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my friend is convinced that mac osx greatly effects battery life, no matter what hardware you have installed. my personal opinion is that, no, its not necessarily superior, they just put the right parts in their airbooks, and tune their os out of the box to give them better battery life.

is there any info out there on wether someone does boot camp or whatever they call it to put windows 8 on a pc, if windows 8 drastically reduces the battery life? just curious if hes right, looking to learn. thanks
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This is solely dependent on what hardware is in the machine and how the energy profile in the operating system is set up.

If you had two IDENTICAL systems but one was running OSX and one Windows 8. The real test is to run a full screen HD film, nothing else going on. Then see what the battery life is like.

Im betting that they use a similar amount of power.

Of course, windows does have a large number of background processes running all the time. But Mac probably does as well.

In my opinion, they are two different products and are not supposed to be compared.
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If you want the absolute best battery performance, nothing is going to beat an arch linux system. You only install what you need so there are no wasted resources. It does take a little time and knowledge to setup but there are a lot of really helpful sources out there to get started and walk you through the whole process.

Out of OS X or Windows, an older version of OS X (like 10.6 which is what I am still running) is the most energy efficient since it does not have the bloat of newer versions. If you are comparing 10.8 and W8 though, I would bet that they are very similar in terms of battery life so I would just choose whichever you feel more comfortable with.

In the end though, the hardware makes the biggest difference in terms of power consumption. It's probably about 90% hardware 10% OS. Apple does a great job of integrating really low power components into one package which is why their batteries always last so long.
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You could consider running Android x86 in dual boot. I've heard reports of people running it on Macs now, but tbh I know quite little about it... Surely Android would offer more battery life than Win/OSX, considering it's designed for less powerful systems
    
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ChromeOS

Fast, Simple, gets better constantly, low cost and does everything a laptop should do. If you need more power then You can just use Chrome Remote desktop and take control of your rig.
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