Windows laptop with same battery life as macbook

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  1. Samtb macrumors 65816

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    Can anyone recommend any windows laptops with high resolution displays that can match the battery life of MacBooks in real world usage?
     
  2. JHUFrank macrumors 6502a

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    I don't know of any. I do love Lenovos and they have good battery life, but the power integration is nothing like Apple's. I use the X series Thinkpads for other reasons. We are testing and doing initial deployment of Surface Pro 3s at my job, and they don't come close to the battery life either, but are pretty good devices for other reasons.
    Hopefully others can comment on the newer Dell devices.
     
  3. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 603

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    There aren't really any, it's OSX that is so good at managing battery use and windows just isn't very good at it, you get far worse batterty life on a macbook running windows than you do on it running OSX. A couple of years ago there were some very expensive sony Vaio's that got great battery life with extra battery slices on them.

    Windows 10 may be a bit better.
     
  4. SE43 macrumors member

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    HP Spectre X360 comes very close (If not the same)

    You must also remember that using Boot Camp or Parallels (Or VMs in general) knock battery life down a lot more than using a native Windows machine (Such as the HP Spectre X360, usually anyway)

    Macs are perfect running OS X, run anything else, then it's not so great.
     
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    How many hours do you get roughly on the HP in real world usage? And is it the full HD version or the quad HD version?
     
  7. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 603

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    This is nonsense in bootcamp it is no different from any other PC, VM's will of course use more battery as you have to use more resources to run 2 OSes at the same time.

    The X360 advertises a 12.5 hour battery life but reviews put it at about half that with a fairly standard use case in real life. Read this review it sounds pretty good.

    http://www.techradar.com/reviews/pc...and-netbooks/hp-spectre-x360-1297082/review/3
     
  8. SE43 macrumors member

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    I do not have one but it's impossible to tell you how much you'd get as everyone's usage is different. But many reviewers are impressed with the battery life. This is based on the full HD version, the QHD gets around 1 hour less, maybe a little more.

    The Dell XPS 13 is also another contender, but the QHD gets much less then the full HD version (The full HD one gets way more than a Macbook) so that's an option.
     
  9. SE43 macrumors member

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    Bootcamp solidly get's 2-3+ hours less than OS X does. That is what I meant.
     
  10. Samtb thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I see. Thanks, I'll look into them.
     
  11. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 603

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    @ SE43 That it does but that is because it is running windows not because windows is bad on macs.
     
  12. SE43 macrumors member

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    The drivers suck (The trackpad mainly, that thing is horrible on Bootcamp) obviously the battery life suffers. The fans tend to kick on more.

    Of course people have different experiences with Bootcamp on Mac, mine have mainly been negative.
     
  13. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 603

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    Mine have been mainly negative too, but I hate windows and struggle to use it at the best of times let alone when I'm forced to infect my lovely mac with it, trackpad is dreadfull on it and windows 8.1 is ridiculously organised but thats neither here nor there.

    Drivers may be poor but that may well higher the battery life if they are underutilising the components, the battery life could be worse if they were better optimised for performance... Don't assume poor drivers means a negative impact on battery life.
     
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    While I lack the desire to look up the spec on each of these this article might be interesting

    http://blog.laptopmag.com/all-day-strong-longest-lasting-notebooks

    I will say this I have a a latitude 6420 which 3 to 4 years old and I get a legit 12 hours on the battery. It's running linux but it does show that PC manufacturers do actually think about battery life.
     
  15. SE43 macrumors member

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    No I understand that, I didn't particularly mean that the drivers cause poor battery life. I just meant the drivers suck in general (More so the trackpad driver, the rest are mediocre at best)
     
  16. wakinghour macrumors regular

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    For performance (not necessarily Windows battery life) Macbooks were rated as the best Windows machine for 2013.
    http://www.cnet.com/news/macbook-pro-declared-best-performing-windows-laptop/
     
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  18. Samtb thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Is it not possible to have a thread containing the word "windows" without it turning into a criticising windows thread?
     
  19. SE43 macrumors member

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    Apparently not haha. In fairness it would be the same against OS X on a Windows forum.

    I really like Windows personally, in fact I'm also in the process of finding a decent Windows Ultrabook to replace my Macbook Pro.

    Growing up with Windows (And being unable to afford a Mac) I always thought OS X would be like night and day between Windows but it really isn't. Don't get me wrong, a fantastic operating system, but (In my opinion!) didn't live up to the hype once I used it daily.
     
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    I sold my 2015 Dell XPS (with QHD touchscreen) last week for my rMBP, the Dell, imo did have better battery life, so that's one you should consider looking at, and the screen is very nice.

    It's extremely portable and looks really nice too (imo). If you type a lot though, Idk... I found the keyboard very uncomfortable to use, and the track pad wasn't the greatest, and pretty crappy to use with anything but IE.

    Hope this helps a little
     
  21. Samtb thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Yeah that's helpful thanks but to be fair I don't think any windows laptop can beat the Mac trackpad.
     
  22. ApolloBoy macrumors 6502a

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    I sell PCs all the time at work and I don't think I've come across any PC laptop with a trackpad as nice as a Mac's.
     
  23. z31fanatic macrumors 6502a

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    I had an 11" Asus briefly ($200 laptop) which got between 10 and 12 hours of use. Though it was very underpowered with an Intel Atom cpu, integrated Intel HD graphics, and only 2GB RAM. So none of the components were power hungry.
    I was impressed though. 12 hours is great battery life. I never got that when I had a 2014 Air and newer Airs are known for great battery life.
     
  24. deepen03 macrumors member

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    HP Spectre 2560x1440 model should get 9-10hrs, 12 hrs on the 1080p version. Or a Surface Pro 3

    for keeping it on a budget, ASUX UX305, Core M, but gets 9-10hrs life and is as sleek as the New Macbook
     
  25. JHUFrank macrumors 6502a

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    I have to disagree on the Surface Pro 3. We are rolling them out company wide and the best I have seen is 4-5 hours of battery life. Mine will get that most of the time. For what it is, very happy with the battery life.
     

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