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  • Very Good - 3.5hrs in OSX & 2.5hrs in Windows

    posted by tef8989 on 01/17/2010
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    Involvement:General (knows how to use it) - Ownership:1 day to 1 week

    Pros:

    Works as an original (even includes power indicator).
    About a 3rd of the cost of a new OEM battery.
    3.5 hours (browsing & wifi) use OS/X
    2.5 hours Windows use (OEM less with Windows too so no problem here)
    Battery life seems very good and compares well to original.

    Cons:

    These are not drastic 'CONS' but worth mentioning:
    Colour slightly different (but noticeable)
    The time remaining isn't always 100% accurate (it will just switch off with 20-30 mins left - easily avoided by simply setting the warning to 35-40 mins etc)
    Seems the 'cycles' increase by 2x each charge (mine has been charged twice but now says 8x - it arrived with 4x already on)
    Battery isn't as perfect a fit as the OEM (but it's fine and to be expected for a knock off)

    OtherThoughts:

    So far (early days I know) I'm very happy - £35 for something that would cost (UK) £100 and has decent battery life is what I consider a good bargain - I just hope it keeps up the good performance but anyone who has a Macbook can testify that even the OEM battery can be terrible, so if this lasts a year I'll remain happy.

    Bottomline:

    If you need a MACbook battery get this.
    It's performance is near identical to an OEM and the slight issue with the remaining time showed in the OS not being acurate can be avoided quite easily.

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