Solved! Laptop battery report

Feb 5, 2020
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Hi,

I am about to buy a second hand surface pro 4 with m-processor for 280 eur (definitly dont want a fan hence the choice for m-processor)

I am going to ask for a battery life check with the powercfg /batteryreport command (won’t be easy cause it has no keyboard).

I am wondering how I should interpret the report though.

I guess the two values in the report I should compare to one another are ‘design capacity’ vs ‘full charge capacity’. Is that correct?

And what difference between both values should be considered acceptable? I am not expecting any miracles from a used device but would still like to have 4 hours on a full charge of light - medium use (the main use would be Netflix and some webbrowsing).

thanks for any advice!
 

URsurrounded

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Feb 10, 2020
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If you are saving that much buying it used vs. even a factory refurbished unit, deal with it as is and if the battery is shot or hasn't been charged fully then used on battery power alone, buy a new battery for it. Pretty hard to quantify how good the battery in a laptop is unless you actually use the thing. Frankly I would stay away from used computers from 3rd party sellers. New ones are so cheap these days, or at least a factory refurbished one if you are on a tight budget, that you will at least have the manufacturer backing it up. As my grandma used to say, "used is exactly what the word implies".
 

URsurrounded

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Feb 10, 2020
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If you are saving that much buying it used vs. even a factory refurbished unit, deal with it as is and if the battery is shot or hasn't been charged fully then used on battery power alone, buy a new battery for it. Pretty hard to quantify how good the battery in a laptop is unless you actually use the thing. Frankly I would stay away from used computers from 3rd party sellers. New ones are so cheap these days, or at least a factory refurbished one if you are on a tight budget, that you will at least have the manufacturer backing it up. As my grandma used to say, "used is exactly what the word implies".
 
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