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Sorry if this has been posted before, but I'm having a really tough time finding good information on this. I'm getting a new laptop soon, and I'm considering getting a 15" macbook pro for its build quality and performance but plan on running windows 7 exclusively. I understand the battery life is significantly worse in windows because the dedicated GPU runs constantly.

My question is, does anyone have any real world results? I've seen some people complain about 2 hours of battery life, while other sources show much better results (pcmag showed 4:40, http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817...id=y_HhLT_XsHD). Over four hours would be great, but two hours would be completely unacceptable (EDIT: I'm basically referring to normal use like web browsing and document editing). Can anyone share their experience (or even talk me out of getting a macbook pro)?
Edited by lockdown571 - 10/26/11 at 2:57pm
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I get anywhere between 2:30 and 4:30 hours.
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I use W7 through bootcamp but I wouldn't use it exclusively. It's not that great. And it takes 2-3 minutes to boot...
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What is the point of getting a mac if your are just going to run windows? i mean it would be ok, but why exclusively? OSX is great for normal use.

if you want to run windows 7 only i would advise to just look into buying a pc.
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Originally Posted by Sean Webster View Post
What is the point of getting a mac if your are just going to run windows? i mean it would be ok, but why exclusively? OSX is great for normal use.

if you want to run windows 7 only i would advise to just look into buying a pc.
It's actually what I do right now, and it works quite well. I have a 2007 "Santa Rosa" Macbook Pro, and I've been using Windows 7 exclusively for for the past year. This is back before apple started using a dual GPU setup, and I get around three and a half hours of battery life in Windows.

I just simply can't find a windows laptop that suites my needs. I want sturdy high performance laptop that doesn't weigh a ton. I checked out the new Samsung 7 series, but the screen and touchpad are atrocious. It's almost impossible to find a Windows laptop with a good touchpad and screen. The best thing I've found yet is the Sony S 15.5". However, it's not super durable (and also annoyingly doesn't support two finger scrolling). It also doesn't have a whole lot of options like a quad core processor.
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Ok, but why not just use OSX lol?
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Mainly Office 2010, especially OneNote. The Mac versions of Office are rubbish and don't include OneNote. Also other things like bu-ray and game support.
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Just bootcamp 7 for games and Office. And just use VideoLAN for OS X to playback bluray files in OS X.
    
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Use VMware for when you need Windows.
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That's funny I prefer the Mac version of Office. I like the menus a lot better.
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