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7 Ways to Improve Battery Life on Windows 8 Laptops

Improve battery life for more use of your laptop.

Improve battery life for more use of your laptop.

Improve Your Overall Battery Life With These Tips

Windows 8.1 has much of the same features for saving battery life that were found in earlier versions of Microsoft Windows. However, many are not found in the same places. Using these options will help your battery in your laptop or tablet last much longer.

1. Disabling Bluetooth

Most likely, your laptop or tablets Bluetooth support in Windows 8.1 is enabled by default. Leaving Bluetooth t=running can be a drain on your battery if not in use. If you are not using the Bluetooth, it is easily disabled. Access your charms and select Settings > Change PC settings. Go to PC and devices > Bluetooth and change it to off. You can easily enable it when you want to use Bluetooth.

2. Display Brightness Adjusted

The backlight of your screen uses a lot of power. Reducing the brightness of your display can save power. Although devices that have brightness sensors are automatically adjusted with Windows 8.1 you still have the option to set the brightness yourself.

Open your charms and choose Settings. Tap the brightness icon and adjust the slider to the brightness preferred.

3. Choosing a Power Plan

There are standard power plans in Windows 8.1 still. These are basically setting groups that can be changed at once. Example, Balanced is the default power plan, but you are able to change it to Power Saver to save power in your battery.

Additional options are exposed with power plans. By selecting this, you are capable of adjusting several power settings for controlling how your tablet or laptops power saving works. Unless you are familiar with the advanced setting, it is recommended you do not change them.

To find your power plans, open Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Power Options. Now choose what power plan you prefer.

 4. Computer Sleep Time and Display Adjusted

Although, you might not want to go far into power plan options, you might want adjustments made with “put the computer to sleep” and “turn off the display” times. To save time on your battery, you want the display to shut off quickly when not in use.

Go to Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Power Options > Edit Plan Settings to adjust times.

5. Unplug Devices

Any device that is plugged into your laptop, is consuming power, such as USB mouse. This does not use much power, but other devices do.

6. Airplane Mode

Using Airplane mode disables Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and other data connections. If you are not in need of them, use Airplane mode by opening Charms, Settings, Wi-Fi icon then turn it on.

7. Automatic App Updates Disabled

You can save a small amount of power by disabling this feature. Open Windows Store app. Open charms and go to Settings > App updates. And switch off.

Now you can surf the web, watch movies, do work or school right on your laptop without having to worry about draining the battery so fast. Make sure your computer is set to last for quite some time.

New Intel 4th Gen i3, i5, i7 Laptop CPU

The wait is over, the newest generation of  Intel CPUs  are here. The CPU (Central Processing Unit) is the most important part of your laptops performance. The 4th Generation (Named Haswell) has been release with some promising improvements over its predecessors. As with the 3rd generation there are still three classes of processor.

Intel Core i3

The Intel core i3 is built for your everyday home consumer. It provides a generous amount of processing power for surfing the web and other moderate application the average person may need. At a lower cost to the consumer this processor is great for general use.

Intel Core i5

The Intel core i5 is generally meant for businesses. It provides more processing power for multitasking and getting jobs done while still being reasonable in price for businesses to employee them on a large-scale.

Intel Core i7

The Intel core i7 is meant to be the cream of the crop. It is built for engineers, gamers and anyone else requiring ample amounts of processing power at their disposal.


  • Up to 15% better CPU performance over previous gen
  • Applications load twice as fast
  • More overclocking flexibility for enthusiasts
  • 10 days battery life in connected standby
  • 20X reduction in idle power draw
  • Lower power CPUs
  • Up to 2x better 3D graphics
  • Intel Wireless Display® capable
  • Auto connect to WiFi hotspots
  • Anti theft technology – disable PC remotely


The 4th generation Intel core processors have focused on improving on a great CPU and added a few new features. The important thing about laptops is your portability. That is why you buy a laptop over a desktop. One of the problems with this portability is you are more vulnerable to the laptop being lost or stolen. Intel has developed a new feature called Intel Anti Theft®, where you can track your lost or stolen laptop through the processor . What you can do is either track the location of the stolen laptop or just simply shut it down remotely. This feature does however require a monthly or yearly service subscription. With the new 4th generation your battery life has an expectancy of about 9 hours (depending on use). The processor runs on a lot less power creating much less heat and thus reducing the strain on the entire system. They have also increased the speeds at which these processing power houses can perform. Making them able to multitask smoother and increasing over all performance. They have also improved the graphics performance on the 4th gen processors. Making the graphics on systems with these new upgrades superb. These processors are already on the market and (in a few months) will be all over shelves in most stores. What ever the need Intel has you covered. Enjoy and look to IQ Computers Blog Spot for more technical specification on these processors. As always look to IQ Computer Services for all your computer purchasing and repair needs.