Battery life when playing local 1080p video from SSD

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  1. Crowdx44 macrumors member

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    Hi all,
    So I am considering moving from Windows to a MacBook Pro 15, my question is how long does the battery last playing local 1080p video. With my Dell Xps I was getting about 7 hours of local video at 40% brightness which was more than bright enough when watching movies on transatlantic flights.
    Has any used the MacBook Pro on airplane power?
    Thanks for any advice.
    Patrick
     
  2. Sanpete macrumors 68020

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  3. Crowdx44 thread starter macrumors member

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    Just read the reviews, thanks for pointing those out, I agree with the numbers, the Dell XPS I had was performing pretty much the same battery life as that review. I may just go to my local Best Buy and pick up the macbook pro, even with the larger battery in the new 2017 XPS 15 it seems unlikely that it will hit the same run times as the macbook pro :(
     
  4. hawkeye_a macrumors 6502a

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    I think the codec would matter. h264 and MPEG4 should be great for power consumption. Not sure about the software-hardware support for h265 and other newer codecs.

    Get the MBP IMHO. I've had my 13" and am very pleased with it (screen, size/weight are great).

    Cheers
     
  5. Crowdx44 thread starter macrumors member

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    Well the jump for me is moving to the Mac OS, I have run it a little as a Hackintosh but never as a laptop. My main use would be light gaming (World of Warcraft and possibly Guild Wars 2) and music creation running Studio One 3 with UAD external DSP.
    The battery life comes in when I fly between the US and Europe every six months or so. it is an 11 hour flight and I normally spend around 8 hours of that catching up on tv shows stored on the local hard drive. I have been pretty unlucky with in seat power although it seems whenever someone next to me is on a mac that they are able to use the in seat power lol.
     
  6. halfbad macrumors member

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    A lot will depend on the format/codec used. If your using MKV's with VLC or something like that it will be more taxing, but if your using h264 encoded video you will get a very long video viewing time, guessing 8-12 hours, since it's decoded with hardware.
     
  7. Crowdx44 thread starter macrumors member

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    Most of my content is done in Handbrake and encoded as mkv's, so from what I am heading these are more power hungry?
     
  8. halfbad macrumors member

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    not necessarily, mkv is the container, the codec would make most of the difference.
     

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