Windows 7: Laptop Battery Test

October 10, 2009 | By | 11 Replies More

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In 2006, Microsoft prematurely released Windows Vista into the world. The OS met strong criticism after being released with numerous software kinks and high hardware requirements which made it buggy for many older systems. Among laptop users, Windows Vista became infamous for sucking laptop battery power at an alarming rate.

Fast forward to 2009, Microsoft is looking to redeem its former operating system glory with the coming launch of Windows 7. In an effort to avoid a repeat of the Vista debacle, Microsoft has made claims of comprehensive testing and improved energy efficiency for the latest version of the Windows 7 operating system. By using a proprietary technique called coalescing Windows 7 is able to execute a number of regular tasks that require the CPU and allows a laptop to spend more time in low-power mode.

Initial testing of the Windows 7 battery life results have been good, but not great. According to testing performed by Microsoft, users should expect to see a 10 percent to 20 percent improvement in battery life when watching a DVD on Windows 7 instead of Vista. This adds an additional 10 – 20 minutes of movie watching on average.

What does this mean to the casual laptop owner?

If you decide to make the switch to Windows 7, expect to receive a few extra minutes of run time for your laptop. For most users the improved battery efficiency alone won’t warrant a purchase. But if you’re considering the purchase of Windows 7 for any of the other updates this enhancement will be a nice bonus.

Whether Microsoft is serious about energy efficiency or if this is mostly a public-relations move has yet to be seen. But by addressing Vistas’ blunders, Microsoft has at least shown they can learn from past mistakes. Windows 7 is available in stores October, 22nd 2009.

This article is a guest post by David Sterik. He is a fulltime blogger for Priority Electronics. You can contact him at david [dot] sterik [at] gmail [dot] com.

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  1. Mark Thomas says:

    Hopefully Windows will take a leap forward in battery lift, but I fell PC based laptops are an age behind MacBooks. Whether it’s down to the hardware or the software I don’t know (probably it’s both) but they still have a long way to go.

    After the Windows ME fiasco, you would have thought Microsoft might wouldn’t have made another disappointing OS so soon afterwards.
    .-= Mark Thomas´s last blog ..GT5 looks “better than reality” =-.

  2. Mathdelane says:

    Windows really have to make it good this time around in order to be relevant otherwise end users will just go somewhere else to find a better alternative which I’m sure are more than eager enough to impress.

  3. Susan Connor says:

    So, how many of you switched over already to windows 7 today? Is it the samo samo Microsft blue screen of death or did they finally come out with something worthwhile…might be time for them by now. 7 is my lucky number so I will try to get the download done soon.

  4. Susan Connor says:

    How many of you switched over to the new system today? do you like it or is it the samo samo microsoft nightmare. Has anyone had the blue screen of death yet? :))

  5. Mathdelane says:

    @Susan Connor
    I haven’t tried Windows 7 yet but hopefully it’ll be good somehow. Let me know what happened with your download, okay?
    Thanks for dropping by.

  6. Discount Electronics says:

    Some say that Windows 7 is much lighter than Vista. I am using it now and it’s very nice. Just like a combination of MAC and Vista.

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    @Discount Electronics
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  7. MrAllenU says:

    Windows 7 is a vast improvement from Vista and I have to say, on my own personal level, that it’s the best Microsoft OS to come out since XP.

    It was well worth the $30 student-upgrade!

  8. Mathdelane says:

    I haven’t tried Windows 7 yet but I’ve been hearing a lot of positive feedback from users lately.

  9. joe says:

    What do I choose between a MacBook Pro or a Windows Laptop for Graphic arts and Video editing?

  10. Mathdelane says:

    Hi Joe, on a hardware perspective, I’m not really the right person to ask which one could deliver your requirement as I simply don’t have one however on a software perspective, it’ll depend on the software’s compatibility with the hardware and the amount of space it carries in terms of HD and RAM.

  11. Anthony says:

    My advice as a Systems Administrator:
    If you are running on Windows Vista CHANGE to Win 7!!!!
    Windows 7 does not SUCK UP all your P.C.’s resources.

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