These days when it comes to the fanciest tech toys, thinner is better. Customers are lining up to trade in their clunky models of phones and laptops for smaller, sleeker looking designs. Accordingly, manufacturers are beefing up the specs for this devices to give customers the power they want with the look they want.
But what about the battery life? One would think that with the thinner designs come smaller batteries, thus, reducing battery life. With that curiousity in mind, Darren Murph over at Engadget put a couple models to the test, and the findings offered nothing discouraging.
Under conditions that were described as “normal use”, the Apple 13-inch MacBook Air, HP Envy 14 Spectre, Samsung Series 9 and the Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra M3 had their battery lives tested. The results showed capabilities of better than five hours of life for each computer, with the Samsung Series 9 lasting as long as seven hours to lead the pack.
Granted that these ultra-thin models are often a bit more high-end in both production and cost, which will often get them some more quality makings when it comes to specs such as battery life, but the results are still encouraging. Even though the sizes of the the devices continue to shrink, while offereing bigger and better specs, the smaller batteries are not suffering from that smaller size.
To read more on the battery tests, check out the full editorial piece over at Engadget: http://www.engadget.com/2012/05/16/editorial-thin-laptops-mainstream-ultrabook-battery-life-changes/