Using Google Chrome Absolutely Kills the Battery Life of the New MacBook Pro

Using Google Chrome Absolutely Kills the Battery Life of the New MacBook Pro

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If you use Google Chrome on your MacBook while on the go, you may want to reconsider that.

Users have long complained that Chrome eats their battery much faster than rival browsers. The Verge decided to test just how much using Apple's new 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro. The results are staggering.

I ran the usual Verge battery test on Apple’s new machine. With the screen set to 65 percent brightness, it cycles through a series of websites until the laptop’s battery gives out. The native Safari made the new Retina machine look good: 13 hours and 18 minutes. Google’s Chrome, on the other hand, forced the laptop to tap out at 9 hours and 45 minutes.

That's a shocking 3 hour and 33 minute reduction in battery life. In addition, the site notes that the speed of the browser is also significantly worse. The SunSpider browser benchmark clocks the MacBook Pro in at 203ms when using Chrome. Safari scores 30% better at 144ms using the same machine. Even when trying to play content from YouTube, Chrome struggles. For example, Chrome is unable to play 4K 60fps YouTube video on the MacBook but the video can be played back using Safari.

While this may not be an issue for those plugged in, if you are traveling or need to conserve battery life. Consider using Safari, it gives you 36% more browsing time.

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Using Google Chrome Absolutely Kills the Battery Life of the New MacBook Pro
Anonimous - April 13, 2015 at 3:28pm
Fuck chrome how is that!!!!!
asspple - April 12, 2015 at 7:11pm
how easy it is to blame some else but their f u c k-ups, its so apple to blame somebody else for failures.
almightypple - April 12, 2015 at 7:33pm
Such irony one makes by criticizing the innocent for such an excuse such as asspple who doesn't accept the truth and turns the opposite into a desperate attempt of a clean up. I'll tell you what you can clean up, scraping the spew from your act from your rotten sour soul.
blondie9x - April 12, 2015 at 4:00pm
Just for comparison purposes would you mind running the test against Firefox also? Would like to see how Firefox compares against Chrome and Safari. Would really appreciate the test and results. Thanks.
Verdict - April 11, 2015 at 4:02pm
I was wondering why my 2010 MacBook Pro battery life went to crap. Thanks for letting me know.
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