XPS 15 (9550) - Battery life only 2.5 - 4 hrs!? (at 50% bright and "power savings")

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  1. Ish Patel

    Ish Patel Newbie

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    My FHD model gets 8-10 hours of battery life under heavy use between 25-50% brightness. It gets from 12-13 hours on light use.
     
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    othersteve Notebook Evangelist

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    From my experience you must also give Windows 10 a couple of days to iron out its wrinkles, perform background updates, and index data on the drive before things really calm down. It's been typical of many of my clients' PCs following W10 upgrades such that I have made a habit of keeping them on the repair bench for a day or so after the upgrade completes to allow all of this to process.

    Steve
     
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    jkkj Notebook Enthusiast

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    Nonsense, it is a Dell Problem. My 2013 Macbook Pro has a retina display and a 750M Nvidia discrete GPU and runs for about 7-8 hours on 50% brightness. I am considering the XPS 15 but from what I read the display is too glossy and the colors are accurate, and the battery runs empty in less than 5 hours :-(. The FHD version has quality issues with the bezel...
     
  4. armymax

    armymax Notebook Geek

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    Could you tell me how is the FHD panel and the exact model? Thank you
     
  5. paulthuong

    paulthuong Notebook Consultant

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    The so called retina display is a joke compared to 4k. it's only 2880x1800 which is over 3 millions pixels less than Dell.
     
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    ycon Notebook Consultant

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    Great Youtube vids!

    Which battery are you on 56W or 84w? Thanks
     
  7. MosGuy

    MosGuy Notebook Enthusiast

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    Specs are listed on the video, he has the 84 whr battery.
     
  8. roee7777

    roee7777 Notebook Enthusiast

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    4 hours only
     
  9. jkkj

    jkkj Notebook Enthusiast

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    I am not surprised, but this is really sad.
     
  10. GTIMK5

    GTIMK5 Newbie

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    I'm really bummed about the battery life so far. I have the i7, 256GB, 1080p screen... and am only getting 3-4 hours of battery life. That is with battery saver mode on and using only 20% brightness. I'm considering returning the laptop at this rate...any suggestions to improve the battery life. I have been using Chrome - maybe that's the cause? Or should I do a full Windows reset?
     
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