Mac users who need power, portability, and battery longevity can rest easy knowing the latest MacBook Pro outlasts the latest Windows 8 laptops and at least one Chromebook model in battery tests. UK consumer reports magazine Which? tested the battery life of 18 Windows 8 laptops against the latest 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display and a Chromebook.

The tests were run by playing videos from the laptop’s hard drive and also browsing the web. The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display came out on top, lasting 30 minutes longer than the closest Windows 8 laptop in basic web browsing. The MacBook lasted 6 hours, while the Acer Aspire timeline Ultra M5-581T lasted 5.5 hours. The Acer did have a screen that was 2 inches larger, but that screen does not support a Retina-type display. When videos were watched on both laptops the MacBook lasted an hour longer than the Acer. The Samsung series 3 Chromebook came in a distant third at 3 hours and 44 minutes.

MacBook Pro with Retina display tops Windows 8 laptops, Chromebook in battery test originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Mon, 11 Mar 2013 14:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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