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Apple Notebooks Apple's notebook computers including MacBook Pro, MacBook, MacBook Air, PowerBook, and iBook.

isn't my macbook pro supposed to have a 7 hour battery?


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You can't expect seven hours for everything that you do. One can't expect the same battery life from a machine if one day they simply browse the web and encode video the next. What are you doing on your machine when you experience this battery life?
I agree. I found that just by watching a youtube video my macbook pro's CPU jumped up to nearly 60% of usage. The video wasn't even HD. That definitely eats into the battery from what I've seen. Also, if you want to get the most out of the battery, turn off the backlit keyboard, bluetooth and airport and turn down the brightness as low as it can for you to see what you're doing. The battery lasts for a pretty long time with that.
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I am a seasoned notebook user. I switched to Macbook because the 7 hours battery was very important to me. Unfortunately, my macbook battery lasts only 2 hours. I tried everything including dimming the screen, turning blue tooth off, etc. but no luck. I brought my laptop to Apple store and was told that the battery was OK. No one seems to have an answer for why it lasts only 2 hours. To be honest, they think I am making it up. I donít care what the testing equipment show. Someone has to sit in front of it and see for himself. It is frustrating. I donít know what to do.
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[QUOTE=bambino707;968803]Folks
I am a seasoned notebook user. I switched to Macbook because the 7 hours battery was very important to me. Unfortunately, my macbook battery lasts only 2 hours. I tried everything including dimming the screen, turning blue tooth off, etc. but no luck. I brought my laptop to Apple store and was told that the battery was OK. No one seems to have an answer for why it lasts only 2 hours. To be honest, they think I am making it up. I donít care what the testing equipment show. Someone has to sit in front of it and see for himself. It is frustrating. I donít know what to do.[/

what is the year / model or your MacBook ?

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I am a seasoned notebook user. I switched to Macbook because the 7 hours battery was very important to me. Unfortunately, my macbook battery lasts only 2 hours. I tried everything including dimming the screen, turning blue tooth off, etc. but no luck. I brought my laptop to Apple store and was told that the battery was OK. No one seems to have an answer for why it lasts only 2 hours. To be honest, they think I am making it up. I donít care what the testing equipment show. Someone has to sit in front of it and see for himself. It is frustrating. I donít know what to do.
On a full charge, leave Bluetooth and your screen turned up to medium brightness.

Then, open Activity Monitor. Sort the Process list by CPU. Start up your usual assortment of apps. If you see any of those process jumping up greater than 70% CPU utilization on a consistent basis, you will know what is draining your battery.

Every time I've seen a system that had atrocious battery life like this, the owner didn't realize that if they were running a program, application or game that is consistently eating up system resources, the battery will drain more quickly. Sometimes they are surprised to find that there's a program running in the background that they didn't even realize was there that is draining the battery.

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After using many Dell, HP, Toshiba laptops and skimming on every possible power source, doing the same on my MacBook Pro, sometimes my battery indicator reads 7-8 hours available. I do alot of plain old reading, so everything, Bluetooth, wifi, camera, etc... is off. No way this happens with any of my pc notebooks. 3, 3.5 hours, tops. I wound up buying multiple batteries.

Never used one of the recent ultra portable netbook-like notebooks with the reported 10 hour battery life though.

Anyways, battery life is awesome.
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