MacBook ‘Protects You’ By Not Performing Well Without Battery

Posted Saturday, November 22, 2008 by Daniel Shain

Strangly enough, Apple has decided it is in your benefit for their new MacBook to not perform very well when running on AC power alone.

That’s right, when the battery is out of the laptop it takes a serious performance hit. And we mean serious – tests revealed a 37% drop. Many users remove the battery from their laptop when it is in extended stationary use because it can help improve battery life, and for these users this could be a serious problem (especially if they’re not expecting it). Apple explains that it “prevents the computer from shutting down if it demands more power tan the A/C adapter alone can provide.” We’re not sure we entirely understand why this had to happen (we’ve used plenty of other laptops without having it inexplicably shut down on A/C power), but apprently it does. You’ve been warned. ยด