Apple devices are known for many things: their "simply works" policy, aesthetics, closed software ecosystems and, of course, price levels Premium However, an area in which they are more at par with the market is the one with the duration of the battery. The laptops that have a proven good durability are the Microsoft Surface Book 2 and the HP Specter Folio, but this does not mean that MacBooks are necessarily “bad” in this section. What MacBook has a higher battery life? Depending on the type of work for which you require it.
In fact, if you know which MacBook to choose and configure it properly, you can stand with the battery during a full day of work.
Apple's MacBook Air has always prioritized portability and aesthetics over other aspects, such as performance. However, in the current MacBooks line, it has proven to be the most durable by both the specifications and our own tests.
When Apple updated the MacBook Air design in 2018, it added eighth-generation Intel Core processors. These chips made the MacBook Air not only more powerful, but also more conservative with its use of energy. The MacBook Air comes with a 49.9 watt-hour battery, but how does that compare in the tests? Apple claims that you can get 13 hours of iTunes playback, and in our tests we found that the current MacBook Air was capable of playing 1080p videos in a loop for 10 hours, or about eight hours of web browsing.
You may be able to increase this record even further by keeping the screen brightness low and background applications to a minimum. The configuration possibilities are limited, but with smaller storage and memory capabilities you will have the advantage of being able to extend the useful life of the battery. Apple also recommends keeping your device updated and avoiding extreme temperatures when using the MacBook.
16-inch MacBook Pro
The Apple MacBook Pro range is the one that shows the real power with all kinds of hardware options for those who need more muscle in their MacOS tasks. When it comes to MacBooks, battery life is not bad either, but it is better to choose specific models and study your ideal configuration to make the most of it.
When Apple launched the MacBook Pro 16, it announced the largest battery in the entire MacBook range: a 100-watt-hour monster. Apple argues that this gives an extra hour of battery life compared to the 13-inch MacBook Pro, with its 11 hours of wireless Internet browsing or movie playback on iTunes. However, the reality is that it is not as simple as deducing that a larger battery equals a longer battery life: the MacBook Pro 16 contains much more powerful components than its younger brother of 13 inches, which contributes to depleting the battery. battery life.
In our tests, the MacBook Pro 16 lasted about five and a half hours in our regular daily workload, such as running dozens of tabs, playing music on Spotify and using Slack. It is a somewhat disappointing record, especially considering the duration of the 11-hour battery promised by Apple, but it is not too surprising, given that the MacBook Pro 16 runs a high resolution display and powerful components.
However, this record may vary if you configure the computer to last the battery life. Choosing the Core i7 processor over the Core i9, or opting for a slightly lower graphics card, can help you save battery power. But if you need more powerful components, battery life is a commitment that you will have to consider.
13-inch MacBook Pro with TouchBar (2019)
In regards to the 13-inch MacBook Pro, we found that it reached more than 10 hours in our video playback test with a Core i5 processor, and in general use, you could spend a full day at work. This coincides with the 10 hours that Apple says it should achieve, so it remains an acceptable option if you are looking for a good battery life.
Interestingly, the MacBook Pro 13 has a 58-watt or 58.2-hour battery (depending on the model you choose) versus the 100-watt battery in the MacBook Pro 16, which shows that the specifications are not everything. Despite having a smaller battery on paper, the 13-inch model may last longer than the MacBook Pro 16 due to its less powerful components.
On the other hand, the MacBook Pro 13 is much cheaper than the 16-inch model: the 13-inch device starts at $ 1,299 dollars, while the larger model starts at $ 2,399 dollars. In short, your battery can be 16 percent larger, but it doesn't last 16 percent longer and its price is much higher than 16 percent.