bootcamp or parallels or. ....?

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Mar 16, 2012
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I need to run a light program under windows

I have seen statistics that under bootcamp i will have up to 25% less battery life

Would i have more battery life using parallels or another method?

Best battery life is the most important....
 

BeeJee

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Nov 27, 2011
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I use parallels on a pretty regular basis and never have noticed a decrease in battery life (or one that would bother me). Honestly when I first started using parallels I thought it was an annoying program and setup, however now that I'm accustomed to it I absolutely love it and wouldn't think about using any other VM.
 

makaveli559m

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Apr 30, 2012
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I need to run a light program under windows

I have seen statistics that under bootcamp i will have up to 25% less battery life

Would i have more battery life using parallels or another method?

Best battery life is the most important....
You can use both, I use Parallels to boot into my bootcamp partition when Im in OS X.
 

throAU

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Feb 13, 2012
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Virtualisation (any product) will suck battery a fair bit more than not, you're running 2 operating systems (or more) instead of 1 so the CPU will be burning more cycles.

Also, VMware (and possibly parallels) will switch on the discrete GPU if your mac has one, which will draw additional battery unless you force it to use integrated with gfxcardswitcher...
 
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