November 3, 2010

Adobe Flash, Draining Laptop Batteries Everywhere

Adobe Flash is a leader in draining Laptop batteries. As probably everyone has experienced, Flash significantly overloads the CPU. Whether it is watching Youtube videos or visiting a website with Flash animations, you can hear your laptop’s fan turning on. The fan is trying to keep the overworked CPU cool. And the result is that your laptop’s battery drains out much faster.

ars technica’s review of the MacBook Air quantifies it. They find that without Flash, the laptop’s battery lasted for 6 hours versus 4 hours with Flash, a huge difference.

Thank Apple for not pre-installing Flash on the MacBook’s.

And, which software is worse than Adobe’s Flash in battery-sucking abilities?  Symantec’s antivirus.