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How is Trinity compared to Haswell when it comes to battery time and heat? I'm considering an Asus U38N with SSD.

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Not even remotely close to Haswell battery life. Like 120% not even close to Haswell. Haswell has unimaginably good battery life compared to anything else on the market.

 

I was looking at the Samsung Ativ Book 9 Lite "ultra-book", which uses a Trinity A6, but that only got about 3 1/2 hours of battery life at the most for me, and I ended up returning it because its battery life was so bad (barely better than my old, old Macbook from 2007).

 

I actually finally settled on a Macbook Air, even though it was a bit more expensive, and I've been averaging 8-12 hours of battery life with about the same workload (lower end being a heavy workload). Its a world of difference.

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Ah okay.

Yeah, i need the batteri life. So i guess Haswell is the only one for me smile.gif

You happy about that Air? 13 inch?
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Ah okay.

Yeah, i need the batteri life. So i guess Haswell is the only one for me smile.gif

You happy about that Air? 13 inch?

 

Incredibly happy about it. Spectacular battery life, and does exactly what I need, which is a screen, that I can type on, that has a good keyboard attached to it (many ultrabook keyboards that I tried sucked), and doesn't totally perform/look like crap.

 

 

 

Only con I have against it is that since its made of a single aluminium chunk, it can get extremely cold overnight, and can get so cold that you can't set it on your lap for a bit until it warms up (first-world-problem).

 

 

However with the new 13" Macbook Pros having the Retina display + Iris Pro graphics, and being priced at only $1349 ($1299 Education discount), I'd almost say that is a better deal than the MBA unless you need the sheer portability of the MBA. I probably won't return my MBA for the new retina MBPs, since I needed the ultra-portability. But its something to consider.

 

 

In terms of Windows laptops with Haswell, there just wasn't anything that came close to what Apple offers. Their laptops are actually quite exceptional value (yeah, I associated that word with Apple).

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Yes im considering both MBA 13 and MBP with Retina 13.. But I first wanna see Asus' new Zenbook IRL

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I will second the Macbook Air 13" recommendation by Kinaesthetic. I recently bought a refurbished 2013 one from Apple for $929 (Canadian) + taxes, Only the base model, but fast enough for my needs. The battery life is incredible, and Mavericks has only increased it.
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