wasn't something else using system resources?
     
  3. thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Quite certain, there's literally nothing installed except stock Lion programs. It was only in the less than 5% battery life that things got a little choppy. I'd guess most people wouldn't notice but my eye is super sensitive to anything less than smooth.
     
  4. macrumors 68000

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    i think it's normal. i was playing a game called limbo for hours and suddenly the game was becoming choppy and unplayable, i thought my air was overheating. i quit the game and realized my battery was at 5%. plugged in the charger and the game was ok again.

    but i have never experienced slowness in OSX's UI even when the battery was low.
     

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