windows 7 battery life on new mbp

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by boonlar, Feb 25, 2011.

  1. boonlar macrumors 6502

    Dec 30, 2008
    can anyone please test battery life under windows 7?
  2. jenzjen macrumors 68000

    Aug 20, 2010
    Just install it yourself and try it out?

    If you really need W7, its battery life isn't going to stop you from installing it one way or another.

    I have it and works wonderfully but I've never worried about checking the battery life.
  3. boonlar thread starter macrumors 6502

    Dec 30, 2008
    well if i get it ill be using it as a windows and linux laptop 99% of the time so thats why i want to know if its worth getting
  4. impulse462 macrumors 68000


    Jun 3, 2009
    The battery life for macbooks under windows as always been sub-par. Depends what you're doing, but don't expect to get 7 hours out of it.
  5. boonlar thread starter macrumors 6502

    Dec 30, 2008
    i think its because there is no graphics switching on windows. theoretically the new 13" only has intel gfx so it should have good battery life under windows
  6. jenzjen macrumors 68000

    Aug 20, 2010
    Understood, but is it still going to make any difference, ie is your decision governed by battery life or design, etc.

    Let's say there's a HP that gives you 6 hours vs the Apple that gives you 4 under W7. Will that sway your decision?

    I know for me and probably the majority on this forum, we would still choose the Mac every day.
  7. boonlar thread starter macrumors 6502

    Dec 30, 2008
    has anyone tested battery life under win7 yet?
  8. Benjamins macrumors 6502a

    Jul 15, 2010
    I think you are getting the wrong laptop.
  9. boonlar thread starter macrumors 6502

    Dec 30, 2008
    there are no pc laptops as thin or with good graphics like the mbp 15. which pc laptop would be better? you cant find one
  10. SmokeyRobinson macrumors regular

    Dec 11, 2010
    HP Envy 14
  11. Benjamins macrumors 6502a

    Jul 15, 2010
    I don't know, but I would try Thinkpad.
  12. boonlar thread starter macrumors 6502

    Dec 30, 2008
    Lmao!! that doesnt even havr sandybridge and hp consumer laptops are utter junk
  13. boonlar thread starter macrumors 6502

    Dec 30, 2008
    thinkpads only have crappy workstation cards and very dim lcds.

    its pretty pathetic that apple makes the best pc...
  14. c1phr macrumors 6502

    Jan 8, 2011
    I would say the HP Envy line for sure. Engadget has given them glowing reviews and I have seen them compared to the MBP in other reviews.

    EDIT: It appears you care enough about graphics to shoot down the Thinkpad, you might want to look at this:

    You said you were going to be using Linux on it. The 15" MBP has AMD graphics, I assume you have done no research into the driver quality of AMD graphics under an X server on Linux have you?
  15. kobyh15 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 29, 2011
  16. Looon macrumors 6502a


    Jul 10, 2009
    It's pretty pathetic that you actually think this is true
  17. richlee111 macrumors regular

    Feb 27, 2011
    Agree. Right now there are no good Sandy Bridge PCs out there or coming out in the pipeline. When people ask me what is the absolute best PC laptop out there right now, I tell them it is the Apple Macbook Pros.

    Sure, you have the ThinkPad T42s, the HP Envy's, and the Sony Vaio Z's. But, each of these laptops have one, maybe two, killer feature. Then, when you start to make up for a missing feature or option, your price will certainly begin to creep up to Macbook territory.

    I myself was looking for a Sandy Bridge laptop for PC use. But checking specs, the Macbook made sense. I was an original Macbook and 1st gen aluminum Macbook owner. Went PC for awhile due to development needs. But, I do miss the Mac both as itself and for boot camp use. So now I am back.

    So in the end if you do want a good PC laptop that can run MacOS, MacBook Pros are it. Course, this is my humble opinion:)
  18. Help Please macrumors regular

    Feb 26, 2011
    I thought we were talking about graphics cards, not processors? :confused:

    HP Envy 14 won Engadget Laptop of the Year, obviously they're doing something right.
  19. DudeMartin macrumors regular

    Dec 2, 2010
    Chicago, Illinois
    Pff ... I think it's a crime to switch out of this beautiful Mac OS X ...
  20. c1phr macrumors 6502

    Jan 8, 2011
    Exactly what I was saying! My only argument against is that they use AMD GPU's, and the OP wanted to use Linux. Otherwise the Envy line is pretty awesome, and I've recommended them to people who need graphic power but can't afford the MBP 15".

    There IS the Dell XPS line, recently refreshed with Sandy Bridge I believe. I know that just the sound of Dell makes people (including myself) cringe, but the XPS line is actually built properly as opposed to their other machines. I've been told they are built to the standards of the Dell business line (which is a very strong line of notebooks).

    Then again, I have a feeling the OP isn't planning on listening to any of us.
  21. boonlar thread starter macrumors 6502

    Dec 30, 2008
    meh all these pcs have one or two things that just suck

    hp consumer stuff use cheapass motherboards, crappy trackpads

    asus is great but poor keyboards and terrible trackpads

    lenovo is great but very dim LCDs and bad viewing angles, also crappy GFX

    dell is cheap all around and thick with poor battery life

    toshiba is alright but they have nothing special announced

    gateway = lol

    macbook pros only have two disadvantages, poor cooling design, and high price and that makes them the best all around machine right now.
  22. punchwalk macrumors regular

    May 16, 2010
    Maryland, USA
    I don't buy the 4+ hours reported by PCMag. Seems like 3 or less for me (15" 2.2)

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