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Doesn't live up to my expectations,
This review is from: Apple MacBook Air MD224LL/A 11.6-Inch Laptop (OLD VERSION) (Personal Computers)
I've recently bought this product, thinking about mobility and ease of use, but have been somewhat disappointed.
Yes, the computer is fast. Very fast. It is also lightweighted, but it lacks a core feature I was expecting from such an expensive piece of hardware - a good battery life.
I have not seen my MacBook last more than two hours! Actually, it usually lasts a little less. And I'm not a heavy user - I use WiFi, navigate the web (webmail), some Word or Excel once in a while... nothing out of the ordinary...
For the price I paid (and one of the reasons I paid it was due to the promise of 5 hours of battery life) I think it was not worth it. My old Netbook (a LG X200) which I bought almost two years ago still runs over 3 hours on battery power alone.
For a traveller like me, this has not been a good experience.
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Initial post: Jul 28, 2012 10:47:31 AM PDT
Robert Moore says:
I'm sure you've tried to turn down the screen brightness a few notches. Here's a tip. Flash can suck the life out of a laptop battery. There's a Safari extension called 'Click To Flash'. Download and try it.
Posted on Jul 28, 2012 11:22:16 AM PDT
Ryan S C says:
speak at a apple store and they will diagnose the problem...
Posted on Aug 2, 2012 6:50:14 PM PDT
sounds to be a defective battery, bring it in to apple, they will take care of it
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 29, 2012 2:09:32 PM PST
I am having the same issues is the 11.6 inch from what I am hearing I am about to head up to the store and get it exchanged for a 13 inch instead.
Posted on Dec 20, 2012 1:51:46 PM PST
b at home says:
Dude, take it back. In no situations should it last less than two hours. Even with screen turned up and running multiple apps. You have a defective machine. Return it. It happens.
Posted on Jan 17, 2013 3:00:47 AM PST
You could also try running "Activity Monitor" and seeing if something is spiking your CPU.
Posted on Jan 26, 2013 8:26:19 AM PST
My MacBook Air battery easily lasts 6 hours running all the things you mentioned (and more) ... so something is certainly going with your Air that merits investigation.
Are you plugging something into your USB ports? Some USB devices can use a lot of juice. Also, as others have mentioned, Adobe Flash can often use an inordinate amount of battery. If you installed Flash, consider upgrading it, using a flash blocker, or removing it altogether.
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