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#1 Atomic Wanderer Chicken

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Posted 22 December 2013 - 19:03

Does Aero Glass really reduce battery life? I have heard some people say Aero glass reduces battery life and some people say its a myth and it does not.

Best Answer MikeChipshop , 22 December 2013 - 19:24

That still isn't truly definitive, because there is no consistent data in the article. I have read from other experts that aero glass doesn't affect battery life

 

There is a definitive answer. Charge the battery to full and run the machine with Aero Glass on till it runs dry, measure this time. Do the same with glass turned off. That's your definitive answer. A conspiracy it is not.

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Posted 22 December 2013 - 19:05

Hello,

Wrong section.

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Posted 22 December 2013 - 19:06

Hello,

Wrong section.

 

Well it could be a conspiracy. ba...dum...tish



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Posted 22 December 2013 - 19:06

Hello,

Wrong section.

I am asking this in conspiracy section for the reason of because there are no concrete definite answers thus its a conspiracy

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Posted 22 December 2013 - 19:08

I am asking this in conspiracy section for the reason of because there are no concrete definite answers thus its a conspiracy

 

Well this is under "Real World News" - "It's a conspiracy!". I'd say it should be under Microsoft (Windows) Discussion & Support :).

 

And to answer your question, I think that when laptop graphics cards were crappier, it took more gpu power to run DWM, now I don't think it's an issue.



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Posted 22 December 2013 - 19:10

Hello, 

I am asking this in conspiracy section for the reason of because there are no concrete definite answers thus its a conspiracy

http://blogs.windows...ttery-life.aspx

Yes, there is a definite answer. There is no conspiracy.

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Posted 22 December 2013 - 19:12

Moved here



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Posted 22 December 2013 - 19:16

Hello, 
http://blogs.windows...ttery-life.aspx

Yes, there is a definite answer. There is no conspiracy.


That still isn't truly definitive, because there is no consistent data in the article. I have read from other experts that aero glass doesn't affect battery life

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Posted 22 December 2013 - 19:18

I would say with certainty, No.



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Posted 22 December 2013 - 19:21

Hello,

That still isn't truly definitive, because there is no consistent data in the article. I have read from other experts that aero glass doesn't affect battery life

blogs.windows.com is the official Windows team blog.

There are no "other experts" except the experts that made Windows themselves...

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Posted 22 December 2013 - 19:22

http://www.infoworld...y-life-myth-829


 

As I suspected, the battery consumption for the non-Aero scenario was within 1-2% of the consumption with Aero enabled. In other words, disabling Aero had little or no measurable impact on battery consumption under Windows Vista Ultimate when running a mix of common business productivity (Internet Explorer, Word, Excel and PowerPoint) applications.

 



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Posted 22 December 2013 - 19:24   Best Answer

That still isn't truly definitive, because there is no consistent data in the article. I have read from other experts that aero glass doesn't affect battery life

 

There is a definitive answer. Charge the battery to full and run the machine with Aero Glass on till it runs dry, measure this time. Do the same with glass turned off. That's your definitive answer. A conspiracy it is not.



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Posted 22 December 2013 - 19:29

Thanks for all the answers, but I will have to test to see if aero glass really reduces my battery for my self :)



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Posted 22 December 2013 - 19:31

I'd say the most definitive way is to look at a power meter with it enabled and disabled (~$20-30 to purchase). I would suspect that the difference is less than watt. Then just do a ratio of how much the difference is over the total energy being expended to get the % difference in power usage. A difference MAY not even be detectable.

 

I'd test myself but I don't run Windows 7 anymore.

 

You'd probably need to remove the battery or have it fully charged to get a correct reading with such a device because laptops pull more energy when charging the battery.



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Posted 22 December 2013 - 19:31

Thanks for all the answers, but I will have to test to see if aero glass really reduces my battery for my self :)

 

That's the best plan. You'll never know (or trust any other answers) until you try yourself.





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