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Originally Posted by alcal View Post

This guy gets it! Sheesh it's nice to expect lots from technology, but how greedy can we get? Also, how many people here really CAN'T be near a wall once every 5 hours of continuous use? Maybe if you work in a jungle or something. Even most ultrabooks don't do MUCH better than 5 hours (though there are a few exceptions). Nonetheless, my G73 gets about 45 minutes of battery life and although I'm a class-going student, It's never bothered me. It wasn't even that many years ago when just a couple hours was a huge achievement on the battery front for any laptop without a slice battery. I just feel like people are looking for excuses to pick on the Surface.
We'll have to wait 'till Haswell CPUs release for the real power-sipping ultrabooks to roll out. Side note: If the iGPU with Haswell is good enough, I'll pick one of these up as a mobile gaming machine for sure!

My ultrabook (sig) gets exactly 5 hours of battery life on medium brightness surfing the web. biggrin.gif Knock the brightness to low and do MS Word or something and turn off the WiFi, and it gets closer to 6. But yeah, getting >6 hours of battery life on an x86 device of that size is just going to be extremely difficult.
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MS is confusing. You build this, brag about office on it and then you go ahead and stick a keyboard that is not completely solid.

Just as a reference. My G73 with a i5 +460m gets 3 hours of battery. Stuff like these need at least 10 hours.

What if there is no desk? Half the classes I'm in they give you those arm chairs that's about big enough for a small notepad and a pen.
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post #23 of 31
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http://www.slashgear.com/microsoft-surface-pro-battery-life-is-half-what-the-surface-rt-offers-30259059/
This is the tablet I would buy if I was buying a tablet (emulation tablet ftw). But the battery life and price is disappoint. Maybe I'll grab a used one later when they come out with one with 1080p



.....it has a 1080p display. Did you even read you the article you posted? As for price, its a little high, but it has the specs of a high end ultrabook and build quality that rivals apple. 900$ seems cheap when I see it that way. Battery life was always going to be a problem in a form factor of this size. Its still less than 14mm thick.
    
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I knew this would happen lol... But what does everyone expect? For speed intel destroys ARM! In power management ARM beats Intel. Guys seriously be careful what you wish for... as computing becomes more convenient... you will notice that you are asking that they trade power/speed for convenience/time. I honestly don't care for ARM because I rather run full programs than have 100 crappy apps and only 10 are actually useful. If you don't like the battery life then don't buy the thing. Power consumpion is one thing, speed is another, can't sit back and cry because you want technology to move backwards and forwards at the same time!
    
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post #25 of 31
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Honestly I wasn't expecting it to get much more than 4-5 hours of battery life anyway.
I mean, the Surface Pro has a Core i5 inside, not some low power ARM processor. The last similar tablet (Samsung Series 7 slate) with a Core i5 only got around 3.5 hours of battery life.
That said, 4-5 hours of battery life is not good by any means, since it means basically 3.5-4.5 hours of battery life in actual use.. Even my 4 year old Thinkpad X200t can pull off 7 hours with the extended battery. I was really interested in the Surface Pro before but now I'm rethinking it. If the Surface Pro had a removable battery, 4 hours would be enough, but since it doesn't, you'll basically have to carry the charger around everywhere.

Are you complaining about carrying a little usb plug cable? You don't have to carry a power brick

Lets see your thinkpad is how big? With the extended battery?

Has what core 2 duo?
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post #26 of 31
So 5x the performance but half the battery life... sounds like a fair tradeoff to me.
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post #27 of 31
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MS is confusing. You build this, brag about office on it and then you go ahead and stick a keyboard that is not completely solid.
Just as a reference. My G73 with a i5 +460m gets 3 hours of battery. Stuff like these need at least 10 hours.
What if there is no desk? Half the classes I'm in they give you those arm chairs that's about big enough for a small notepad and a pen.

To be fair though, your G73's battery probably weights as much as the entire Surface Pro.


The Surface Pro is similar in size, weight, and hardware specs to the 11" Macbook Air, but with a much higher resolution and a bunch of tablet extras. If they can match the Air's battery life that will be a huge success.
    
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How does obvious, become news..?

post #29 of 31
I have no idea what people are complaining about. 5 hours is incredible for such a small x86 device with a 1080p resolution.

its insanely more powerful than arm processors and with half the Battery life.. Im ok with that ... like a previous poster said... 5x more powerful for half the battery.. I'll accept that
 
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post #30 of 31
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Originally Posted by nathris View Post

To be fair though, your G73's battery probably weights as much as the entire Surface Pro.
The Surface Pro is similar in size, weight, and hardware specs to the 11" Macbook Air, but with a much higher resolution and a bunch of tablet extras. If they can match the Air's battery life that will be a huge success.

is it really more powerful than the 11" air though. i think the air has an i5 ulv too, so they should be pretty similar. either way, they are both best suited to "light" tasks
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