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    Hooahman's Avatar
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    Jul 20, 2007
    2.5GHz Core2Duo, 4gb PC5300 RAM, 200gb 7200RPM HD, nVidia 8600m GT 512mb
    Battery Concern
    I bought a new Macbook Pro just over two weeks ago and am concerned about the battery. I have noticed it drains extremely fast when unplugged. Today I sat down to watch Superbad (the DVD) and started with a fully charged battery. I got ~1:15 into the movie and was at 5% and had to plug it back in. I had the screen on about 90% brightness (2 bars from full). Normally, just browsing the net and such, I get closer to two hours of battery life. Is this normal? It seems like a very short battery life to me. Thanks.

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    skaheadpunk's Avatar
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    Jan 12, 2008
    Leicester, England
    MacBook, iPod Classic, 8GB 3G iPhone, Time Capsule
    It's all down to the settings, what you're doing, CPU and memory, etc. Watching a DVD uses more power that only having Safari open and reading the news, if you see what I mean.

    If you really think it's out of whack then I'd talk to Apple about it.

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    Nov 02, 2007
    Macbook Pro 15" 2.2/120gb/2gb Santa Rosa - 20" Aluminum Apple Cinema Display
    try downloading istat for your dashboard, it will say what percent your battery health is at, but 2 hours sounds about right well browsing, mine is about 2 months old at it is around that maybe 2-3 hours.. their cheap to buy anyways..not a big deal

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