What is the average battery life for the Alienware 13? I'm only getting about 3 hours when I am only doing word processing and video watching? I get the feeling that this isn't what it is supposed to be and Dell's support pages are lacking in people to contact about it.
It would be good to know your CPU and if you have an HDD or SSD.
I can get at most 9 hours, but usually around 6.5 to 7. 3 hours sounds like something I would get it I set the laptop on high performance power plan and do whatever I want to do.
The battery life on the laptop can be a bit wonky. You can have good battery life one day but mediocre the next.
Currently owned computers:
AW13 R2 | i7-6500U | GTX 960m 4 GB + GA (R9 285 2 GB / RX 480 8 GB) | 16 GB 1600 MHz | 1800p Touchscreen | 2 x 500 GB SATA M.2 | Graphics Amplifier Performance Analysis with 13 R1
Desktop | i7-3770 | GTX 980 4 GB | 16 GB 1600 MHz | 120 GB mSATA + 960 GB SSD + 2 TB HDD | 600w PSU
Formerly owned computers:
HP Pavilion 15-n280us (given away) | Apple Mac Mini 2012 (sold) | m15x (damaged mobo) | 13 R1 (death by unknown) | m14xR2 (Tradied In)
Here's my experience:
I just got my AW 13 last week and I noticed other people have the weird battery drain issue. Well I can reproduce it consistently. When I am plugged in and power it on and just unplug the power inside of Windows the drain is like 7000-9000 mAh which equates to 6.5-7 hours. However, if I unplug it and start the machine cold the battery drain has a ridiculous range of 12000-26000 mAh. I can fix that every time by simply plugging the AC power in for a second and unplugging it and magically the drain backs down tot he 7000-9000 range. This is beyond bizarre. Can anyone else reproduce it? Mine came with the A03 BIOS and I just upgraded to the A04 which no luck. I also replaced the original Intel and Nvidia drivers with the official ones since this one has a GTX 960m. I started a support call but he's just having me run diagnostics, which isn't going to show a *** thing. It seems like there is a major bug in the system turning on from a battery state.