7200rpm HD battery question

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  1. bart rijksen macrumors regular

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    I'm debating whether i should get the 7200rpm drive or the 5400rpm drive, in a new macbook pro 15 inch. What battery life do you get using the 7200rpm drive? and is there a big difference in performance between the two?
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  2. DeuceDeuce macrumors 6502a

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    I didnt notice much of a difference in battery power or speed to be honest...
     
  3. bart rijksen thread starter macrumors regular

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    do you get about 4 hours battery life with basic use?
     
  4. andrewdale macrumors 6502a

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    With normal internet usage and some word processing for taking notes in school, I get anywhere from 4.5 - 5 hours of battery life.

    When I watch video or something that taxes the processor a little more, it'll tell me that it's about 3 - 3.5 hours.

    And, on a flight to Seattle, as my wife was batch processing and saving files in Photoshop CS, it dropped the battery life down to about 2.5 hours. Still not bad for such a continuous strain on the CPU and HDD.

    Hope this helps.
     
  5. bart rijksen thread starter macrumors regular

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    Ok, great. Thanks a lot
     
  6. drewsof07 macrumors 68000

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    My 2.33 (5400) was replaced with a new penryn (opted to upgrade to 7200) and both out of the box, I noticed an increase in battery life actually (3.5hr up to 5:15). Probably due to the 45nm processor. And it is so much cooler. Heat = energy lost. I highly recommend the upgrade when transferring larger files.
     
  7. bart rijksen thread starter macrumors regular

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    Another question, will the hard drive last for about 4 years or will it have failed by then?

    Thank you very much. Will be ordering in an hour or so, so i would like the answers asap

    Thank you
     
  8. drewsof07 macrumors 68000

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    I don't know if there's any way of knowing that. 7200 rpm 2.5" drives have only been out for 1-2 yrs. But if the 3.5 drives are any indication, I don't think they had any higher fail rate than standard 5400.
     
  9. MacAodh macrumors regular

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    Think it depends more on the manufacturer. Good manufacturers can produce better quality. But they should last for four years i'm assuming.
     
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