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As the macbook pro has a bigger screen, more powerfull components and more features, does this mean that the macbook pro has a smaller battery life than the macbook?

If so, is it a big difference or not enough to notice?
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My macbook got substantially better battery life than my pro does. Using full brightness on both machines doing nothing more than internet surfing with a full charge, id get a solid 3-3.5 hours with the macbook. With my pro, its closer to 2-2.5. Watching a full length DVD on the pro is cutting it close in terms of battery life.
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I'm rather surprised and disappointed by the short battery life on the Macbook's. I thought that they were using the same Intel CPU that Wintel mfrs use for their notebooks.

My Thinkpad X61s 8 cell that I just got at work routinely gets over 5 hours on a full charge with the screen on regular brightness setting, and a friend's Vaio gets even better than that.

I was hoping to pick up a Macbook to go with my new iMac. I wonder whether the Macbook Air will come close to the 5+ hours on my Thinkpad?
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my 2.16 C2d Pro got at most 4hrs.

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I got 3.5 hours last Tuesday and the battery still had ~20% left. Keep in ming all I did is watch videos (for about an hour) and surf the Internet!

I'm sure a Macbook's battery would last longer, but considering the MBP's hardware, I was surprised by the 3.5 hours.
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i get about 3hrs mbp 15
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we have a problem then, I have the chance to get a free laptop off the government and im prodding for a macbook pro. I already have a macbook and if i got a macbook pro aswell then I would have to deside which one to keep.

I love my blackbook nice specs, nice size and good battery but if the pro's battery is not as good then this could be a problem because i use my macbook lots at university off the battery.
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