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3.5 hours of battery? For a laptop in 2012? Seriously?



And a Chromebook of all things. It isn't like this is a real operating system. For all the stuff you're giving up by having a Chromebook you'd think that it would at least be power competitive.

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Users would probably compare it to tablets, the Kindle Fire gets 9 hours, ipad mini gets 10...

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> It isn't like this is a real operating system

[citation needed]. How is Chrome OS not a "real operating system"?

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It isn't "general purpose."

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Sure it is. What makes it not general purpose? You can write and execute programs on it. How much more general purpose can you get?

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You can? From all the reviews I've read it runs web-"apps" things. I've never read that it can run software developed for the platform specifically.

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You can run Native Client code on it, just as you can in Chrome the Browser.

https://developers.google.com/native-client/

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For a laptop that costs $199, yes.

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I agree with the sentiment, but I've never used a laptop that had more than 2 hours advertised battery life (so, 1 hour in practice). My most recent purchase is a 2010 System76, so I'm quite out of touch, I know. I dream of having 3 hours+ of battery life on a laptop. That far, far more than I'm used to. Though, when tablets can do 10-20 hours, why is this stuck at 3? I agree, that does seem measly.

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Have not tried a mac?

My old macbook have 3+ hours on it on battery... The new ones are more impressive:

http://www.apple.com/macbookair/features.html#battery http://www.apple.com/macbook-pro/features-retina/#battery

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Installing flash block is often times the #1 way to improve your battery life.

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I don't have Flash installed, so Flash block isn't going to do much. Thanks though! :)

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Even in 2010, 1 hour is not acceptable, but a reasonable number to expect from a high-end, lightweight 2012 laptop would be around 7 hours (using Linux).

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