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We know all about Surface Pro specs now but we won't be able to get our hands on one until sometime in January. Hmmm. I'm very curious about the battery life of 4 hours. Is this like gas mileage and may "vary" according to use or is this an average? My guess, it's best case scenario.

 

I'm not surprised as this is just a touch laptop but dang. Only four? I wonder what our reaction would have been at 5 or 6 maybe? Six, no brainer. Five, there still would have been complainers.

 

Does 4 hours make your mind up?

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shmuelie

I think its less "best case scenario" and more of a "average best case". If a user only used metro aps and really turned down stuff they could maybe get to even the magical 9/10 of RT.

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Lethbridge

Once I heard the batterly life was only about half of the RT, it made me reevaluate if I am going to go with the pro. On the one hand, I rarely take my Surface RT anywhere, so I will always be near a charger, but on the other hand, all it will take is for me to forget to charge it and then I won't be able to use it when I want.

Before there was no question, I was definitely getting the Pro model, but now I am on the fence.

I will say that the pricing doesn't bother me at all though, cheaper than what I was expecting.

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FinsUpDNC

Most laptop batteries are in the keyboard area, there is no way to get a huge battery and keep the surface size.

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Dave

The teardown of the pro will be interesting.

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FinsUpDNC

I am looking forward to see how they are cooling it

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CommonTek

I disagree with the notion that people should have to venture to settings to 'turn things down' to conserve battery. The reason that other platforms, i.e. Ipad, have been so successful is because of the synergy between hardware and OS and the great UX that results. IOS for example is so easy and requires no maintenace and the UX is clean, smooth, and easy. Your basic users generally dont feel comfortable in settings, and more importantly they dont have the patience for it. A product should satisfy the user out of the box, not require the user to tinker and make changes to the OS/setttings in order to make the product satisfy them. This is where I am concerned with Windows rt/8 being able to be successful on a major level. Geeks like us have no problem tinkering but we represent 5-10% of the market, the product needs to be geared to the 90% because they can always count on our 10% no matter what and since Android and IOS have the market saturated already, MS has a hell of a fight on thier hands.

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schoondoggy

I think the 4 hours is based on work load. They generally measure battery life while streaming video or running office benchmarks. I have been very impressed with the standby battery life of the Surface RT. I would like to think the Pro will have good standby battery life, although where I will be using the Pro for work I don't think it will be in standby very often.

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SurfaceNerd

I think the 4 hours is based on work load. They generally measure battery life while streaming video or running office benchmarks. I have been very impressed with the standby battery life of the Surface RT. I would like to think the Pro will have good standby battery life, although where I will be using the Pro for work I don't think it will be in standby very often.

 

I'm with schoondog with this one. Use it heavy, the battery will be taking a beating. My laptop's battery takes a huge beating when I am using it heavily for "work" purposes.

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R0bR

I think 4 hours is pretty respectable and competative with other ultrabooks on the market considering the i5 and full HD touch screen.

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