From 4 to 7 hours

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  1. ctitanic

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    The reason why I opened this thread is because I hate when manufacturers set the expectations to high. The fact is that 90% of users will never see those promised 10 hours.

    In another hand, I have read many reviews and very few of them are talking about the battery life, why?

    6 to 7 hours using Chrome means less than 8 hours using IE and around the same time playing video.

    Now, the reviewer does not say how high is the brightness and that may take up to 30% of the battery. Still. If all his numbers are right I do not expect to see anyone getting more than 8 hours. Which just a little higher than what can be get with a PRO tweaking it very well.
     
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    From the PC Magazine Review :
    http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2426263,00.asp

    "One area where the Surface 3 leads the pack, however, is in battery life. On our rundown test, the Surface 3 lasted 9 hours 52 minutes, just a few minutes shy of the 10-hour mark" ...

    "The Surface 3 outlasts the competition; the Toshiba Encore 2 Write comes closest (9:03 on the same test), with the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 (8:55) clocking in just a bit behind. Our other comparison systems died hours sooner."
    They use an Industry Standardized Test.
     
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    I would be more than happy if I'm just seeing a ghost. I hate to be wrong but this is one of those cases where I'll be happy. For the record, I stopped reading PC Magazine more than 10 years ago.
     
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    That chart shows some pretty respectable figures for an Atom processor.
     
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    I did too but figures are what they do best and they're hard to dispute using a standardized test.
     
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    As always YMMV depending on what you do.

    PC Mag uses BAPCO Battery test, it's not as tough as some other tests but by comparison if system X lasts longer than the next guy it's all relative.

    No doubt there will be those complaining of only getting 4-5 hours of game play on battery to which I say boo hoo plug in.
     
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    I use Google/Bing search and a News Aggregator to find what's published.
     
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    Exactly. When you do a comparison x vs y that's the only valid test no matter what the tool was used to do the test.
     
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    Their numbers is too far from these numbers. They look more like MS numbers and we all know those are not realistic.
     
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    PC Magazine has been known to be a little less that impartial in the past which is why I stopped reading the Magazine but when you do comparison testing it's very difficult to argue with. Long ago I used BAPCO extensively and though it is a little long in the tooth it's still a resoable tool only to use for comparison. It's one of the few tests that the manufacturers could not find a way to cheat on. It's a very well rounded test.
     
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    So then how do you explain the difference in the numbers. I do not have the S3 yet but I would be surprised in anyone with normal use get 11 hours after seeing the numbers in this review.
     

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