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Opera now has a power-saving mode to cater to notebook PCs

By Peter Chu - on 13 May 2016, 10:14am

Opera now has a power-saving mode to cater to notebook PCs

 Here's how you can activate Opera's power-saving mode. <br> Image source: Opera

Web browsing is often times the biggest culprit behind the horrible battery life of your notebook, which can be rather worrying if you don’t have a nearby power socket at your disposal.

The good news is that Opera understands your predicament, and have added a power-saving mode into their web browser, which the company claims to be able to prolong the battery life of your notebook by up to 50 percent, compared to other browsers like Google Chrome.

Opera’s bold claims aren’t unfounded though, as they managed to obtain the results in real-life using a Lenovo X250 that was running on an Intel Core i7-5600U processor, 16GB of RAM, and a 64-bit version of Windows 10.

Image source: Opera

Their testing procedure was rather straightforward: they used Selenium WebDriver to load 11 different webpages (including YouTube), scrolled each of them five times, left them unattended for a minute, and then closed the tab. This process was then repeated until the notebook PC ran out of battery.

To enable Opera’s power-saving mode, users will have to unplug their notebook’s charging cable, and click the power-saving icon that will appear on the top-right hand corner of the Opera browser, right below the ‘close window’ button. Opera will also automatically prompt you to activate its power-saving mode once the remaining battery capacity of your notebook dips below 20 percent.

Unfortunately, the power-saving mode is currently exclusive to the latest developer version of Opera. Though we’re pretty confident that it’ll be making its way to end-users soon enough.

Source: Opera via The Verge