bootcamp battery life on the new mbp 15"

Freyqq

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What kind of battery life have you guys been getting with this in bootcamp? I'm considering buying a base level macbook pro 15" and using a couple pc-only programs in class. Then, when I get home, I'd boot into osx and do everything there. I know they say these computers get like 9 hours of battery life in osx, but how do they do in windows? The programs I need to use aren't all that cpu intensive I think, probably equivalent to light web browsing in cpu overhead.
 

ozreth

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Crazy to me that you are a 65816 and don't know the universal answer to this question. Battery life is horrible on bootcamp, always has been and probably will be for some time. Expect to get half your battery life at most. Probably 1/4 when running a bunch of really intensive programs.
 

Freyqq

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Crazy to me that you are a 65816 and don't know the universal answer to this question. Battery life is horrible on bootcamp, always has been and probably will be for some time. Expect to get half your battery life at most. Probably 1/4 when running a bunch of really intensive programs.
lol I know that it's a bit of a drop off, but i'd like to verify with some real numbers from people that have used bootcamp with the current revision. If it's even 3.5 hours or so with light web browsing and low brightness, that might just be enough for me to get by.
 

man02195

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What kind of battery life have you guys been getting with this in bootcamp?
I run parallels, and it's about 60% of the battery life in OSX. I have the previous generation, but the % should roughly about the same. I started up about 15 minutes ago, and it says 2:43 remaining.
 

iLog.Genius

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With the original unibody MacBook Pro, you would be lucky to get around 2 hours. With the newer MacBook Pro's I'd say 4 hours and that's pretty damn good considering the competition run about the same or even less. Anybody saying 4 hours is horrible through BootCamp is wishing for way too much.
 

Tmacfan4321

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With the original unibody MacBook Pro, you would be lucky to get around 2 hours. With the newer MacBook Pro's I'd say 4 hours and that's pretty damn good considering the competition run about the same or even less. Anybody saying 4 hours is horrible through BootCamp is wishing for way too much.
Yeah, most comparable laptops that lack switchable graphics get around 4 hours as well.