Surface Pro owners definitely are satisfied with Microsoft's new tablet. However, one legitimate complaint has been battery life -- most user have only been able to get about 3 to 4 hours per charge. However, we found that reducing the processing power percentage will give you five to six hours and you will barely notice a change in speed for most tasks.
If you right click on the battery icon on the lower right hand side of the screen and click "Power Options," you should have the "Balanced" plan selected. You then need to click "Change plan settings," and then click "Changed advanced power settings."
Scroll down to "Processor power management," click on the plus sign, and then click "Maximum processor state." Click on the plus sign, then change the percentage for "On Battery" (and "Plugged in" if you want to) from 100 percent to 80 percent. Press "OK" and your battery life has been extended.
Those who use their Surface Pro units for word processing, watching videos, and Internet surfing will barely notice a change in your machine. However, if you work with heavy graphics or video editing, you may want to temporarily change the power management back to 100 percent. It is easy to do.
I'm surprised Microsoft hasn't advertised this as a way to improve your battery life. Perhaps if they did, people would find a way to vent more criticism. What do you think, readers?