Why you should not run Windows 7 on a Mac
MacBook Air with Windows 7 offers low battery life
If you love the sleek design of a Mac and are thinking to buy one with the intention of running Windows 7 on it, be prepared to get low battery life. When Windows 7 is installed on the 13-inch MacBook Air using Boot Camp, the laptop’s battery performance is much lower as compared to OS X.
In an article published by online magazine ZDNet, technology writer Ed Bott analyzes the reasons for the relatively poor battery life of a Mac with Windows 7.
[box_light]Reasons for the low battery life of MacBook Air with Windows 7[/box_light]
Ed refers to a review of the 2012 model of the MacBook Air by Engadget. As per Engadget’s performance evaluation, the battery backup offered by the MacBook Air with OS X is 6 hours and 34 minutes, which is two hours more than MacBook Air with Windows 7 installed on it (4 hours and 28 minutes). According to Ed, the problem is caused by Apple’s Boot Camp utility, which is used to run Windows on Macs. Ed states that the drivers provided by Apple to support Windows are substandard. Because of this, Windows 7 is unable to take advantage of the MacBook Air’s hardware.
[box_light]Battery performance of Windows 7 Ultrabooks versus MacBook Air with Windows 7[/box_light]
Engagdet found that some of the Ultrabooks, such as the 13 or 15-inch Samsung Series 9 and Lenovo ThinkPad X230, fare better than the 2012 MacBook Air. In fact, as many as eight Windows 7-based Ultrabooks offer better battery backup as compared to the 2011 MacBook Air. So, you would be better off buying a Windows 7 Ultrabook rather than install Windows 7 on a Mac by using Boot Camp. Or, you could just use a Mac with OS X.
Read the full story about the battery performance of the MacBook Air with Windows 7.
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