Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Checking out Macbook battery life
I earlier said that a Macbook will go about 2 hours on a battery charge. I'm going to test that. I turned off wireless and Bluetooth to save battery life, and will see how long I can go on that while doing typical "work" stuff such as browsing the Internet, editing text, playing with GarageBand (turns out it *will* do the kind of dynamics processing that I ranted it couldn't do, I just need to read the freakin' documentation, funny how that works, heh?), and otherwise doing stuff like I'd be doing on an airplane or train. Not watching a DVD or streaming mp3's, though. Those would probably use more juice.
GarageBand turns out to be able to do more than I thought yesterday. What can I say, I'm new to this Mac and Garageband thingy. Looks like it'll probably do everything I need to do for my own use, including clean up my crappy vocals (heh!). Running the guitar effects is pretty interesting. Hey, I can make my acoustic guitar sound like a Strat, whoa! If I were a pro I'd go for something like Logic Pro that allows lots of things like, for example, "stretching out" vocals phrasing to match an instrumental track (or vice-versa) without making it sound like crap, but for me, my guitar, and my MIDI keyboard for adding things like drums and such, GarageBand *might* do the trick. It's not as if I'm corresponding with myself across country (see: The Postal Service).
Discovered all the AU plugins for GarageBand (and Logic) over at MacMusic. Hmm. So it appears my frustration yesterday was just because I was using a new software app that I didn't know how to use, not because it won't do what I need it to do...
Hmm, currently at 78%, 41 minutes in. That implies that in light use in transit with all the radios turned off doing word processing and such I can get about 3 hours use out of the battery. Turn the radios all on, and battery usage is much higher, I know from experience...
Well, 'nuff techno-geekery for now. Your snark supply shall resume shortly.
-- Badtux the Geek Penguin
Labels: music, technology
Posted by: BadTux / 7/25/2007 10:54:00 AM
Yeah, I was pretty surprised when I saw that you said you were only getting 2 hours on your MacBook. I have been getting 4+ hours.
However, I now recall that was before I hooked up the wireless, so I always had wireless and bluetooth turned off. I use wireless a lot more now, but I typically have the macbook plugged in, so I don't really know the battery life in that situation.
Have you calibrated the battery yet? That is supposed to improve battery life as well. I did it by loading a garageband song, and playing it on repeat until the macbook stopped. With the sound off, of course. ;)
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