Which MBP has better battery life?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by joshwithachance, Jul 30, 2011.


Which MBP has the better battery life?

  1. 2010 13-inch

    4 vote(s)
  2. 2011 13-inch

    7 vote(s)
  1. joshwithachance macrumors 68000


    Dec 11, 2009
    I've been curious as to which MacBook Pro has better battery life, the 2010 13-inch with it's Core 2 Duo processor or the 2011 13-inch with it's i5 & i7 processors?
  2. Synergie macrumors 6502a

    Jan 15, 2011
    Halifax, Canada
    Both models are touted as having a 7 Hr Battery... but which model has better 'real world' statistics wrt battery time?

    I did a quick search and found this:

    2009/2010 C2D Models: Lesser processor power but significantly better integrated graphics than the newer model, equating to better battery life in real world usage.
    2011 i5/i7 Models: Improved processor power, but with a trade off with the new discrete graphics, equating to decreased real world battery life.

    Having said the above, I want to add that I use a mid 2009 13" MBP with the 2.53 GHz C2D and I routinely do intensive graphics / photo editing with Adobe CS5, the C2D is more than adequate! So I don't think the majority of people would even notice a significant difference in day to day tasks between the C2D and i5/i7....For me, I'd rather have longer battery life right now with a still quite capable processor, than gain a bit of processing power at the expense of battery life.

    From a post on here awhile back:

    So there you have it...
  3. joshwithachance thread starter macrumors 68000


    Dec 11, 2009
    Oh cool! Thanks :D

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