Chromebooks Unplugged: Battery Life Comparison

If you’re interested in getting a Chromebook, it goes without saying that you probably want the freedom to access the web from anywhere. Some people will use theirs primarily at home, perhaps on a desk with speakers and a mouse or perhaps taking it from room to room to do some work and play in a comfy chair. Others want the convenience to take a notebook out on the porch, to the coffee shop, to the office, to class, and so on without worrying about dealing with a power cable or finding an outlet.

Both the Samsung Chromebook and the Acer Chromebook have very high-capacity batteries that will allow you to use the web without being connected to an outlet for up to 8.5  hours, far more than most netbooks and certainly more than most bulky laptops. You really can’t go wrong with either Chromebook model, but depending on your own specific battery needs you may want to choose one or the other.

While both the Acer Chromebook and the Samsung Chromebook have very similar specs, battery life is one area they noticeably differ. We want to emphasize that the Acer’s battery life is by no means short or lackluster, it’s actually superior to most netbooks and other notebooks. However, the Samsung Chromebook is still the clear winner when it comes to working with no cords attached — a considerable benefit for those who plan to use their Chrome notebook on-the-go.

The Acer AC700 WiFi offers 6 hours of battery life. Even better, that’s based on mixed-usage — meaning the figure of 6 hours includes time spent surfing the web, editing documents, e-mailing and instant messaging, watching full-screen streaming video, and more. This means that theoretically you could see even longer battery times if you are only using the AC700 to work, e-mail, and surf the web. If 6 hours of battery life is more than enough for you, I highly recommend going with the Acer AC700 Chromebook.

If you want longer battery life, the Samsung Series 5 Chromebook offers an extraordinarily high 8 and a half hours of battery life. That’s more than enough time to use your Chromebook for an entire day of work or school, without having to find an outlet –even leaving the power cable at home.  If you want to use your notebook for longer without worrying about being plugged in

Official battery times aside, I’d like to add on a personal “real world” note that my sister-in-law, a social worker, brings her Acer to work in the morning and doesn’t even bring the power adapter because, for her needs, the battery lasts her the whole day, and she just plugs it in when she gets home in the late afternoon. Your mileage might vary, but I figured I’d share just in case you’re concerned about the Acer’s battery life. However, if battery life is very important to you, I definitely recommend going with the Samsung Series 5 for its extra 2.5 hours of battery life over the Acer.

If price is more important than extraordinary battery life, or you’re mainly going to use yours at home or in one location, you can’t go wrong with the Acer’s 6 hour extended-use battery — with the otherwise very similar specs, it’s really just a matter of price and personal preference.

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