Battery Question

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by lukeyyyyy, May 26, 2013.

  1. lukeyyyyy macrumors member

    Nov 18, 2010
    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!

  2. Mrbobb macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    Gaming = automatically largest battery u can get.
  3. DisplacedMic macrumors 65816

    May 1, 2009
    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.
  4. lukeyyyyy thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 18, 2010

    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
  5. DisplacedMic macrumors 65816

    May 1, 2009
    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.

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