Parallel? and Parallel + Battery?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Lacrosseboss18, Mar 14, 2011.

  1. Lacrosseboss18 macrumors newbie

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    Im looking to get my first Macbook Pro 13 this weekend. I'm going to be purchasing it for school and my number one concern is battery life. I don't always have access to a plug so its kind of an issue.

    I was wondering what type of battery life i could expect. I would be running parallel on the machine as i want to continue to use Microsoft Onenote for all my note taking. I would also leave the internet on as i sometimes jump online to look something up. I wouldn't be doing a lot of browsing just the occasional search and downloading the class powerpoints for the day. I would keep the screen brightness down to the lowest or a notch or two up from the lowest.

    I was also wondering with Parallel, if i was to download a pdf file while on my Mac OS could i locate the file one i open Windows XP in Parallel or would i have to open parallel, and use the web browser from within Windows to import my files?

    Thanks for all the help
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Your battery life is dependent on a number of things, including screen brightness, WiFi, bluetooth, apps/processes/widgets you have running, Flash on websites, health of your battery, type of internal drive you have, how much free space and RAM you have, etc. It's truly a case of YMMV. This should answer most, if not all, of your battery questions:
     
  3. bigjobby macrumors 65816

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    I've got my Parallels configured so that anything I have on my OSX desktop also appears on my Windoze desktop so that they can be accessed by either OSs. Not sure how I configured it or whether it was by fluke; it was quite a while ago when I did the setup.
     
  4. elpmas macrumors 68000

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    I assume your battery life with Parallel will be roughly 2hrs...at least that's what mine estimated :eek:
     
  5. tcador macrumors regular

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    I'm running vmware fusion on my 15" mbp and get around 2.5-3 hours running a windows 7 vm (installing software, updates, etc).
     

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