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Opera Battery Saver Extends Laptop Battery Life By 50 Percent

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New power saving setting helps laptop batteries last for 50 percent longer when using Opera rather than rivals like Google Chrome

Opera has introduced a new battery saving feature to its desktop browser, claiming it can extend the battery life of a laptop by half when paired with native ad blocking.

The feature had been tested in the beta version of Opera 38 and achieves the savings by reducing the activity of background tabs, waking the CPU less due to better scheduling of JavaScript timers, pausing unused plugins, browser animations and tuning video settings.

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We used a Dell Inspiron 7559, 15,6″, i7-6700HQ, 16GB, 256GB SSD, Win10, GTX960M using the Balanced power profile, said the company in a blog explaining how Opera was able to run for 50 percent longer than Google Chrome.

The backlight was set to 100 percent all the time, Wi-Fi was running in 802.11n mode with RSSI -53 dBm.

Battery saver also keeps the laptop cooler by up to three degrees, preventing overheating in the summer.

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