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Battery life tests: Go all day with Apple's Mac laptops

Roman Loyola | May 29, 2015
A big part of evaluating laptops is battery life. Since the tests take so long, our reviews of the new MacBook, 13-inch MacBook Air, and 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro posted without hard data for battery life (the MacBook review had Jason Snell's observations while working day to day).

With a new laptop, you'll find that it has more than enough battery life to get you through a workday. Of course, your mileage may vary based on what you do. If you're heavily into production and frequently need to perform processor-intensive tasks, your battery life will be affected.

Bottom line

Looking beyond the results and laptops here: Just how important are battery life test results to you, the consumer? In recent history, I've consistently seen a new laptop battery exceed Apple's specification. Apple has also made great efforts to tell the consumer that they believe battery life is important, so the company seems to be doing what it can to deliver long battery life. Apple's always going to make a laptop that can last a working day

As we all know, as a battery ages it doesn't last as long as it originally did. We won't stop looking at battery life, but perhaps the results from a new laptop battery aren't as important as the life you get from an older laptop battery.

 

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