MacBook Air question: Battery life enough for 2 DVDs from HD?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by ProPedderKustom, Jan 15, 2008.

  1. ProPedderKustom macrumors regular

    Jan 11, 2008
    I am planning on getting a MBA w/ 1.8ghz processor and the 80gb HDD. I have a bunch of DVDs ripped onto my computer that I like to watch while traveling. Do you guys think that with all wireless off and screen half to full brightness, I will be able to watch 2 full DVDs [4.5 hours of DVD watching....let's call it 5 hours of total usage]. I am asking because I know Apple, and almost all computer manufacturers, tend to overrate useful battery life. Nonetheless, the 5 hour claim seems to be 5 hours while surfing the net. Hmmmm. Any thoughts?
  2. RR08EvoX macrumors member

    Jun 15, 2007
    i doubt that would be a problem if you turn wifi off, might be harder manage if its a year old but by then you could get the battery replaced for $129 by apple
  3. ProPedderKustom thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 11, 2008
    Hmmm I wonder if we will see any testing on that before they are available at the Apple Store.
  4. carsncars macrumors newbie

    Sep 2, 2007
    Will also depend on the resolution, bitrate, and codec of the video.
  5. ProPedderKustom thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 11, 2008
    800x600 768kbps MPEG-4 [DiVX encoded w/ AVI file type]
  6. steve31 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 20, 2007
    Edmonton Canada
    I wonder if the 5 hour battery quote is with the 80GB hard drive or the solid state drive? Or the faster CPU on the model with the SSD would cancel out any gains made by not having a moving drive.
  7. Justinerator macrumors 6502


    Jun 26, 2007
    Redondo Beach, CA
    good question. I would like to know this as well.

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