Ridiculously good battery on 2013 MBA

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by afrocleland, Nov 24, 2013.

  1. afrocleland macrumors member

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    I know this isn't news, but today was the first time I used mine continuously for many hours. I did about 6-7 constant with half brightness using Citrix Safari plug in to use my office PC. Obviously not an intensive task, but I had 65% left afterwards. I was even switching desktop to mac occasionally to do some non-worky stuff. Very happy with it. If only my iphone could be as good!
     
  2. Mrbobb macrumors 601

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    I give 70% kudos to Intel and 30% to Apple.

    Am sure Apple would like Intel making their next iPhone processor than archival Samsung.
     
  3. iLuvMyMacToo macrumors regular

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    I'm with you OP I'm so pleased with the overall performance of my 2013 MBA
     
  4. ducatiti macrumors 6502a

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    The way I look at it is a Honda Civic will be more efficient than let's say a V6 Honda Accord. So you get a better gas mileage on a more efficient car which represents the Air. Just my humble opinion.
     
  5. yosemit macrumors regular

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    Probably not very precise. The CPU performance of Air is almost the same as 13-in Pro (i5 vs i5 or i7 vs i7). It is pretty powerful among laptop computers.

     
  6. pgiguere1 macrumors 68020

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    I don't know exactly why the MBA got such a battery boost with Haswell, but for some reason Windows Ultrabooks are only getting a little over half its battery life despite having a similar CPU/screen/battery capacity. That's quite a massive difference.

    For example, engadget tested the MBA's battery life at 12:51 (that's before Mavericks, so it's probably better now), while some Ultrabooks are still in the 6-7 hours range, some of them with Haswell. I'd be curious to know what factors (software I assume?) give such a large discrepancy.
     
  7. gnasher729 macrumors P6

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    The poster you replied to gave 70% of the kudos to Intel and 30% to Apple.

    Maybe for other manufacturers, he should give 200% to Intel and minus 100% to the manufacturer :D
     
  8. raniel macrumors regular

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    I hope someday we can say the same about the iphone. the battery of iphone sucks
     
  9. afrocleland thread starter macrumors member

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    iPhone battery isn't all that bad. In about 8 hours, mine only dropped about 3 or 4 percent... I was sleeping and it had basically everything except GPRS off :(

    But in all seriousness, my MBA has impressed me massively. It's as powerful, if not more so than the 2011 13" Pro it replaced and as for the absence of a retina display, I don't mind at all. I have an iPad with one, and sure, it's nice, but for a laptop that I'm not watching HD videos and photo editing all day, it's very, very good. I'd say pound for pound (or dollar for dollar) the best consumer laptop I've ever used.
     
  10. robvas macrumors 68020

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    Agreed. My 4 would last for 2 days easy, sometimes 3. My 5S barely makes it to midnight some days.
     
  11. Windowsrefugee macrumors regular

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    Anyone here care to report real world battery life on 2013 i7 MBA running Maverick? Still debating between i5 and i7. Have read the reviews and specs but would like to see real world numbers-- actual duration of use, not just readings off the battery estimator.
     
  12. ABC5S macrumors 68040

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    No games, no movies.... [5S]
     

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