Battery Question

lukeyyyyy

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Still undecided on either the 11 or 13 inch air but I was wondering what the battery life would be on each device in the below situations.

1. Web browsing / YouTube / FaceTime / music playback

2. Xcode dreamweaver photoshop illustrator

3. Gaming such as wow xcom enemy unknown, bioshock infinite

If the battery life is on average 30% better on the 13 ill be persuaded!

Thanks
 

DisplacedMic

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May 1, 2009
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Still undecided on either the 11 or 13 inch air but I was wondering what the battery life would be on each device in the below situations.

1. Web browsing / YouTube / FaceTime / music playback

2. Xcode dreamweaver photoshop illustrator

3. Gaming such as wow xcom enemy unknown, bioshock infinite

If the battery life is on average 30% better on the 13 ill be persuaded!

Thanks
well first of all, you can goto the apple website and look at the specs of their computers:
the 11" has a 5 hour battery, the 13" has a 7 hour battery.
that's more than 30% right there, and playing games is going to to cut that time in half, at the very least.

i would consider a pro if i were going to be playing a lot of video games. obviously the MBA can handle those but not nearly as well as the pro. Even the 13" rMBP might be a better option despite not having a dedicated GPU.

either way i certainly wouldn't be spending a lot of time playing with the machine unplugged.
 

lukeyyyyy

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Nov 18, 2010
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well first of all, you can goto the apple website and look at the specs of their computers:
the 11" has a 5 hour battery, the 13" has a 7 hour battery.
that's more than 30% right there, and playing games is going to to cut that time in half, at the very least.



i would consider a pro if i were going to be playing a lot of video games. obviously the MBA can handle those but not nearly as well as the pro. Even the 13" rMBP might be a better option despite not having a dedicated GPU.

either way i certainly wouldn't be spending a lot of time playing with the machine unplugged.

Thank you for the reply, you have a valid point although it will only be light gaming, I spent a £1000 on a custom computer at the start of this year to handle all my gaming needs.

The rmbp would surely suffer more than the air as its native resolution is so high,

I intend to wait for haswell either way
 

DisplacedMic

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May 1, 2009
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Thank you for the reply, you have a valid point although it will only be light gaming, I spent a £1000 on a custom computer at the start of this year to handle all my gaming needs.

The rmbp would surely suffer more than the air as its native resolution is so high,

I intend to wait for haswell either way
oh i see - then yes, i think it would suit your needs quite well :)
as for battery in the rMPB, they put a 74w battery in there for a reason - 50% increase over the Air so i think the battery life would be comparable between the two, but you might want to ask people with real-world experience with both or either.