Surface PRO 3 battery life report.

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  1. jl199954

    jl199954 Scribbler - Standard Member

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    Doc- I think my use case is close to yours. I've been getting near 9 hours on the SP2, and now SP3 actually seems even a little better. I have not been recording my time to the minute, but a pretty full charge makes it thru the entire day with room to spare. Today started at only 59% - was some browsing in the morning, 4 hours off and on at my desk in OneNote 2013. Afternoon was 2 client appointments (an hour more each of notes and displaying a .pdf), then a couple hours this evening of Outlook and browsing (yes, WAY too much TPCR!)

    All that said, I do seem to keep it pretty dim, particularly at home I only need what looks like 25-30% on the slider. I'd say near 40-50% at work is plenty bright for me. This is just preference, no attempt to preserve battery.

    Battery life is not an issue for me, seems like I'll get around 9 no problem.
    Power is not an issue. I haven't even heard my fan at all. A few long videos but no games I guess. I really considered the i3, but wanted the 8G for OneNote occasionally, and like you, if I don't spend the money, she will.

    Pen- Still undecided on the pen, it is good no doubt, and seemed to get better with some of the updates. (Am I wrong that the hover cursor got smaller in OneNote Metro from day 1? It's much smaller now.) Just not sure it's better than the stellar SP2 pen, but again undecided. I actually liked the ultra lightweight of the SP2 pen, and the button which for me provided a gripping point. At first I thought that button obnoxious, but I had a bit of trouble clicking the flush buttons on the SP3 and Feel pens. I think alternate nibs & pens may solve this well.

    Size is double edged- loving my new screen real estate, but at times it's almost too much (bed reading). I used my SP2 landscape in front of desktop keyboard, SP3 is finding it's way portrait to the right of the keyboard, but now my mouse is looking for a comfy home. Thinness is awesome. I do miss being able to palm the width.

    I use my SP3 with my Lumia 1520. A pen on the Lumia and I'd be all set. The OneNote integration is so fast and awesome.
     
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    I do not have a SP3, but I did post the multiple battery stress tests on this forum back in October. I now have the power cover, and today I decided to run a somewhat basic test while at work. I have the SP2 with battery cover running an external monitor at 2560x1440 along with its own screen at 100% brightness (auto brightness on though). I am at 11% remaining after pulling the plug 12:21 minutes ago. The SP3 could not pull this off since it does not have a power cover (yet), and that is why I did not buy one (yet). Yeeeeehaw!
     
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    interesting, they should be able to fix the audio service with an update then.
     
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    Nick52 Pen Pal - Newbie

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    Guys , can anyone give me an update on how long does the battery last while using note taking on onenote , doing some web browsing and document edditing , all at arround 50% brightness ? Also, i believe there is no need for the 8gb version for that kind of usage, am i right ?
     
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    Another battery usage report. I've so far been pretty impressed with the battery life:

    Finished watching a 720p mkv movie for 1h 45min using mobileHD metro app, and then did 2h15min of word process at about 40% brightness. Currently at 50%. At this rate, I can expect at least 8 hours, probably more, of battery life. This is far better than what I was getting on the SP2, which was ranging 6-7hrs
     
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    I use the MPC-HC, best player I used (VLC has many stupid quirks...)
    I dont know about the power usage of this player though, I never tested batterylife with that player on my 700T.

    Codec pack with the MPC-HC included, easiest to get everything in one go IMO.
    CCCP - Combined Community Codec Pack
    And a site-note most likely for desktop PCs: madVR is an interesting upgrade to the MPC-HC, it switches alot of the needed performance to the GPU.
     
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    Welp, I can report that CS is working somewhat close to what it should be. See the below chart. I'm burning through 1% battery per hour then practically nothing when hibernating after 4 hours. CS spec is no more than 5% over 16 hours. Good enough. :thumbsup:

    [​IMG]
     
  8. jnjroach

    jnjroach Technology Strategist Super Moderator

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    Continuous use you should see 7-9 hours, if you set it aside occasionally during the day, 9-11 hours....
     
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    How is Microsoft able to do this when the i5 model generally has the same components as the SP2? I assumed that any battery life gained by switching to N-trig would have been negated by the higher resolution display.
     
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    jnjroach Technology Strategist Super Moderator

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    They did it as they designed an efficient Connected Standby enabled device that is tuned in everyway to conserve battery without impacting 95% of their user base. The unfortunate side affect is the lack of sustained performance in PC gaming, some legacy creative applications, etc. (i.e. - the pages of complaints from the power user base with-in our own forum).

    The SP3 was designed to address two of the biggest knocks of the SP1 and SP2; weight/girth and battery life.
     
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